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JIM: Any truth to the rumor going around about Katy?

JIM uncovers a poem about a lively discussion - heated argument, not civil discourse - about overheard and put into verse by Dr. James Jones in 1908., sent to us upon seeing the bug on the mum wrongly or incompletely identified as a 'hopper,' by a picture taker who "oughta knowed better."
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By JIM

Methinks the lad (well, possibly a lad since no ovipositor is visible) is a katydid. If indeed so, Dr. James Thomas Jones penned a charmingly gossipy rhyme about his scandalous (or was she?) lady love, to-wit:


A Racket
by Dr. James Thomas Jones, August 12, 1908
You know it's not my turn to talk,
But if you'll never mention
Just what I overheard last night
During a contention,
Between prating parties who,
Made hideous the night
Around my lowly domicile
From dark 'til morning light.

But what their midnight mission was,
I'm not prepared to tell,
But know it quite sufficient was
To cause a mighty yell,
All relatives assembled there
Disputing face to face,
Contending both for and against
The lady in the case.

At meddling in a family fuss
'Tis safest to be slow,
And just which side was in the right
I'm sure I do not know,
And if I could in truth decide
Then prudence would forbid,
For some pronounced the charge untrue
While some say Katy--did.
(Published in the Adair County News, August 12, 1908.)


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