Collection of Kansas Poetry

COMPILED BY
Miss Hattie Horner
 
                                                                                                                       

 WILL. A. WHITE. 137

 
The han's 'ud wash there mornin's, an' the stock 'ud come at 
      night, 
To drink ez fast ez Lige could pump an' work 'ith all his 
      might. 
The cattle they'd injoy it, though, an' when they'd got enuff 
They'd stick their noses in the troft an' pull 'em out an' snuff. 
So when the stock 'ud go away, an' Lige was perty hot 
He'd stop the spout a runnin' 'ith his hand, ez like ez not; 
He'd pump a bit, then shet his eyes, an' put his mouth down 
      plump, 
An' drink a stream of gladness from 
the ol' 

wood 

pump. 

 
An' when you had to prime it, then they was an awful fuss; 
The girls 'ud git the wotter pails and make a dredful muss, 
Spillin' more outside 'n in; you could hyur it splashin' down, 
Dashin' round aginst milk things 'ith a holler, far off soun'; 
Perty quick the pump 'ud sniffle; then he'd sorter turn an' 
      growl; 
Then, ez if he did n't like it, he 'ud jes' git up an' howl; 
An' before you hardly know'd it 'ud hyur a little thump, 
An the wotter 'ud be flowin' from 
the ol' 

wood 

pump. 
 
 
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