DESCRIPTION: Howatt, a barkeep, is shot and killed by "a brave engineer." When St. Peter declines to admit Howatt, the late bartender replies with obscenity and scorn.
KEYWORDS: bawdy homicide Hell
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 468-470, "Peggy Howatt" (2 texts, 1 tune)
cf. "Casey Jones (I)" [Laws G1] (tune)
NOTES: Jim "Peggy" [from his wooden leg] Howatt sold liquor in Joplin, Mo., Picher, Okla., and Pittsburg, Kansas, until his death from tainted moonshine about 1924.
Annotator Legman posits this topical satire, sung to a set of the melody of "Casey Jones," was written by the composer of that ballad, Wallace Saunders. - EC
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