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Staten Island is a broad, semi-rusticky borough (Richmond) in New York Harbor, 57 square miles of suburb off the starboard beam of the Statue of Liberty. It is dotted with Dutch names like New Dorp, Kill van Kull, factories, and about 100 real farms. At least one of its 160,000 residents is nationally famed. He is hoary, old Poet Edwin Markham (The Man with the Hoe, Lincoln, the Man of the People), now an enfeebled, house-ridden codger of 87.

On Lincoln's Birthday the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce brought New Yorkers the voice of old Poet Markham, on a two-year-old recording, reciting...

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