Top Loader

DESCRIPTION: Recitation; Bill Kirk is top loader. One day he's knocked off the load by a "cannon." His comrades rush to save him, but he's wedged into a crack. They pull the log out, and by a miracle he's not hurt, but he curses because his new pipe is cracked.
AUTHOR: Probably Marion Ellsworth
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Recitation; Bill Kirk is top loader at Pollock's camp; one day he's knocked off the load by a "cannon" (a log that pivots sideways on top of the load). His comrades, thinking him crushed, rush to save him, but he's wedged into a crack. They pull the log out, and by a miracle he's not hurt, but he curses because his new pipe is cracked.
KEYWORDS: lumbering work logger recitation rescue
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Beck 100, "Top Loader" (1 text)
Roud #8880
NOTES: Top loaders were always in danger, trying to get the maximum number of logs on the load.
This, like the other pieces probably written by Ellsworth, does not seem to have entered oral tradition. - PJS
File: Be100

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