Little Willie feeling mean
Fed his sister Paris Green*
As she lay in agony
Willie boy was full of glee.
Published in the Manzanar Free Press on March 20, 1943.
The inaugural issue of the Manzanar Free Press was published on April 11, 1942. Produced by a Japanese American staff, it was the first newspaper of its kind in an assembly or relocation center. From its start as a simple means to disseminate information, the Manzanar Free Press grew into an independent journal with international, national and camp news, sports, editorials and gossip.
Manzanar was one of the Japanese American internment camps of WWII.
*”Paris Green” was a toxic pigment made by the Sherwin-Williams Company.
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Willie poisoned his father’s tea;
Father died in agony.
Mother came, and looked quite vexed:
“Really, Will,” she said, “what next?!”
And here’s the earlier version:
Susan poisoned her grandmother’s tea;
Grandmamma died in agonee.
Susan’s papa was greatly vexed,
And he said to Susan: “My dear, what next?”
Mackintosh, Newton (comp.), A Chamber of Horrors with Profane Passages. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1896.