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Schooner E.A. Horton Come all you sons of Uncle Sam, come listen to me awhile And I'll tell you of a capture that was made in Yankee style 'Twas the Schooner E.A. Horton in the British harbor lie She was shaken by "The Sweepstakes" while cruising in disguise Our treaties they've rejected and our governments defied It's now you've stolen our fishermen so Johnnies, mind yer eye. 'Twas the thirteenth day of October in the year of sixty-one Brave Knowlton and his comrades, the day it was begun While the British thick-skulls were sleepin' with red ruin on their brain We stole away our fishermen and brought her back again Says brave Knowlton to his comrades, "If you will follow me We'll have the Horton home again whate'er the cost may be We'll stick to one another like brothers just as true And we'll show those Yankee thievish-men what Yankee lads can do" 'Twas early in the next morning the news did spread about They found the gold prospector with the Horton had stepped out The news began to penetrate the British skulls so thick They finally did acknowledge 'twas a bold and Yankee trick Now boys, there is a jolly time in Glou-cester tonight For heavy guns are firing and torches burning bright The band plays, "Yankee Doodle" and the voices loudly ring For the Yankee boys are shouting that the Horton has got in Now you Dominion Canaday, I warn you to beware You better sigh the treatie and settle this affair And always do to others as you'll have 'em do to you And don't try to treat your neighbor like old Johnnie tried to do DT #753 Laws D28 From Ballads Migrant in New England Collected from Charles Cooke of Ripton VT in 1941 event occurred in 1871 SOF apr97
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