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to the spell of the music with a whole-hearted enthusiasm that gives to their rudest ballads something of charm and power."
41.  James Bird. This song of a hero of the war of 1812 was known to S. B. Pound of Lincoln, Nebraska, who brought it from Ontario County, New York. H. M. Belden has a copy from Clinton County, Missouri, written down in 1915. It was composed in 1814 by Charles Miner, of Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania.
42.   (A) O Johnny Dear, Why Did Yotj Go? Secured by Marie Gladys Hayden of Hobson, Montana, in 1914 from E. B. Lyon, who reported the song as he heard it sung in a log schoolhouse in Illinois in the year 1857. This song dates from the eighteenth century and grew out of a local event. See "Elegy of a Young Man Bitten by a Rattlesnake" in E. E. Hale's New England History in Ballads (1904), p. 86. See also The Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 13, pp. 105-112; vol. 18, pp. 295-302; vol. 22, pp. 366-67; vol. 28, p. 169. The original text is in existence, and the variants of this song, from different regions well exhibit what has happened to it in more than a century of oral, transmission and migration.
(B)  [Woodville Mound.] Text secured for H. M. Belden by Miss G. M. Hamilton from Marie Walt, one of her pupils in the West Plains, Missouri, High School in 1909, who knew it as sung to her in her childhood by her mother. Title supplied.
(C)  In Springfield Mountain. Text sent to H. M. Belden by Miss G. M. Hamilton, who secured it from one of her students at the Kirksville Normal School, Missouri, in 1911.
(D)  Springfield Mountain. Text secured by Frances Botkin and Zora Schaupp from Mrs. Adna Dobson of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1920.
43.   (A) The Jealous Lover. From a manuscript book of ballads in the possession of L. C. Wimberly, 1916. This is one of the most widespread of American ballads. It is current under many names, as "Lorella," "Floella," "Florilla," "Flora Ella," "Poor Lurella," "Poor Lora," "Poor Loila," "Nell," etc. Professor J. H. Cox has pointed out that the West Virginia "Pearl Bryan" is an adaptation of this song, with a minimum of verbal changes, to fit the murder of a gill of that name which occurred near Fort Thomas, Kentucky, in 1896. The song had an ephemeral popularity after the execution of the murderers.
(B) The Weeping Willow. Obtained by Lillian Gear Bos-well from the singing of Albert Clay of Junction, Wyoming, in 1914.
44.  Young Charlotte. Text obtained by Marie Gladys Hayden of Hobson, Montana, from the singing of a girl from Plainville, Kansas, in 1914. For the history of this song, which was composed in Bensontown, Vermont, before 1835 and grew out of a local event, see Phillips Barry, Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 25, p. 156,

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