“The Greenhorn”

Author: Probably Marion Ellsworth
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: lumbering fight logger recitation
Found in: US(MW)

Description

Recitation; a greenhorn arrives in the lumber camp and makes friends with everyone except Joe Bonreau, the camp bully. The greenhorn doesn't respond until Joe talks about the greenhorn's girlfriend, after which he proceeds to wipe the floor with Joe

Long description

Recitation; a greenhorn arrives in the lumber camp, and although he's quiet and doesn't smoke, drink or chew tobacco, he makes friends with everyone except Joe Bonreau, the camp bully, who teases him without mercy. The greenhorn doesn't respond until Joe makes remarks about the greenhorn's girlfriend, after which the greenhorn proceeds to wipe the floor with him. All approve, and Joe shakes his hand, saying to the speaker, "I guess, Jack, you was right/When I start in to rile that kid/I was fool with dynamite."

Notes

This, like the other pieces probably written by Ellsworth, does not seem to have entered oral tradition. - PJS

References

  1. Beck 103, "The Greenhorn" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8882
  3. BI, Be103