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were composed and set to music by a young school teacher in the neigh-berhood where the tragedy took place.'
"A third piece of the same pattern is John T. Williams. A fragment of it from Mrs. E. N. Hardin (1916) of Missouri Valley, Iowa, who had it from a ranchman at Cambridge, Nebraska, who had it from Canada, begins as follows:
My name it is John T. Williams,
My name I'll never deny,
I'll leave my dear old parents To suffer and to die,
For murdering.....
Upon the scaffold high.
Their testimony is to the effect that it was sung in the seventies before the death of Garfield (1881). Other pieces from the same singers are old, or are closer to their Old World originals than many American texts, so that it is possible that John T. Williams y 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 to the Old or the New World."
See also Hudson, No. 79, who secured the text from Mr. T. D. Clark, Louisville, who had it from his mother, Mrs. Salke Clark. Add Combs, p. 218, who had it from Mr. R. H. Johnson, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Alec Padgett, Black Moun­tain, North Carolina, July, 1934. The music was recorded by Maurice Matteson.

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