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singers are old, or are closer to their Old World originals than many American texts, so that it is possible that John T. Williams, or some other predecessor of Charles Guiteau and Young Bendall, was the model for these pieces. The song is of a staple pattern and, in its original form, might belong either to the Old or the New World.
66.  Sam Bass. Text from Lomax's Cowboy Songs, p. 149. N. H. Thorpe, Songs of the Cowboys (p. 135), credits the authorship to John Denton, Gainesville, Texas, 1879.
67.  Jack Williams. From a manuscript book of ballads in the possession of L. C. Wimberly, 1916. Probably of British importa­tion. In another Nebraska text, the place names are changed to "Bowery Street" and "Sing Sing."
68.  Young McFee. Text secured by L. C. Wimberly from Mrs. E. N. Hardin of Missouri Valley, Iowa, 1916. Professor A. H. Tolman prints a much longer text in The Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 29, p. 186, with the following comment: "This text was obtained through Mrs. Pearl H. Bartholomew from Mrs. M. M. Soners, both of Warren, Indiana. The mother of Mrs. Soners sang it to her almost fifty years ago in Ohio. Mrs. Soners states that the poem records an actual occurrence and that her mother knew Hettie Stout well." Like The Death of Garfield, this may be an indigenous ballad, or merely an American adaptation of some older piece. Note the "ten thousand pounds" of the last stanza.
69.  Bonny Black Bess. Text from Mrs. John Leslie of Stanford, Montana, secured by Mabel Conrad Sullivan of Winnett, Montana, in 1915. A song having the same title and the same hero, but other­wise not identical, appears in Lomax's Cowboy Songs, p. 194.
70.  Tukpin and the Lawyer. A Nova Scotia text. See W. R. Mackenzie, The Quest of the Ballad (1919), p. 144. Fragments of the same song, brought from New York, are known in Nebraska.
71.  Jack Donahoo. Text from Lomax's Cowboy Songs, p. 64, Practically the same text appears in Nova Scotia. See Mackenzie. The Quest of the Ballad, p. 66.
72.  Captain Kidd. Text from Pilgrims of the Plains (1913) by Mrs. Kate A. Aplington of Council Groves, Kansas, p. 56. This book contains a.number.of old songs. Fragments of Captain Kidd are still current in scattered places.
73.  Texas Rangers. Text obtained from Mrs. Eliza Shelman of Hansen's Ferry, Washington, in 1908. It was learned by her in Nodaway County, Missouri, in her childhood.
74.  The Little Old Sod Shanty on My Claim. Text obtained from Lillian Gear Boswell of Wheatland, Wyoming, 1914. This is an adaptation of the popular negro or psuedo-negro song "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane," by Will S. Hays. According to A. J. Leach, the historian of Antelope County, Nebraska, the words were






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