From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 19, 1912:
[This poetic gem was making the rounds in the nation's newspapers in July 1912, especially in the Midwestern states.]
"Because of chiggers, those blamed little diggers,
No more dare I bask in the green woodland nook,
No more draw a measure of sweet wholesome pleasure
From seeking the groves with a bat and a book!
A man can give battle to serpents that rattle,
To all the wild creatures infesting the woods;
But chiggers defy him; as soon as they spy him
They camp on his frame and deliver the goods.
With swatters and beaters he fights off the skeeters,
With smudge fire he baffles their cousins and aunts;
The chigger bird senses his futile defenses
And calmly crawls under the leg of his pants.
A man on the leas'll meet polecat or weasel
And come out the victor, if given a show;
The coon and the possum -- he's able to boss 'em,
He'd whip seven owls if they stood in a row;
But ah, what a figure he cuts when the chigger
Gets into his system, a-drilling for oil;
He gets on his knees and his yells bust his weasand,
He claws up the grass and bites chunks from the soil.
The woods are deserted where erstwhile we flirted
With Susan Mirandy and t'other nice maid;
The tall poplars wonder why no one sits under --
The chiggers have driven the boys from their shade!"
["Chiggers," by Walt Mason. Copyright 1912 by George Matthew Adams.]