Yearly Archives: 2012

How a newspaper hoax became ‘The History of the Bathtub’

BATHING THE CROOK Middlesboro Daily News Middlesboro, KY. December 29, 1920 By Dr. Johnson Archer Gray “As Mr. Dooley would say: ‘I see by the papers,’ that the Middlesboro police department are going to inaugurate a new feature in cleaning up the crooks in and around the city; they are going to give them baths […]

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The mule I drove was called Old Red

You hear young folk singers today sing happy work songs about mule drivers and mule-skinners. I sometimes wonder if any of them know what driving a mule is really like, and if they’d still sing so merrily if they knew. 
My first job was carrying water on the Interstate Railroad grade at Josephine, about a […]

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Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

Jesus, Jesus, rest your head. You have got a manger bed. All the evil folk on earth, Sleep in feathers at their birth. (But) Jesus, Jesus, rest your head. You have got a manger bed. Have you heard about our Jesus? Have you heard about his fate? How his mother came to the stable, On […]

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