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D28 (As "The EA Horton")
This song, which is native to Massachusetts, is based on a true story. On September 1, 1871 the E. A. Horton a Gloucester-based schooner was captured by the Canadian authorities in Nova Scotia.
Ye sons of Uncle Samuel, come listen for a while,
And I’ll tell you of the capture that was made in Yankee style;
Of the schooner E.A. Horton and her bold, undaunted men,
Commanded by brave Knowlton, a true son of Uncle Sam.
Now said brave Knowlton to his comrades, “If you will follow me,
We’ll take the Horton back again whate’er the cost may be;
We will stand by one another like brothers brave and true,
And we’ll show those thieving Britishers what Yankee boys can do.”
On the eighth day of October in the year of seventy-one,
Those brave undaunted heroes their daring work begun;
While the Johnny-boys were sleeping with real ruin on their brain,
Our gallant sons of freedom took their vessel back again.
Now Johnny there’s a bully time in Gloucester tonight,
There heavy guns a-firing and torches burning bright;
While the band plays “Yankee Doodle” it’ll make the welcome ring,
Young America is shouting for the Horton has got in.
Next morning when the Britishers began to look about,
They found the gold prospector and the Horton has stepped out;
When the truth began to penetrate the British skulls so thick,
They finally acknowledged ‘twas a bold Yankee trick.
Now you new Dominion government I’ll warn you to beware,
And come and sign the treaty and settle this affair;
And learn to do by others as you’d have them do to you,
And not abuse your neighbors as old Johnny used to do.
Laws. G. Malcolm. Native American Balladry. Philadelphia: The American Folklore Society, 1964, 174 (D28); Ives, Edward D., ed. “Folksongs from Maine,” Northeast Folklore, VII (1965), 51-55; Eckstorm, Fannie Hardy and Mary Winslow Smyth. Minstrelsy of Maine: Folk-Songs and Ballads of the Woods and the Coast. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927, 305-315; Flanders, Helen Hartness and Marguerite Olney. Ballads Migrant in New England. New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1953, 239-241; Creighton, Helen. Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia. New York: Dover Publications, 1966, 314-315; Richardson, Evelyn M. “The Bully of the North Defied” Atlantic Advocate,XLVIII (July, 1958), 93-95; and Woolsey, Theodore. “The Fishery Question.” The North American Review 142, no. 352 (1886), 219-26. For an example of recent conflicts, see Huffington Post Canada. “Tuna Treaty: Canada, U.S. Fishing Dispute Heats Up Ahead Of Talks” (accessed October 18, 2012).
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Hallett, Margaret. 1963. "The Schooner E.A. Horton." NA236, CD 1169.2.4. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Raymond H. Fogler Special Collections Department, University of Maine.