“Peggy Howatt”


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.


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

Cross references


  1. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 468-470, "Peggy Howatt" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. BI, RL468


Author: unknown
Keywords: bawdy homicide Hell
Found in: US(So)