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130 The National Music of America.
as the " custom " itself has not been verified, this may be regarded as a very far-fetched theory.
Another commentator suggests that the name came from the Dutch settlers, who called the New Englanders "Jannekin" ("Johnnie"), in patronising sarcasm. This is at least a possible solution.
The whole term, "Yankee Doodle," has also been derived from the Persian " Yanghi Dunia " or the Turkish " Yankee Dooniah," applied to this country and its inhabitants, but we imagine that investigation will prove that the derivation should be traced in the opposite direction. George Kennan, the cele­brated traveller, once stated to the author that, on his second trip through the Cau­casus, he found the natives to have taken up many of his American songs, which he had sung to them with banjo accompaniment, and orientalised them. Some day the commen­tators will find these songs and prove some
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