democrat & chronicle

Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, September 13, 1896

I look me back adown the months
Now in the silent past
And see my sweetheart, but ah me!
Not as I saw her last!

Ah no!
She then 
Was coy,
Demure,
Unwilling, quite, to flirt, 
and always dressed in simple garb - a shirtwaist and a skirt 

But time, the old iconoclast,
Brings changes, good and bad,
My sweetheart of the present day
Has got the biking fad -

She eyes me with 
The scorcher’s glance,
And manner, oh! so pert!
Now bloomers linger loosely where she
Used to wear a skirt!