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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950). Spoon River Anthology. 1916.

82. John M. Church

I WAS attorney for the “Q”

And the Indemnity Company which insured

The owners of the mine.

I pulled the wires with judge and jury,

And the upper courts, to beat the claims

Of the crippled, the widow and orphan,

And made a fortune thereat.

The bar association sang my praises

In a high-flown resolution.

And the floral tributes were many—

But the rats devoured my heart

And a snake made a nest in my skull!