“A Race”

Author: Attributed to Long Joe, from the town of Cedar, Michigan
Earliest date: April 28, 1878 (published in newspaper)
Keywords: bragging contest clothes racing sports recitation
Found in: US(MW)

Description

Recitation. Deerfoot John brags that he's the champion foot-racer; Windigo challenges him to a 500-yard race. Deerfoot, running stark naked and with a 40-foot starting lead, runs well, but loses. Deerfoot swears that next time he'll run with his pants on.

Notes

Beck quotes an informant to the effect that this is a versified news story. - PJS

References

  1. Beck 36, "A Race" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8852
  3. BI, Be036