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The deep-toned bell, on the M.E. church,
In sweetest tones, was ringing
The old year out and the new year in
And the choir sweet songs were singing
While the gay, young girls,
In their frills and curls,
To Leap-Year joys were winging
Their fancy’s flight
To the giddy hight
Their hopes each one was bringing.
“All Hail,” the sprightly maidens shout,
Who long have lacked a beau,
“We now can take the fellows out
Whene’er we wish to go —
To skating park, to church or ball,
Where youngsters like to mix” —
In joyous accents comes from all
To welcome ‘Ninety-six.
“All Hail,” the thousands unemployed
in chorus join and sing;
“We long have felt an aching void
And hope that you will bring
An antidote — we’ll cast our vote
For those devoid of tricks —
The G.O.P. will surely be
Ahead in ‘Ninety-six.
Milford Mail (Milford, Iowa) Jan 2, 1896