“The Execution of Robert Schramle”


"Not a bark was heard, not a warning note, As we o'er to the calaboose hurried." The vigilantes break into the prison, take the prisoner, hang him, and "left him alone with the devil"


Burt connects this with the execution in Colorado of Robert Schramle, accused of killing Henry Thiede on October 11, 1877, but there is no supporting evidence in the song that I can see. (To be fair, there is no counter-evidence, either.) If Burt's connection is correct, the vigilante execution took place on December 9, 1877. - RBW


  1. Burt, p. 169, (no title) (1 text)
  2. BI, Burt169


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US