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How  SLIPPERY  ROCK  Got  Its  Name
 
by  Jack M. MacDonald

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                     Settler :  Gosh all hemlock !  What do I see ?
                                      A redskin pointin' his gun at me ?
 
                      Indian :  That's right, Pale Face . . . since I'm discovered
                                       Dont' move a step.  I've got you covered.
 
                      Settler :  I'm travelin,' Varmint.  I'm on my way . . .
                                       My hair won't hang from your belt this day.
 
                      Indian :  You may be fast but I'll have that scalp
                                       If I have to climb the highest Alp.
 
                      Settler :  No Alps for me.  I'll chance the creek.
                                       Hurrah ! You missed.  What a narrow squeak.
 
                       Indian :  There's no use hopping from stone to stone
                                        My tomahawk cleaves the toughest bone.
 
                       Settler :  This Eliza act is durned realistic.
                                        Pardon me, Varmint. That's anachchronistic.
 
                        Indian :  That two dollar word . . . it may be your last
                                         I've got you, White Man.  Your future's just past.
 
                       Settler :  Ha, ha . . . you fell.  With all your talk
                                        You didn't see that slippery rock !
 
                        Indian :  The God of Waters is mad at me
                                         Fatherless orphans will fill my tepee.
 
                        Settler :  Oh, no, Redskin.  I'm not much fer killin'
                                         You'll yet live to see your wife and your chilllen.
 
                         Indian :  But why, White Man ? I'd have killed you.
                                         The same fate is right for me, too.
 
                         Settler :  Listen, Varmint, for many a week
                                          I hunted a name for this blamed creek
                                         Something suitable, a name that sticks
                                         And until you fell I was in a fix
                                         But right here and now, without much talk
                                         We've named this creek . . . The Slippery Rock
                                          If a town grows up, that's its name to
                                          If folks think it's funny -- what can they do ?
                                         We'll be a legend, and we'll be to blame
                                         But they'll have to stick to this funny name.
 
                                         When I saw you skid for half a block
                                         I knew righ then 'twould be - " Slippery Rock. "

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