154 Old-time Schools and School-books
Steal not this book, for if you do, Tom Harris will be after you.
Steal not this book for fear of strife For the owner carries a big jackknife.
Steal not this book my honest friend for fear the gallos will be your end The gallos is high, the rope is strong, To steal this book you know is wrong.
Let every lerking thief be taught, This maxim always sure, That learning is much better bought Than stolen from the poor. Then steel not this book.
Wise Advice in a Murray's English Reader, \822. Reduced one-half.
The longest and most impressive of these incantations against possible purloiners was the following: —