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composed near Cheyenne. Compare The Horse Wrangler, Lomax, p. 136. N. H. Thorpe (p. 146) says the author was Yank Hitson, Denver, Colorado, 1889.
83.  Starving to Death on a Government Claim. Text ob­tained by Vivian Cleaver Cleveland at Hot Springs, South Dakota, in 1914. , Compare Greer County, Lomax, p. 278.
84.  The Buffalo Skinners. Text from Lomax's Cowboy Songs, p. 158.
85.  Kinkaider's Song. Text obtained from Miss Harriet Cook, of Gem, Nebraska, in 1915. A homesteader's song popular in the Nebraska sandhill regions. Sung at picnics, reunions, and the like to the tune of My Maryland. Moses P. Kinkaid was congressman of the Sixth Congressional District, 1903-1919. He was the intro­ducer of a bill for 640-acre homesteads known as the "Kinkaid Home­stead Law."
86.  Dakota Land. Text obtained from Lillian Gear Boswell of Wheatland, Wyoming, in 1914. This piece has for its model and is sung to the melody of the religious song Beuldh Land.
87.  The Dreary Black Hills. Text obtained from Harry Gear of Junction, Wyoming, in 1914.
^ 88. Joe Bowers. This version was obtained in 1915 from Mr. Francis Withee of Stella, Nebraska, who heard it sung many time* when a freighter in 1862-65 on the Denver-Nebraska City trail. It was a freighter's favorite. The song is supposed to be sung by a Missourian in California about 1849-51. It was in existence as early as 1854.
89.  In the Summer of Sixty. Text obtained from Frances Francis of Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1911.
90.  The Dying California^. Version secured by L. C. Wimberly as written in a manuscript book from Iowa in 1856. This song has wide currency, usually in somewhat shortened form. It is known also as "The Dying Brother's Farewell," "The Dying Brother's Request," and "The Brother's Request."
91.  The Pretty Mohea. Obtained by Mabel Conrad Sullivan from Mrs. John Leslie of Stanford, Montana, 1914. In many texts of this song the name "Mohea" passes into "Maumee," "The Pretty Maumee."
92.   (A) Katie's Secret. Text as sung by Mrs. Mary F. Lindsay of Hebron, Nebraska, 1914.
(B) The Hawthorn Tree. Text obtained by L. C. Wimberly from a Louisiana source.
93.  Mary and Willie. Text obtained by Mabel Conrad Sullivan from Mrs. John Leslie of Stanford, Montana, 1914. This piece seems to be the Annie and Willie known, according to Professor Shearin, in the Cumberland Mountains. The plot resembles that of The Prentice