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Who Stopped The Gun? (Maurice A Devine)

"Now hasten forth, reporter man," the Editor did say,
"For some important news is out
about the town today;
Go down to Skipper Eli Dawe
and question him, my son;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

Then straight hied that reporter man
to Skipper Eli Dawe,
And sought the information with considerable awe;
"I cannot tell," the Skipper said, "but ask E C Watson;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

E C received the pencil-fiend
with bland and kindly smile,
And said, "I'll get the news you want
in just a little while;
I'll inquire of H C Morris (he is out now for a run),
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

Ere long the stalwart form of Mr Morris hove in sight;
He said, "My dear reporter man,
go call on Richard White;
For information of this sort,
good Richard takes the bun;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

Good Richard, in his kindly way,
received the wandering scribe,
And said he always had a liking for the tribe,
But for such information Captain English is the one;
"He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

The captain calmly listened
to the scribbler's tale of woe,
And said he always told the papers
anything he'd know;
"Try Mr Wheatley; he's the man
who'll ask no better fun;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

To Mr Wheatley's private den
the wanderer led the way;
But the lights were out, and doors were locked,
It was the close of day;
But 'round the vaulted corridor an echoing run;
Who knows, I s'pose, who asked Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun.

The brave policeman on his beat
was shocked at dawn of day
To find the body of a man, prone, lifeless by the way;
The spirit of the puzzled scribe
had flown beyond the sun
And now knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun.

####.... Maurice A Devine [1859-1915] of Kings Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL ....####

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From Parks Canada, Eastern Newfoundland:
The noonday gun on Signal Hill in St John's was fired for approximately 155 years starting about 1840. For a brief period in 1906 the local clergy told the signalman, Tom Rose, to stop firing the gun on Sundays. The clergy's request was overruled by public opinion.


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