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Air —" The Fine Old English Gentleman.''''
DOWN in a small Palmetto State the curious ones may find,
A ripping, tearing gentleman, of an uncommon kind,
A staggering, swaggering sort of chap, who takes his whiskey straight,
And frequently condemns his eyes to that ultimate vengjeance which a clergyman of high stand­ing has assured must be a sinner's fate.
This South Carolina gentleman, one of the present time.
You trace his genealogy, and not far back you '11 see,
A most undoubted octoroon, or mayhap a mustee,
And if you note the shaggy locks that cluster on his brow,
You '11 find that every other hair is varied with a kink that seldom denotes pure Caucasian blood, but on the contrary betrays an ad­mixture with a race not particularly popu­lar now.
This South Carolina gentleman, one of the present time.