Horton's In, The

DESCRIPTION: "The day retired serene and fair" as the Horton [which had slipped out of Canadian custody] returned home. The locals cheer that "The Horton's in!" The congratulate themselves on their cleverness in escaping
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1957 (Beck-Maine)
KEYWORDS: sea escape
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
Oct 8, 1871 - Canada seizes the E. A. Horton (then in Halifax harbor) on a charge of fishing inside Canadian territorial waters
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Beck-Maine, p. 213, "The Horton's In" (1 text)
Roud #4725 and 6563
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The E. A. Horton [Laws D28]" (subject: the escape of the Edward A. Horton)
NOTES: Although this event was celebrated enough to inspire at least two songs, reading the description of what happened on p. 212 of Beck-Maine makes it sound as if the Americans were more in the wrong than the Canadians. Possibly the Edward A. Horton was innocent of the charge against her, but that should have been settled by diplomacy, not international piracy. Which is what this was, although the songs don't ever use the word. - RBW
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