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Letter: There will come a time of reckoning, he says

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TO THE EDITOR: This is the first of two parts.

The Reckoning

It's fine to have a blow-out in a fancy restaurant,

With terrapin and canvas-back and all the wine you want;

To enjoy the flowers and music, watch the pretty women pass, Smoke a choice cigar, and sip the wealthy water in your glass.

It's bully in a high-tone joint to eat and drink your fill, But It's quite another matter when you

Pay the bill.

It's great to go out every night on fun or pleasure bent'

To wear your glad rags always and to never save a cent; To drift along regardless, have a good time every trip;

To hit the high spots sometimes, and to let your chances slip; To know you're acting foolish, yet to go on fooling still, Till Nature calls a show-down, and you

Pay the bill.

Time has got a little bill - get wise while yet you may,

For the debit side's increasing in a most alarming way; The things you had no right to do, the things you should have done,

They're all put down; it's up to you to pay for everyone. So eat, drink and be merry, have a good time if you will, But God help you when the time comes, and you

Foot the bill. By Robert Service (1874- 1958)

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