A Saint Valentine’s Day Affliction, Drawn by Peter Newell

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March 1898 Issue [Editor’s Drawer]

A Saint Valentine’s Day Affliction



Unconscious of the vital wound that Cupid’s
  shaft hath made,
He only feels a thrill of Jove beneath his


And slipping on his overcoat–still heedless of
  the dart–
He hastens down the Avenue to call on Dora


“O Dora, give your heart to me!” he pleads
  on bended knees.
“That hump! That hump!” the maiden cries.
  “That hump, sir, if you please!”


“What hump?” demands the startled youth,
  quite filled with consternation.
And then, amazed, he comprehends his sudden

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