Title: Sermons In Rhyme

Periodical: The Yorkshireman

Date: June 24, 1891

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"Short Bull" and "Kicking Bear" are amongst the Sioux Indians of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show now exhibiting in Leeds.—Daily Paper.



SHORT BULL and Kicking Bear,
Indians Red, and Indians rare,
Let me put some questions;
Then, perhaps, though Red you be,
You will say in language free,
What you think of what you see,
And may make suggestions.

This I said, and this I wrote,
Putting in, you'll please to note,
Many little posers;
How brave Kicking Bear replied,
How Short Bull did then decide,
Where they erred, or where they lied,
I'll not tell you, no, sirs.

"What d'ye think of Mayor Cooke? [1]
Tell me, Kicking Bear, and look,
You make no digression."
"Mayor Cooke," the Sioux essayed,
"Me much makee great afraid,
By his side me much in shade,
That is true confession."

"Now, Short Bull, your turn comes next,
Don't evade on false pretext.
What think you of Spark, now?"
"Doctor Sparkee, [2] makee noise,
Please the little girls and boys,
In Far West he'd givee joys,
But you keep it dark now."

"Kicking Bear," I did proceed,
"How would you our Archie read,
Our great water drinker?"
"Archie figee me like not,
Though drink water is most hot,
And he talkee muchee rot,
I of that am thinker."

"Once again, then, Short Bull, say,
What think you of our Sir J.—
That is, Sir James Kitson?" [3]
"Man of iron, very strong,
Fightee bravely, right or wrong,
Bigger be before 'tis long,
For M. P. a fit son."

"Kicking Bear, you've seen the Grand,
Nicest theatre in the land,—
What's your own opinion?"
"Much pretty, music sweet,
Likee dancing of the feet,
Tomahawk would make complete
Manager's dominion."

"Roundhay Park [4] you've seen, Short Bull,
When with Sunday people full,
Is it not most charming?"
"If horse ridee very well,
But too far the good to tell,
Bring it nearer to your swell,
Or let out for farming."

Then, before I spoke again,
They went at it might and main,
Many things denouncing;
Briggate and its fine arcade,
The new Post, the Boar Lane shade,
Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds's trade,
All came in for trouncing.

Note 1: Alf Cooke (1843-1902), of Alf Cooke printworks, was Mayor of Leeds, England, in 1890. [back]

Note 2: Dr. William Spark (1823-1897), composer and Borough Organist of Leeds. [back]

Note 3: Sir James Kitson (1835-1911), 1st Baron Airedale, was a British politician, a Member of Parliament, and a prominent Unitarian in Leeds. [back]

Note 4: Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, where the first public trolley system (electric tram with overhead power) was installed in Britain in 1891. [back]

Title: Sermons In Rhyme

Periodical: The Yorkshireman

Source: McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West , MS6.3772.033.01

Date: June 24, 1891

Topics: Lakota Performers

Keywords: American Indians Indian weapons Kirkstall Abbey Poetry Sioux Nation Social satire Tomahawks

People: Kicking Bear, 1853-1904 Short Bull, -1915 Spark, William, 1823-1897

Place: Leeds (England)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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