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Only a Miner (2) ("Captain Jack" Crawford) Only a miner killed - oh! is that all? One of the timbers caved, great was the fall, Crushing another one shaped like his God. Only a miner lad - under the sod. Only a miner killed, just one more dead. Who will provide for them - who earn their bread? Wife and the little ones: pity them, God, Their earthly father is under the sod. Only a miner killed, dead on the spot, Poor hearts are breaking in yonder lone cot. He died at his post, a hero as brave As any who sleeps in a marble top grave. Only a miner killed! God, if thou wilt, Just introduce him to Vanderbilt, Who, with his millions, if he is there, Can't buy one interest - even one share. Only a miner, bury him quick; Just w'rite his name on a piece of a stick. Though humble and plain be the poor miner's grave Beyond, all are equal, the master and slave. From Only a Miner, Green Note: John Wallace (Captain Jack) Crawford (1847-1917) was an ex-cowboy, ex-Indian-fighter who wound up on the stage (lecture and otherwise). This was a recitation (though it sings OK to the tune of Only a Cowboy); reputedly it was inspired by a miner's death on the same day in 1877 that Commodore Vanderbilt died. RG DT #642 Laws G33 RG
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