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Yankee Doodle had a Clipper and a Colt

November 8, 2010

Yacht America

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[From the London Punch.]

The Last Appendix to Yankee Doodle.

Yankee Doodle sent to town
His goods for exhibition;
Everybody ran him down,
And laughed at his position;
They thought him all the world behind;
A goney, mulf or noodle;
Laugh on, good people — never mind —
Says quiet Yankee Boodle.
CHORUS — Yankee Doodle, &c.

Yankee Doodle had a craft,
A rather tidy clipper.
And he challenged, while they laughed,
The Britishers to whip her.
Their whole yacht-squadron she outsped,
And that on her own water;
Of all the lot, she went ahead,
And they came nowhere arter.
Yankee Doodle, &c.

O’er Panama there was a scheme
Long talked of, to pursue a
Short route — which many thought a dream —
By Lake Nicaragua.
John Bull discussed the plan on foot,
With slow irresolution.
While Yankee Doodle went and put
It into execution
Yankee Doodle, &c.

A steamer of the Collins’ line,
A Yankee Doodle notion,
Has also quickest cut the brine
Across the Atlantic Ocean.
And British agents, noways slow
Her merits to discover,
Have been and bought her — just to tow
The Cunard packets over.
Yankee Doodle, &c.

Your gunsmiths of their skill may crack,
But that again don’t mention;
I guess that Colt’s revolvers whack
Their very first invention.
By Yankee Doodle, too, you’re beat
Downright in agriculture,
With his machine for reaping wheat,
Chawed up as by a vulture.
Yankee Doodle, &c.

You also fancied in your pride,
Which truly is tarnation,
Them British locks of yourn defied
The rogues of all creation.
But Chubb’s and Bramah’s Hobb’s has picked
And you must be viewed all
As having been completely licked
By glorious Yankee Doodle.
Yankee Doodle, &c.

Watertown Chronicle (Watertown, Wisconsin) Nov 12, 1851

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American Success.

It is beyond all denial that every practical success of the season belongs to the Americans. Their consignments to the fair, showing poorly at first, but came out well upon trial. Their reaping machine has carried conviction to the heart of the British agriculturist. Their revolvers threaten to revolutionize military tactics as completely as the original discovery of gunpowder. Their yacht takes a class to itself. Of all victories ever won, none has been so transcendent as that of the New York schooner. The account given of her performances suggests the inapproachable excellence attributed to Jupiter by the ancient poets, who describe the King of the Gods as being not only supreme, but having none over next to him. “What’s first?” — “the American.” “What’s second?” — “Nothing.” — Besides this, the Baltic, one of Collins’ line of steamers, has “made the fastest passage yet known across the Atlantic,” and, according to the American journals, has been purchased by British agents, “for the purpose of towing the Cunard vessels from one short of the ocean to the other.” Finally, as if to crown the triumphs of the years, Americans have actually sailed through the isthmus connecting the two continents of the new world, and, while Englishmen have been doubting and grudging, Yankees have stepped in and won the day.

As for yachts, we have no doubt, that by next August, every vessel of the Cowes squadron will be trimmed to the very image of the America; there is no doubt that our farmers will reap by machinery, and the revolver, we fear, is too attractive an embodiment of personal power to be overlooked by European mischief-makers. In fact, while acknowledging the virtues of this ingenious instrument, we must express our suspicions that its principal effect has been hitherto to promote murder. Of twenty assassinations in California or the western states, fifteen at least, will be found, on examination, to have been perpetrated with revolvers. The invention supplies both temptation to offence and certainty in its execution, for it must be bad shooting indeed, if one shot does not tell out of five.

[London Times, Sept. 2.

Watertown Chronicle (Watertown, Wisconsin) Oct 8, 1851