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AUNT JEMIMVS TOAST
Honey, you ax me fuh a toas'. Jes wait now, lemme look;
To your friends you are as redolent as the perfume of Araby; to your enemies, as noxiously malodorous as the fumes of Tartarus. To those who love you, you are the balsam of life, a universal comforter, an inspiration and a joy forever. To those who hate you, you are a badge of stultitude, a menace to the peace and dignity of the commonwealth, a curse to humanity.
In the kingdom of matrimony, you are a perpetual source of discord, and yet in the glowing calumet of the aborigines you were a symbol of peace, and the incense that rose around your ashes served to stay the hand that raised the tomahawk. Through centuries you have floated down to us, and today you know no flag save that which waves over the common brotherhood of man.
Sir Walter Raleigh sought to prove that your smoke has avoirdupois, but no mortal can weigh the part you have played in the affairs of mankind. You have been the "divine afflatus" of the poet, the good genius of the artisan, the comforter of the sorely distressed—the pet aversion of wives.
When first we meet you, you make us sick, but once we know you, we are sick only when we dislike you. In short, you are a paradox of paradoxes, and, though designated as the "weed," you are the king of plants. He who "hits" his pipe, hits his best friend.
TO THE NAMELESS UNFORGOTTEN
O Virginia, with thy story
Of thy wars and meed of glory—
bhouldst recall that of immortals
Who have passed beyond thy portals, Linger spirits that are nameless in the record of thy fame:
Old black "Mammy"—and the maiden
Fair as any in that Aiden;
There's the horses and the chases
And there's all the kinds of graces [name.
That can charm the mellow fancy of the hosts that love thy
But the knight who sniffed the hint
Of the virtues of the mint, [game,
Which skidoo'd the finest nectar from its prestige in the
Wears a crown that's ever green,
And afresh it blooms serene At each returning springtime, in the season for the same.
Edwin A. Hbrndon. Lynchburg.