John J. Curtis [Laws G29]

DESCRIPTION: John J. Curtis, a coal miner, is trapped in an avalanche of coal after setting a dynamite explosion. When he succeeds in lighting a match, he discovers he is blind. He asks his listeners for kindness
AUTHOR: Joseph Gallagher
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Korson-PennLegends)
KEYWORDS: mining begging injury
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1888 - John Curtis, age 28, is blinded in a mine in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He made his living thereafter by singing and selling broadsides of this song, made for him by Joseph Gallagher
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Laws G29, "John J. Curtis"
Korson-PennLegends, pp. 391-393, "John J. Curtis" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 711, JJCURTIS JOHNCURT

Roud #7724
File: LG29

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