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Thursday, 25 October A.D. 2012 @ 10:58 PM

From The Twenty-One Ballons by William Pène du Bois:

As Professor Sherman, looking rather haggard and worn, descended from the train onto the red-carpeted platform with the Mayor holding him up on one side and the Chief Surgeon holding him up on the other, a medley of three appropriate songs was heard, mingled with the tremendous cheers from the crowd. These three songs, selected by the Mayor himself, were, Oh When I Walk, I Always Walk with Billy; Billy Boy; and Marching Through Georgia. It was thought afterwards by many that the slim connection between that last song and Professor William Sherman was a bit far-fetched.

I love when I'm reading through children's books and I finally understand one of the connections the author was trying to make.