Poetry of Kansas

Ode To Major Robert Lewis

BONUS FOR OUR BOYS Uncle Sam should give a bonus To the boys he sent to France. He should also give a bonus To those boys he held in camps. We gave ten billion dollars To protect our allied shores Against the most desperate army That we have any history of. We aid all our big industries The railroads when they rock; To hold them up in business We allow them to issue stock. If there is one returned hero That is inefficient now, In all honest candor We ask, Who made him so? How well we yet remember The place where last we stood, The day our boys departed For the unknown battle front. We said, "Good-bye, dear brother," Or "Farewell, dear son." A fervent prayer we offered For their safe return. Congress, we petition In behalf of our noble sons, A bonus should be paid To each and every one. They saved our flag and country; They faced the German guns, And won a world victory In the famous woods of. Argonne.  

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??)

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