A-Rafting on the Mississip'

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Appendix C
THE RIVER BARD

HOME MADE POETRY ONCE POPULAR ON THE MISSISSIPPI

The author of this compilation that follows is unknown. It seems to have been circulated by recitation, after the manner of true folklore, but finally got into print. In 1927 it was resurrected by Mr. F. X. Ralphe of Hastings, Minnesota, who found it among old papers and sent it to “The Burlington Post.” Old rivermen recognized it as a once popular ballad of nomenclature. All the names are of steamboats once well known on the river and most of them raft boats.

The Fred Weyerhaeuser and the Frontenac,
The F. C. A. Denckmann and the Bella Mac,
The Menomenee and Louisville,
The R. J. Wheeler and Jessie Bill,
The Robert 8emple and the Golden Gate,
The C. J. Caffery and the Sucker State.

The Charlotte Boeckler and the Silver Wave,
The John H. Douglas and J. K. Graves,
The Isaac Staples and the Helen Mar,
The Henrietta and the North Star,
The David Bronson and Nettie Durant,
The Kit Carson and J. W. Van Sant.

The Chcnmcey Lamb and the Evansville,
The Blue Lodge and the Minnie Will,
The Saturn and the Satellite,
The Le Claire Belle and the Silas Wright,
The Artemas Lamb and the Paniline,
The Douglas Boardman and Kate Keen.

The I. E. Staples and the Mark Bradley,
The J. G. Chcupman and the Julia Hadley,
The Mollie Whitmore and C. K. Peck,
The Robert Dodds and Borealis Rex,
The Pete Kerns and the Wild Boy,
The Lilly Turner and the St. Croix.

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