Blood-Stained Diary, The

DESCRIPTION: "It's just a little blood-stained book, Which a bullet has town in two; It tells the fate of Nick and Nate...." The singer recounts the words of Nathan D. Champion's diary as he and his companion are attacked in the Johnson County War
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1958 (Burt)
KEYWORDS: death homicide cowboy
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Burt, pp. 175-177, "The Blood-Stained Diary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS2, pp 575-577, "The Blood-Stained Diary" (1 text)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Invasion Song" (subject)
NOTES: Burt links this with an event she calls the Johnson County War, a conflict in Wyoming between honest herders and cattle rustlers. There are, apparently, conflicting versions of what happened; see Burt for details. - RBW
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File: Burt175

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