A Man with a Nickel

A man with a nickel,

A sword and a sickle,

A pipe and a paper of pins

Set out for the Niger

To capture a tiger--

And that's how my story begins.

When he saw the wide ocean,

He soon took a notion

'T would be nicer to stay with his friends.

So he traded his hat For a tortoise-shell cat---

And that's how the chronicle ends!