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3    Some of them were willing, whilst some of them stood back, For it's a-going to work on Sunday morn; they did not think
it right; Till six of these Canadian boys they volunteered to go And break the jam on Gerry's Rocks with their foreman,
young Monroe.
4   They had not rolled off many a log till the foreman to them
did say, "I'd have you be on guard, my boys; the jam will soon give
way." These words he had scarcely spoken when the jam did break
and go, And carried away these six brave lads and their foreman,
young Monroe.
5   When the rest of the river boys the sad news came to hear, In search of their lost comrades to the riverside did steer. In search of their lost comrades with sorrow, grief, and woe, All cut and mangled on the beach lay the form of young
6   They picked him from his watery grave, smoothed back his
raven hair; There was one fair girl among them whose cries would rend
the air; There was one fair girl among them who was down from
Saginaw town, Whose mournful cries would rend the skies for her true love
who was drowned.
7   They buried him most decently, it being on the sixth of May; Come all the rest of you river boys, for your comrade you
must pray. On a litde knoll by the riverside a hemlock tree doth grow; It bears the date and drowning of the hero, young Monroe.
8   Miss Clara was a noble girl, likewise a raftsman's friend; Her mother was a widow, lived down by the river bend; The wages of her own true love the boss to her did pay, And liberal subscriptions received from the boys next day.
9   Miss Clara did not long survive beneath her trials and grief, For in less than three weeks after, death came to her relief;

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