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Manna, marmalades, and malt,
Sarsaparilla, sand and salt;
Mirrors, mitten's and powdered milk,
Skates, and skewers and beaded silk;
Bismuth; bladders, rough-hewn blocks,
Lenses, lentils and spiral locks;
Bone dust, eggs and ebony handles,
Skylights, matches and tallow candles;
Madder, miso, rattan mats,
Bricks and brooms and baseball bats;
Bibles, borax, strips of brass;
Garlic, gall nuts and frosted glass. . . .
Behind a high semicircular counter-like table, a dozen Republicans have sat long and heavily discussing these articles. Behind them hung a rich red curtain, imperially crowned with great loops of gold. Before them was a spacious oblong...