"'Bless my cracked corn and ground bone mixture!' ejaculated the chicken fancier. 'We'll show these night-prowlers what's what, I guess. One of my neighbors was robbed last night. And I would have been if I hadn't set a watch while I drove over to see you, Tom. Bless my spurs and hackles! But these thieves are getting bold.'"
- Victor Appleton, 'Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive'.