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David Law Proudfit (1842 – 1897)

American poet and lithographer, who also wrote under the pseudonym Peleg Arkwright.
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David Law Proudfit
Prehistoric Smith, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Proudfit quotes
Nature abhors imperfect work
And on it lays her ban;
And all creation must despise
A tailless man.
A man sat on a rock and sought
Refreshment from his thumb;
A dinotherium wandered by
And scared him some.
His name was Smith. The kind of rock
He sat upon was shale.
One feature quite distinguished himó
He had a tail.

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