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Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1916. H. M. Belden prints a text in The Sewanee Review, vol. 19, p. 222, and in the Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 33, p. 367, 1918; and W. R. Mackenzie in The Quest of the Ballad.
33.  Mollis Bond. Miss Loraine Wyman's text, printed by G. L. Kittredge in the Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 30, p. 359. Compare "Polly Bam" in The Shooting of His Dear, Campbell and Sharp, p. 159. Known also as "Polly Vann," "Molly Baun," "Polly Vaughn," etc. According to Professor Kittredge, this piece is at least as old as the eighteenth century. Possibly it is much older. The transformation of the girl into a swan and her appearance in court in some of the British versions (instead of as a ghost in certain American versions) point to early origin. See At the Setting of the Sun in Baring-Gould's Songs of the West, p. 129.
34.  My Father's Gray Mare. Text obtained from Vivian Cleaver Cleveland of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1917. Compare Baring-Gould, Songs of the West, p. 105 (1913), Kidson, Traditional Tunes, etc.
35.  Mary O' The Wild Moor. Text transcribed by Mrs. Nellie B. Pickup of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1914, from the singing of her mother, who learned it in her childhood in New York. It is included in Helen K. Johnson's Our Familiar Songs (1904), p. 303. See also Kidson's Traditional Tunes (1891), p. 77.
36.  Father Grumble. Text obtained from Miss Jeanne Allen of Seneca, Kansas, in 1914. Known also as "Old Grumble," "The Drummer and his Wife" (Campbell and Sharp, p. 308), etc. The song is no recent one. See Kittredge's annotation, Journal of Amer­ican Folk-Lore, vol. 26, p. 366, 1913.
37.  Guy Fa wees. Text known to A. J. Leach of Oakdale, Ante­lope County, Nebraska, 1914, who learned it as a boy in Michigan. A much better known Guy Fawkes song begins, "O don't you re­member the fifth of November."
38.  William Reilly's Courtship. From Edna Fulton Water­man's manuscript ballad book.
39.  Jack Riley. Obtained by Frances Botkin and Zora Schaupp from Mrs. Adna Dobson of Lincoln, Nebraska, who learned it in England.
40.  The Battle op Point Pleasant. Song included with other traditional songs in Kate Aplington's Pilgrims of the Plains (1913), p. 209. She says of its singers: "There are many among them who cannot read, and for those who can there are no newspapers or books. The time would hang heavy on their hands if one did not take it upon himself to help entertain the others. They are capital story tellers and they are all of them singers, and they give themselves up

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