Great story, Don ... thanks for sharing.
That "Treasury of Folk Songs" sounds interesting. I just ordered a copy from Amazon. Not sure whether Persian Kitty will be in the 1948 edition and, if so, whether the music will be included with the lyrics. But, at less than $5 including shipping, it's well worth the purchase just to have a look.
Again, if anyone out there has the Persian Kitty music or recording, or knows where to get one, I'd really like to get a copy. The intent would be to fashion it into a four-part barbershop song (in which form we originally sang it) so that it could once again be heard and enjoyed.