National Affairs: So Carefullee

When I was a lad I served a term

As office boy to an Attorney's firm.

I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,

And I polished up the handle of the big front door.

I polished up that handle so carefullee

That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

In 1928, soon after his graduation from Washington University, blond, handsome Clark McAdams Clifford began his term with a St. Louis attorney's firm (Lashly, Lashly & Miller).

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip

That they took me into the partnership.

And that junior partnership, I ween,

Was the only ship that...

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