Collected by: Deanna Moore
Transcribed by: Doug Haynie
Arkansas Folklore Class
Sung by: R.K. Moore
Benton, Arkansas November 26, 1960
Reel 381; Item 24
A Negro Expression
"Then one time while we were working about two miles out of town they liked about fifteen minutes finishing the job, when noon time came. The foreman didn't want to quit just at that time, he wanted to finish the job then move to another one. So when all the shistles, factory whistles, blew in town at twelve O'clock the foreman made no mention. The negroes kept working.
About ten minutes after twelve one of the negroes raired up--
didn't want to question anybody—-he only made the statement,
"Must a been a fire in town while ago."
(My father, Mr. Robert Kennon Moore, worked on the railroad for his father some. Ana it was during one of the summers between terms at college that he heard this.)
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