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Jack London and O. Henry

by Carl Sandburg, 1920

Both were jailbirds; no speechmakers at all; speaking best with one foot on a brass rail; a beer glass in the left hand and the right hand employed for gestures.

 And both were lights snuffed out... no warning... no lingering:

 Who knew the hearts of these boozefighters?

Published in Smoke and Steel

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