|It costs us sixteen million plunks,
The college experts say
For insects that infest our bunks
And those that spoil our hay.
These figures are a sad surprise
Our hopes have fallen flat;
All season long we swatted flies
And batted at the rat.
It seems there is no rest at all
Vouchsafed to mortal plug
For now the battle cry rings out:
"Go forth and slug the bug!"
Verdigris Valley Verse
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)