Author of The Runaway in Oz, The Wonder City of Oz, Lucky Bucky in Oz, etc.
Originally published in the Philadelphia North American, January 21, 1906.
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THE FORGETFUL POET
By Ruth Plumly Thompson
Originally published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, January 19, 1919.
The Forgetful Poet's Puzzles
I suppose you have guessed by this time that the man he mentioned last week was a snow man. Who else would wear a tin pot on his head, or run away from hot water?
In this paragraph our old friend says he has hidden nine poets--fellow-workers he called them. Now I wonder if you can play hide and seek well enough to find them?
There was once a slender, long fellow who owned a field near the sea, which made the soil very shelly. But he plowed it with a good heart and raised all manner of vegetables. He had a ready tongue, no one was wittier than he, as the neighbors often remarked of his conversation, "Every word's worth hearing."
The goodness of his heart you may well judge when I tell you that a rabbit he caught nibbling his cabbages he let go Scot free, though as the miller declared, "It should be browning on his spit for it's thievery!"
What letter of the alphabet preserved results in a delicacy loved by boys and girls?
(My goodness! he's using big words today, and he hasn't written a single verse; must have indigestion or something.)
[Answers next time.]
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