Edgar Lee Masters

(23 August 1868 – 5 March 1950 / Kansas / United States)

Ida Chicken - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

After I had attended lectures
At our Chautauqua, and studied French
For twenty years, committing the grammar
Almost by heart,
I thought I'd take a trip to Paris
To give my culture a final polish.
So I went to Peoria for a passport --
(Thomas Rhodes was on the train that morning.)
And there the clerk of the district Court
Made me swear to support and defend
The constitution -- yes, even me --
Who couldn't defend or support it at all!
And what do you think? That very morning
The Federal Judge, in the very next room
To the room where I took the oath,
Decided the constitution
Exempted Rhodes from paying taxes
For the water works of Spoon River!

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  • (8/13/2008 2:48:00 PM)

    Was Thomas Rhodes an icon in the judicial system at this time? Why was he exempt from paying taxes? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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