"Casey at the Bat" + Horatius: "F.J. Wilstach Casts Doubt..." Washington Post 18 Dec 1904

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"CASEY CASEY "CASEY CASEY AT THE BAT. BAT BAT. BAT F. F F. F J. J J. J Wilstach Wilstach- Wilstach Wilstach- Casts Light on the Question Question of Authorship. Authorship Authorship. Authorship The authorship R.uthorshlp Ruthorshlp authorship R.uthorshlp Ruthorshlp authorship R.uthorshlp Ruthorshlp of the celebrated ballad l.11ad l11ad ballad l.11ad l11ad ballad l.11ad l11ad "Casey Casey "Casey Casey at the Bat which De Wolf Wolt Wolf Wolt Hopper Hopper has served to immortalize has long been in question. question question. question It is to be hoped hoped. hoped hoped. however that this rattling ditty shouli should shouli should not go down to posterity linked with the "Beautiful Beautiful "Beautltul Beautltul "Beautiful Beautiful "Beautltul Beautltul "Beautiful Beautiful "Beautltul Beautltul "Beautiful Beautiful "Beautltul Beautltul Snow" Snow Snow" Snow and that other source of ot of ot embroilment and recrimination "Laugh Laugh "Laugh Laugh and the tlie the tlie World Laughs with You Weep and You Weep Alone. Alone Alone. Alone "Casey1 Casey1 "Casey' Casey "Casey" "Casey1 Casey1 "Casey' Casey "Casey" "Casey1 Casey1 "Casey' Casey "Casey" "Casey1 Casey1 "Casey' Casey "Casey" "Casey1 Casey1 "Casey' Casey "Casey" has had many fathers tathers fathers tathers to tD to tD claim It as their their' their their' dream-child dream child dream-child dream child dream-child dream child but at a.t at a.t last la..t lat last. last la..t lat last. last la..t lat last. last la..t lat last. tangible evidence evidence which should serve to lay the question question of authorship to rest for tor for tor all time. time time. time Is at hand. hand hand. hand F. F F. F J. J J. J Wilstach \\'Ilsta. 'Ilsta. Ilsta Wilstach \\'Ilsta. 'Ilsta. Ilsta Wilstach \\'Ilsta. 'Ilsta. Ilsta Wilstach \\'Ilsta. 'Ilsta. Ilsta business manager of the Viola Allen Company contends that the poem was from the pen of Will wm Will wm Valentine Valentine a young Irish poet who came to this country In 1878 1876 1878 1876 and who wha who wha died in New York when a member of ot of ot the World's Worlds World's Worlds staff. staff start staff. staff start staff. staff start In 1897. 1897 1R97. 1R97 1897. 1897 1R97. 1R97 1897. 1897 1R97. 1R97 1897. 1897 1R97. 1R97 "Casey Casey "CaBey CaBey "Casey Casey "CaBey CaBey "Casey Casey "CaBey CaBey "Casey Casey "CaBey CaBey according to Mr Mr. Mr Mr. Wilstach. Wilstach \Vllstach Vllstach Wiistach Wilstach. Wilstach \Vllstach Vllstach Wiistach Wilstach. Wilstach \Vllstach Vllstach Wiistach Wilstach. Wilstach \Vllstach Vllstach Wiistach Wilstach. Wilstach \Vllstach Vllstach Wiistach appeared for tor for tor the first time in the Sioux City Tribune TrIbune. Tribune TrIbune. when he was business manager of ot of ot that paper In 1SS2. 1SS2 1882- 1882 1582. 1582 1SS2. 1SS2 1882- 1882 1582. 1582 1SS2. 1SS2 1882- 1882 1582. 1582 1SS2. 1SS2 1882- 1882 1582. 1582 1SS2. 1SS2 1882- 1882 1582. 1582 1SS2. 1SS2 1882- 1882 1582. 1582 Will WUl Will WUl Valentine had ha.d had ha.d been city cltf citf city cltf citf city cltf citf editor of ot of ot the Kansas Ka.nsas Kansas Ka.nsas City City. City City. Star Star. Star Star. and came to Sioux City In the above year 'ear ear year 'ear ear year 'ear ear to accept a like position position on the Tribune. Tribune Tribune. Tribune Valentine had contributed contributed many parodies to the Tribune Tribune. Tribune Tribune. and his poems were -ere ere were -ere ere were -ere ere signed "February February "Februa.ry "February February "Februa.ry "February February "Februa.ry 14 being St. St St. St Valentine's Valentines Valentine's Valentines Day and so a . a . pleasant pleasant little llttle little llttle Joke on the author's authors author's authors name. name name. name Mr Mr. Mr Mr. Wilstach Wllll'tach Wlllltach Wilatach Wilstach Wllll'tach Wlllltach Wilatach Wilstach Wllll'tach Wlllltach Wilatach Wilstach Wllll'tach Wlllltach Wilatach and Valentine were room-njates room njates room-mates. mates. room-njates room njates room-mates. mates. room-njates room njates room-mates. mates. room-njates room njates room-mates. mates. room-njates room njates room-mates. mates. One Sundey afternoon the former tormer former tormer was reading Macaulay's Macaulays Macaulay'a Macaulaya Macaulay's Macaulays Macaulay'a Macaulaya Macaulay's Macaulays Macaulay'a Macaulaya Macaulay's Macaulays Macaulay'a Macaulaya "Lays Lays "Lays Lays of ot of ot Anclen Ancient Anclen Ancient Rome. Rome Rome. Rome and having finished the perusa perisal perusa perisal of ot of ot "HoratluB HoratluB "Horatlus Horatlus "Horatius Horatius "HoratluB HoratluB "Horatlus Horatlus "Horatius Horatius "HoratluB HoratluB "Horatlus Horatlus "Horatius Horatius "HoratluB HoratluB "Horatlus Horatlus "Horatius Horatius "HoratluB HoratluB "Horatlus Horatlus "Horatius Horatius "HoratluB HoratluB "Horatlus Horatlus "Horatius Horatius at the Bridge he suggested suggested to Valentine that It offered oftered offered oftered an excellen excellent excellen excellent opportunity orportunlty opportunity orportunlty for tor for tor the display of ot of ot his tajen Went talent tajen Went talent tajen Went talent in parody pa.rody parody pa.rody that "Casey Casey "Casey Casey at the Bat. Bat Bat. Bat or something of ot of ot this kind instead inlltead instead inlltead of "Horatius "Horatius at the Bridge" Bridge Bridge" Bridge should prove a di verting effort. effort eftort. eftort effort. effort eftort. eftort effort. effort eftort. eftort effort. effort eftort. eftort Valentine perused "Horatius "Horatius at the Bridge and at once set to work .ork ork work .ork ork work .ork ork on the ballad now famous as "Casey Casey "Cany Cany "Casey Casey "Cany Cany "Casey Casey "Cany Cany "Casey Casey "Cany Cany at the Bat. Bat Ba-i. Ba i. Bat. Bat Ba-i. Ba i. Bat. Bat Ba-i. Ba i. Bat. Bat Ba-i. Ba i. Bat. Bat Ba-i. Ba i. It has never oddly oddlY. oddly oddlY. been pointed out .out 'out out .out 'out out .out 'out that "Casey" Casey "Casey" Casey was wa.s was wa.s a parody of ot of ot "Horatius. "Horatius. yet a persual of ot of ot both poems proves that there IB IS IB IS a very close resemblance In story and that tba.t tbat that tba.t tbat that tba.t tbat the poems are written In tn In tn the same meter. meter meter. meter It Is a curious curioOus curious curioOus fact tact fact tact also atso also atso that the words "the the "the the nine" nine nine" nine appear In the first line Une line Une of .ot ot of .ot ot of .ot ot "Horatius Horatius "Horat1ua Horat1ua "Horatius Horatius "Horat1ua Horat1ua "Horatius Horatius "Horat1ua Horat1ua "Horatius Horatius "Horat1ua Horat1ua and this Mr Mr. Mr Mr. Wilstach Wllstach Wilstach Wllstach thinks thinks. thinks thinks. at this distant dlsta.nt dlstant distant dlsta.nt dlstant distant dlsta.nt dlstant time time. time time. may have served aervec1 served aervec1 to suggest SURest suggest SURest the basebal baseball basebal baseball connection with the parody. parody parody. parody Anyway Anyway. Anyway Anyway. Sioux City was baseball baseba.ll baseball baseba.ll cra y at that time. time time. time One does not have to compare these poems closely before betore before betore he be he be discovers that there 'there there 'there Is a a. a a. very very. very- very very. very- very very. very- close resemblance one to the other. other other. other For instance lnatance instance lnatance the line Une line Une In "Casey Casey "Casey" "Casey Casey "Casey" "Casey Casey "Casey" f Deduce Delluee Dea&nee Deanee Deduce Delluee Dea&nee Deanee Deduce Delluee Dea&nee Deanee Deduce Delluee Dea&nee Deanee fleuned Ileame4 gleamed fleuned Ileame4 gleamed fleuned Ileame4 gleamed in CaM7i ca.er. caer CaM7i ca.er. caer CaM7i ca.er. caer r a s . a s . a s . later Reel' Reel sneer later Reel' Reel sneer later Reel' Reel sneer later Reel' Reel sneer cnrUd evl.d evld eerl.d eerld cnrUd evl.d evld eerl.d eerld cnrUd evl.d evld eerl.d eerld cnrUd evl.d evld eerl.d eerld cnrUd evl.d evld eerl.d eerld CUCTI CUeT' CUeT cri CUCTI CUeT' CUeT cri CUCTI CUeT' CUeT cri CUCTI CUeT' CUeT cri Up- Up lip. lip Up- Up lip. lip Up- Up lip. lip Up- Up lip. lip Turning to "Horatius" Horatius "Horatius" Horatius we find ftnd find ftnd this line Une line Une H trailed Imlle4 smiled trailed Imlle4 smiled trailed Imlle4 smiled en eD en eD thoi tho. tho thoas thoi tho. tho thoas thoi tho. tho thoas thoi tho. tho thoas bold bol4 bold bol4 Roman Romani Romans Roman Romani Romans Roman Romani Romans a . a . mile 10111. 10111 mull. mull mile 10111. 10111 mull. mull mile 10111. 10111 mull. mull mile 10111. 10111 mull. mull mile 10111. 10111 mull. mull tertn "ADe ADe saran. saran tertn "ADe ADe saran. saran tertn "ADe ADe saran. saran tertn "ADe ADe saran. saran tertn "ADe ADe saran. saran and huh. huh huh. huh Then the famous tamous famous tamous line Une line Une in "Casey Casey "Ca.sey "Casey Casey "Ca.sey "Casey Casey "Ca.sey "Kill Kill 'X111 X111 "Kill Kill 'X111 X111 "Kill Kill 'X111 X111 "Kill Kill 'X111 X111 him Kill Xlii Eili Kill Xlii Eili Kill Xlii Eili the nmpln umpire nmpln umpire ihouted .houled houled shouted ihouted .houled houled shouted ihouted .houled houled shouted ihouted .houled houled shouted torn son. son torn son. son torn son. son en from Ircm 1mm from Ircm 1mm from Ircm 1mm tie the tie the rtini. rtini Itand. 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