Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 05/30/2014


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Robert Service
Spell of the Yukon


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Another old book:

Another old book:
Here's a much-read book that went North in 1917 on a beautiful sailing ship called The Star of Alaska. The book's owner was a tall 17-year-old kid who was on his way to work in the copper mine at Kennicott, and who stayed long enough to become a sourdough. He was my father.

In the long winter when the bunkhouse-cookhouse and the mine were connected by tunnels under the huge snow pack...when the men didn't see the sky for days at a time... my dad memorized several of Service's long doggerel poems. Recited them occasionally, for the rest of his life.

I absorbed them effortlessly, as kids do, and surprised myself by being able to quote all seven pages of the Ballad of Blasphemous Bill with only a little stumbling.

At school during the poetry recitation period I stood up and rattled it off. I thought my classmates rather liked it. But the teacher was horrified. How unladylike to recite a low-brow poem that starts:

"I took a contract to bury the body
Of Blasphemous Bill MacKay..."

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Meadowmom
Meadowmom
[Shooting of Dan McGrew]
3 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
Did you use a saw as a prop when you recited that poem? :-)
3 years ago.
Larry He's So Fine
Larry He's So Fine
Wonderful to have these keepsakes. I have my great great grandfather's diary from 1897.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A marvellous family heirloom.
3 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
Another great keepsake and story. You come form hardy adventurous stock!
3 years ago.
Gloucester, a Bottled Spider
Gloucester, a Bottle…
Good ol' Blasphemous Bill!
3 years ago.
Glenn T. Coleman
Glenn T. Coleman
Beautiful Old Book, A very interesting Story of your Dad, very interesting, Wonderful Memory!!!!!
2 years ago.