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Doggie's Valentine

Originally, American newspapers were used mainly by political parties. As time passed, the papers had a wider relevance in people's daily lives, and articles, columns and whole pages were aimed toward women, sports fans, cooks, and children. Poetry can be found in the earliest newspapers published in the United States. Here is an example of a whimsical valentine poem from the children’s page of the Springfield Leader, February 8, 1925.

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Doggie’s Valentine

 "Oh, be my Valentine, my dear!"
Cried Puppy with a sigh,
"If you are so disdainful, Puss,
you"ll make me pine and die!"
 "Who wants a Puppy sweetheart?"
proud Mistress Pussy said,
While with nose a-tilt and haughty
Mien, she shook her pretty head.
 He brought her a big paper heart,
with an arrow in it too,
He brought a lovely bunch of
flowers tied with a ribbon blue.
 But Puss was proud, she spurned
his gifts and wouldn't hear his pleading,
Though Puppy swore that Cupid's dart
had set his heart to bleeding!
 Poor Puppy moped till Mother Wuff
whispered some wise advice,
"Some folk like paper hearts and flowers
and others favor –MICE!"
 Away went Puppy in post haste to
purchase a fat mouse.
He put it in a basket and went to
Pussy's house.
 When Pussy saw it how she purred!
"Your Valentine I'll be,
"You are a good provider and
lovely Pup," quoth she.
 So, if a valentine you’d gain,
remember tastes may differ,
And if she’s fond of mice and rats,
why, that is what to give her.


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