O'Harra McSnort Tells Another

"The Snyder twins," O'Harra said,
"Look so like one another
That neither one is always sure
He's he and not the other.

"In fact I've often seen them flip
A coin--heads for the winner--
To find out which one was hungry and
Which had just had dinner.

"Well one, he studied medicine;
The other studied plumbing.
At mending folks and mending pipes
They both were up-and-coming.

"And then, so everyone could keep
The brothers separated,
Plumb bought a pink shirt, Doc a blue--
Thus they were designated.

"Then one night James MacFizzle, he
Took sick from drinking cider,
And 'long towards midnight Jamie's son
Went after Doctor Snyder.

"The twins, awakened, grabbed their shirts;
Not sure what they were doin',
The doctor put the pink one on--
The plumber got the blue one.

"They scratched their heads, 'Now which is which?'
The puzzled brothers said.
'My shirt is pink,' Doc pointed out,
'I'm going back to bed.'

"And so the plumbing Snyder stood
Where Jamie Mac lay whining
And wondered, should he splice his pipes
Or give him a new lining?

"Then, driving out the relatives,
Assailed with perturbation,
He rolled his sleeves up, grabbed his tools,
And did an operation.

"The job was neat--nobody would
Have had the least suspicion
It was the plumber did the deed
And not his twin physician,

"Had not the undertaker found
A monkey wrench and chisel,
A blowtorch and a union card
Sewed up inside MacFizzle."

--Author: LeRoy W. Snell
--Source: OCR scan of a copy of text typed on a manual typewriter by LeRoy Behling (with some minor corrections for OCR and typing errors and to clean up the formatting)