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By Lewis O. Saum

Eugene box (1850–95) is likely to be top remembered for his kid's verse, particularly "Little Boy Blue" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." in the course of his journalistic occupation, even if, his column, "Sharps and Flats," within the Chicago day-by-day News illuminated the shenanigans of neighborhood and nationwide politics, captured the buzz of baseball, and praised the cultural scene of Chicago and the West over that of the East Coast and Europe. box used whimsy, satire, and, from time to time, unadorned admiration to depict and encapsulate the strength of a tender kingdom reinventing itself and its political pursuits within the remaining a long time of the 19th century.
 
Foremost, box used to be a political observer. in the course of his lifetime politics observed extra public understanding and involvement than at the other time in American historical past, and Field's nice acceptance derived normally from his near-ceaseless commentary—arch, outlandish, comedian, serious—on that enviornment of affairs. box additionally dedicated many columns to leisure and diversions, discussing the baseball "idiocy" that stormed Chicago and championing and criticizing authors and actors.

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