“Bat Shay”


"Yes, Troy City was crowded On Independence Day All listening to the verdict of Bat Shay." "Do not electrocute Bat Say, The weeping neighbors said; It would break his mother's heart And kill his poor old dad." (Shay is condemned even so.)


Reportedly based on an election brawl in 1894, in which Robert Ross was killed. Burt reports that no one really knows who fired the fatal shot, but Bartholomew Shay was the one tried and punished. - RBW


  1. Burt, p. 240, (no title) (1 fragment)
  2. BI, Burt240


Author: Tom Harrington ?
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US