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Impressions of a Canvasser

Scene: A Certain State Capitol.


Half a dozen Legislators Opposed.

Please, sir, to tell us, if you will,
How you will vote upon our bill?

1st Legislator:
Ladies, observe my easy grace,
My manners and my pleasant face;
I hope you see I bow, I smile,
I call you "ladies"—all the while
My heart is black with seething hate
That I, who am so very great,
Should have to waste a single minute
On your affairs—there's nothing in it.

Suffragists (to another legislator):
And you, sir, if we recollect,
Are much opposed. Is that correct?

2nd Legislator:
Opposed! O ladies, no, indeed!

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