The thing, he said, would come in the night at three
Surely, I mused, it was pleasantry
He had not meant it - no - but still I lit
Then at the door that cautious rattling came -
This was written in response to Bertrand Kelton Hart, author of a daily column called "The Sideshow" in the Providence Journal, who, upon discovering that Wilcox's residence in "The Call of Cthulhu" (7 Thomas Street) was his own, published in his column "...I shall not be happy until, joining league with wraiths and ghouls, I have plumped down at least one large and abiding ghost by way of reprisal upon [Lovecraft's] own doorstep in Barnes street... I think I shall teach it to moan in a minor dissonance every morning at 3 o'clock sharp, with a clinking of chains."