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literary meeting or singing school in Indiana, there was a stranger at the meeting who got up and left the meeting and skipped the country. Many people thought perhaps this man might have been the Lewis who murders Omie in the song."
52.  Silver Dagger. The first text was secured by Lillian Gear Boswell from the singing of Myrtle Smith Badger of Junction, Wyo­ming, in 1914. The second text was learned in Mackinaw, Illinois, by Mrs. Mary F. Lindsay of Hebron, Nebraska.
53.  The Aged Indian. Text from Mrs. E. N. Hardin of Missouri Valley, Iowa, 1916. A fragment of the same song from Red Cloud, Nebraska (1915) bears the title "Uncle Tohido." H. M. Belden's Missouri text is named " Uncle Tahia."
54.  Calomel. Obtained by E. F. Piper of Iowa City from a manuscript book of ballads in the possession of Mrs. Lydia Hinshaw of Richland, Iowa, as it was sung by the tatter's mother when she came from Ohio to Iowa in 1840. The song is still alive in fragment, or shortened versions. A copy in a manuscript book from Indianas the property of Edna Fulton Waterman, has for the date of its tran­scription 1844. Possibly of British importation.
55.  The Cheole Girl. Obtained by E. F. Piper from Ival McPeak, who learned it from the singing of his father in Iowa.
56.  The Blue and the Gray. Text from L. C. Wimberly's manuscript book, 1916. One of the most widely current of the songs remaining from the Cuban War.
57.  The Gambler. Secured for H. M. Belden by Miss Frances Barbour, Washington University, from the singing of Minnie Doge at Arlington, Phelps County, Missouri, in 1917.
58.  In the Baggage Coach Ahead. Text obtained from Blanche Pope of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in 1914. According to The Literary Digest, November 13, 1915, In the Baggage Coach Ahead was one of the songs sung in vaudeville circuits to the accompaniment of colored pictures thrown on the screen—"pictures as honest and whole­hearted in their coloring as they were heart-rending in subject."
59.  Casey Jones. Phillips Barry writes of this song that Casey Jones was John Luther Jones, engineer of the Chicago and New Orleans Limited, who was killed in a wreck March 18, 1900. The song was composed by a negro, Wallace Saunders. See The Railroad Man's Magazine, November, 1910. The version printed here is from the issue of May 1918 of the same periodical. The vaudeville version was published in 1909 as the composition of T. L. Seibert and E. Newton. It was one of the "hits" of the day. This account* for the currency of the ballad.
60.  The Lady Elgin. Text as sung on a ranch at Junction, Wyoming. Obtained by Lillian Gear Boswell in 1914. This song is by Henry C. Work and commemorates a wreck on Lake Michigan