Title: The Slant Book
Author: Peter Newell
Release Date: December 8, 2005 [EBook #17254]
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This uphill work is slow, indeed,
But down the slant—ah! note the speed!
Copyright 1910, by Harper & Brothers
Patented September 20, 1910
Published November, 1910
Printed in the United States of America
Where Bobby lives there is a hill—
A hill so steep and high,
’Twould fill the bill for Jack and Jill
Their famous act to try
Once Bobby’s Go-cart broke away
And down this hill it kited.
The careless Nurse screamed in dismay
But Bobby was delighted
He clapped his hands, in manner rude,
And laughed in high elation—
While, close behind, the Nurse pursued
In hopeless consternation
An Officer slid off the lid
As Bobby hove in sight,
And bellowed out, “You’re scorchin’, kid—
I’ll run you in all right!”
But down the Go-cart swiftly sped
And smashed that Cop completely,
And as he sailed o’er Bobby’s head
Bob snipped a button neatly!
A funny Son of sunny Greece
Was standing near the curb,
Beside his push-cart, wrapped in peace,
That naught could well disturb
But all at once he got a shock—
The Go-cart speeding down,
Collided with his fancy stock
And littered up the town!
The runaway then swerved a bit
And snapped a Hydrant, short;
Which accident proved quite a hit
Of rather novel sort
The Water spouted in a jet
As much as ten feet high,
And all were soaked and nearly choked
Who chanced to be nearby!
A farmer’s wife, Miss’ Angy Moore,
Was trudging up the grade.
A basketful of eggs she bore
To barter with in trade
The Go-cart and the Lady met
(Informally, no doubt)
And made a sort of omelette
And spread it round about!
A Painter on a ladder perched,
Was working at his calling—
Against its foot the Go-cart lurched
And sent the fellow sprawling
His pot of paint came tumbling down
And wrong side up, it settled
About a Chappie’s flaxen crown—
Oh, my! but he was nettled!