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Abby Sale 25 Sep 05 - 09:59 AM
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Subject: happy? - Sept 25 (Falls At Kingsey)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 25 Sep 05 - 09:59 AM

      3. In Eighteen hundred fifteen,
        September twenty-fifth
        A raft of oars and timber
        Was there turn'd down adrift.
        Three men to guard this lumber
        And keep it in their view,
        Assay'd to follow after,
        By paddling a Canoe.

    4. But soon they were turned over
        By a prodigious swell,
        And Towne alone escaped
        The heavy news to tell.
        He saw the others floating
        His anguish who can tell?
        Could yield them no assistance;
        Now take a kind farewell.

                "Ye Roaring Falls At Kingsey,"

An early broadside. May not actually have gone into tradition, but may be the earliest known song relating to river-driving lumber. Shows Maine men engaged in driving ton-timber (square cut) rafts on Canadian waters. Minstrelsy of Maine; Fannie Eckstorm; 1927

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