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Subject: Happy! - Mar 25 (Mayor Varrick)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 08:52 AM

Happy Birthday!

New York City mayor (1790-1801)

Richard Varrick

was born 3/25/1753

He seemed to be the special enemy of working men.
In 1796 the cartmen, clear that varick means "hog" in Dutch, sang:

        But now he does a great offence,
                It is no thing to mock at,
        He takes away the Cartmen's pence
                And puts them in his pocket.

                "The Strange and Wonderful Account of a Dutch Hog (Who resides in New York),"
                American Labor Songs of the 19th Century, PS Foner

Early warning notice: This series of the Happy File noncontinues beginning April 16.
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