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Barney Hainsfeather

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If the excursion train to Peoria
Had just been wrecked, I might have escaped with my life --
Certainly I should have escaped this place.
But as it was burned as well, they mistook me
For John Allen who was sent to the Hebrew Cemetery
At Chicago,
And John for me, so I lie here.
It was bad enough to run a clothing store in this town,
But to be buried here -- ach!

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Kim Barney 26 August 2015

I wonder if this poem is based on a true incident, and if Barney Hainsfeather and John Allen's bodies really were switched and buried in the wrong places! My search engine is not working. Can anyone find out and let me know?

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