necktie social (=hanging, 1888)

Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Wed Feb 9 14:31:32 UTC 2005

I recall "necktie party" as a common cliche heard in the horse-operas
of the '40's. "Necktie carnival" and "necktie social" are new to me.

-Wilson Gray

On Feb 9, 2005, at 8:46 AM, Barnhart wrote:

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> An Arizona Necktie Social.  “Hello!  What’s this?” asked a benevolent
> resident of an Arizona town, as he came suddenly upon a necktie social
> in
> full blast.
> “Just stringin up a dude,” explained one of the party, as he took a
> better
> hold on the rope.
> “Wall, that’s nawthin’ to hang a man fer.”
> “But he’s from Boston.”
> “Wall, don’t hang the poor feller fer that.  Yer see he left the
> place.”
> “An’ he’s stole a hoss.”
> “So hev the most of us, pardners.”
> “An’ he dropped Red Shirt Dick, this mornin’.  Killed him dead as a
> doornail.”
> “Oh, that nawthin’,” persisted the benevolent resident.
> “An’ he sez eye-ther and nigh-ther.”
> “You don’t say!” exclaimed the benevolent chap, excitedly.  “Up he
> goes!
> Pull on that rope lively.”
> Fitchburg Sentinel [Mass.] (, March 24, 1888, p 2

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