Clipped From The Indianapolis News
ELMORE REVISES HIS ' MONON WRECK POEM Bard of Alamo Make . Three Change Which, H Believes, Have Re- r i vnoved All Flaw. ' '. '- fSpMlal to The ladlanapolta News. , CRAWFORDS VTLLE. Ind.? March 10. After allowing' his poem, "Thej, Monon ' Wreck," to stand for a dozen years Just as- he wrote It, James Buchanan ; Elmore, the "Bard of Alamo," has at last Used the pruning knife in three places,' as m result of which he now. believes the poem Is without a flaw. Two lines In the original. which attracted much attention read: . . Quit, as cold as a frosen chunk With a lady's heart upon a stump. ' The bard decided, after years of ponder ing, that these two lines would have to go. He thinks they are entirely too suggestive of the fate that befell Madame Van Rockey, an actress. ' who lost her life in the Monon ' wreca. in 1892, ' and whose heart waa ' left bleeding - on ' the ttuitiD at tha foot of the embankment down which the train ot cars tumbled. The verse now reads; , ., . But there thsy lay on the crimson snow . Their hearts hare eeased to ebb and .flow; . Their, manrtal forma are cold In death : The awful shock has drawn their breath. . Another change the Bard has made is slight, but he believes it keeps up the sentiment of the poem - much more satis factorily, it is maae in tne nrst line ot the couplet that read; And I hear him calmly for te say; " ; "Cut, oh, cut, my ls awayl" ,, Although as 'a matter of fact the man In the wreck did calmly tell the rescuers to cut off his leg and save his life, Elmore thinks it hardly sounds just like the truth when read in the poem. By cnang-lng the word "calmly" to "moanlng.v he believes the right idea 13 much better expressed. In Its amended form,' therefore, the verse reads: . And yond.r in th. wrck I. see A man that's pinioned down by the kne - And I hear him moaning, and to say:. - "Cut. oh, cut, my leg away." The third change in the poem is made In one of the first few stansas. He has changed an expression "as fine as flies" to "as flames arise." - This makes the changed verse read: v - A silence; fell upon the crew ' As if they knew not what to do. ' ; . Then cam. sad and lamenting cries - '- From a wreck of cars as Hatnsa arlsa. The poem, as finally corrected. Is one of the half hundred or more included in the contents of "Love Among the. Mistletoe" and other poems, the third edition of Which Is lust off the press. The third edition contains 50i copies, and practically all of them have been sold by subscription. -This makes in all 2,000 copies that have been sold. The book was originally published In 1S99, the second edition appearing In 1908.