Bill Rye was saying in a store, one day at Baxter|
That in the future every man would be a-wearing
Of course I took the statement as a hard-shell
And whacked him on the shoulder and observed
"You're mighty right."
This happened Friday afternoon: -- on Saturday, a
I met Bill prancing down the street, a-looking like a
He said: "I want to shake your hand, for you're the
That ever said a kindly word to me about my
"You said that I was 'mighty right'; and I am
here to say,
I give an exhibition on the public square to-day.
I'm going for to take these wings and climb into the
For I have solved the problem, and my name is
William Rye. "
Bill was a combination of despondency and hope;
At times he grew gregarious, at times he used to
There wasn't any office that he thought he
He looked at each new ism and embraced it
with a will.
He entered all new parties. He pioneered new
He ran for sheriff, then he flopped to register of
And then he tried for probate judge; but none
of it would work;
He tried to be a minister, then flopped to postal
I liked Bill's multiplicity; I liked his gall, and
I went down to the public square and sat upon the
And there was Bill upon a box, surrounded by
A-showing wings, and talking fast, and feeling
I can't repeat the speech he made; in substance it
"Oh! here is an occasion that a person shouldn't
I'll show you something finer than you ever yet
For I'm a flying lu-lu, and I've got this thing
He spread his wings, be mounted up, mile after
mile the same;
Then all at once be flopped and turned, and head
first down he came.
So great was his velocity that every one turned
He went through soil, eight feet of clay, and
sixteen feet of shale.
A dozen men who knew Bill well, said, when they
saw him drop,
That William always seemed to try to get a
chance to flop.
He flopped just once too often. The Baxter
And filled the hole with cinders, and raised a
They carved a line: "Down in the shale reposes
William Rye --
He didn't have the thing corralled, and hence he
got too fly."
And then the Daily Pioneer observed, with
"Soar disappointment was the cause that took
the brother off."