antedating jitney 1899

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Mar 17 12:21:29 UTC 2009

Thanks, Doug.
Here's more of the article.

Morning Herald, page Page 4, column 1, iss. 349
Publication Date:
December 16, 1899
Published as:
The Morning Herald
Lexington, Kentucky
Election So Quiet
This Pair of "Heavy-Enders" Didn't Know it Was on--
A Little Tramp Philosophy
Article Type:

Two local Weary Willies--a pair of lunch-routers--met on Straus' corner just
after midnight. This was their conversation.
"Got anything?"
"Two bits"
"Let me take?"
"Nit! Not on your jowl fringe."
"Buy a bowl?"
"Can't spare de change. Me granmaw died in Sout' Afriky an' I need dis
to float me over ter de fun'ral"
"Quit yer kiddin' an' let me have a jitney."
"Nit. Put on yer wolkin' close an' make some o' dese politishuns loosen up."
"Cheese; here comes somebody. Believe he heard you. Let's blow."

Stephen Goranson

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