“The Careless Barber.”
“I’ll have it short upon the top,” cried little Master Bear,
“But please leave the curly bits and cut the rest with care.”
“I will,” replied the Barber, “for I hardly need say,
My customers are treated in a very careful way.”
But even while he spoke the words, the scissors moved an inch,
And gave the ear of Master Bear a very painful pinch.
His father heard the cry of woe, and turned, his fears to hush,
When down his throat that careless boy let slip the soapy brush.
By Louis Wain.
S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.