Huddersfield Chronicle (11/Feb/1893) - "Yahoo"

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If there be word of gross import.
Throughout this wide, wide earth,
If there be word that concentrates
All that has vilest birth,
If there be term on sea or land
That e’er was brought to view,
E’en ‘mongst the lost who’re “dead and —”
It is the word “Yahoo.”
Yet still this purist who has lost
The Liberals a seat,
Does on our “memory commit
An outrage” so replete,
With dire, dead, sickening, scorching hate,
To me, sir, and to you,
By mouthing in “fatuity”
The shameless word “Yahoo.”
He charges us with “shameless lies,”
With full, complete “disgrace,”
And still smiles like the cut-throat fiend,
Who stabs when in embrace;
And as his victim gasping falls
With awful wound pierced through,
He yells with fiendish gloating voice,
“You gross, you base ‘Yahoo.’”
Still he uplifts his eyes to heaven.
And calls out “I’ve clean hands,”
And says our Knight’s “but a mollusk”
And brainless votes commands;
Yet when the best men in our town
Rejoice before his view,
He slinks with tail between his legs
And yells out vile “Yahoo.”
No man e’er lost so great a fight
Who hurled out such a word
To noble foe, to upright man;
No term so vile, absurd,
As he has in his grim despair
Ascribed, dear sir, to you,
And none will to his dying day,
As he, deserve “Yahoo.”