Little Sylvia, pretty elf,
Shot her brothers, then herself;
Papa, when he saw them dead,
Felt a bit disquited.
Wells, Carolyn, comp. Such Nonsense! An Anthology. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918.
Algernon Jones ate Paris Green,
And died all over the carpet clean,
The loss of the rug piqued Algie’s father,
Who remarked, “He always was a bother.”
— Harvard Lampoon
Published in Life, Vol XL, Number 1052, New York, 1902.
*”Paris Green” was a poison made by the Sherwin-Williams Company.
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