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Bone Squash's Black Joke Al-Ma-Nig
Anonymous
Philadelphia: Fisher and Brother, 1851.

"A DROP IN DE EYE OB HUMAN LIFE; OR, DE DARK SIDE OB DE PICTUR'."


  "Ah! yes, belubed bred'ren, all am wanity an' wexation ob spirit, (aside,) when you can't get a drop ob 'em. We am all rollin' an' rollin' down into de dark walley ob deaf, same as de marge-rots rollin' off ob dead hoss. De hull 'arth an' natur' am one uniwersal rollin' machine; de 'arth rolls on its axle-tree, de swine rolls into de mire, de ginebriated rolls in de gutter, de sportsman rolls de billiards an' de ten-pin thunder ob iniquity, de constortioner an' spec'lator rolls in his wealf, same as de tumble-bug rolls his ball, sinners' tears am rollin' like glue from a gum-tree, an' all am rollin' into infimity an' etarnity, jist same as 'lasses down a leaky barrel. Bruderen, dis am no nig-gar-dley view ob de dark subjec'; for detime am cum, when all human natur', an' woman natur', am all takin' t'ings on dar own hook; but de debil baits em all, an' will try to hook all. But weep an' repent, an' you'll suck him in, jist as sure as a flyin' tadpole am transformed to a tree-frog."