The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90855   Message #1725541
Posted By: Little Hawk
23-Apr-06 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: origin of 'Polly Want a Cracker?'
Subject: RE: BS: origin of 'Polly Want a Cracker?'
This sounds like a good possibility, from Liz's link...

"I'm a writer in the Yukon and have been asked to research the Caribou Hotel in Carcross. There was a Polly here, that died in 1972, and it is claimed that he was the original Polly. He could sing opera, but had a vulgar vocabulary otherwise. He came to the Yukon over the Trail of '98 and was left at the hotel in 1918 when its owner boarded a steam ship to go south for the winter. The S.S. Princess Sophia was wrecked and all 342 passengers and crew died. Word of Polly spread throughout the world because he was a character among characters and the international press was always looking for a lively story. I hope this helps you. But, now I'm wondering, according your research could this be "the" Polly?"

Now, THAT story I like! It has real atmosphere and the ring of authenticity.