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JOHN R MUSICK’S
 SCRAPBOOK
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John Roy Musick (1849-1901), the son of Ephraim Jenkins & Mary Ann (Prince) Musick, was born in St Louis County, MO but raised on a farm near Kirksville, Adair County, MO.  He earned a Bachelor of Scientific Didactics from the First District Normal School in Kirksville in 1874 then taught one term of school before reading law with a Kirksville attorney.  While studying law, he published a short-lived newspaper (Jan-July 1875) in Kirksville called The Tattler. He passed the Bar exam in 1876 and practiced law until 1882 when he decided to become a full-time author.  He had been a successful author of newspaper articles, poetry and historical short stories since his teens.

Musick’s best-known work was the 12-volume Columbian Historical Novels originally published by Funk and Wagnalls in 1892.  A thirteenth volume was published about the time of his death in 1901.  Telling the history of the United States “from the time of Columbus to the present” in a fictional narrative, Musick took great care, as he says in the Preface, “to have historical events and dates correct, and to not confound truth with fiction”.  Two other publications of particular home-town interest were Crutches for Sale: An Osteopathic Novel (Chicago: F Tennyson Neely, 1899), based on a play by Dr William Smith and Professor Robert Darton of Kirksville, and “In the Whirl of the Tornado: A Personal Experience”, Century Magazine (Aug 1899) 58:4, an account of the April 1899 tornado that destroyed a large section of Kirksville.

The left side of the handwritten title page of this volume of newspaper clippings has been torn; the title now reads:

[---] Musicks Scrap book
[---] original articles
 [---] have been published
[---] MUSICK.

Some of the articles, stories, poems, and letters to the editor he included were written under the pseudonyms Benjamin Broadaxe (or Broadax) and Ebenezer Slypole. His biographer indicates he wrote under many names, some of which no one, including his own family, was ever aware.1   The volume supposedly contains only his work, but there are also some articles by Don Jenardo, a name that has been identified by some as the pseudonym of John Woodruff Lewis.  Although all articles have all been clipped without publication name or date, that information is occasionally included in the text.

1Selby, P.O.  “John R. Musick” in Bits of Adair County History.  Vol. 6: January 1972-November 1974.  Typescript, 1974.  (Series of articles published in The Kirksville Daily Express and broadcast over KIRX Radio, Kirksville.)

Table of Contents

Musick used the US Patent Office’s 1856 Report to the House of Representatives as his scrapbook.  Some pages do not have clippings pasted to them and other pages were cut from the volume, so the articles may not be as long as the page numbers indicate.

Page
  Biography of “J.R. Musick, Law Student” w/ sketched portrait [shown above] of the subject
  Sketch of “Farm house where John R Musick’s boyhood days were spent”
1

I Know a Little Dark Eyed Girl” (Musick)

 

“That Black-Eyed Girl” (Musick)

 

“The Dark-Eyed Girl of the Normal” (Musick); all poems for The Journal

3

“The Fortunate Charge” (Musick)

5

“Congregational Prayer” (Musick)

7

“Normal Column”; 26 installments of First District Normal School news edited by Musick for The Kirksville Journal [letters to the editor and other events mentioned indicate these articles were written Spring term 1874 which would have been his last term in school]

70 

“The Bay Window: a Serenade” (poem) (Musick)

 

“The Song of the Crowded Car” (poem) ‘dedicated to the Normal Student who jumped off the train into the snow with his boots in his hand, at LaPlata, March 1st’ (Broadaxe)

73

“Divine Services at DeBar’s Opera House, StLouis, Mo” for The Journal (Musick)

74

“Bearing Children” (Broadaxe)

 

“Free Thought and the Consequence” (poem) (‘the Captain’)

 

Notice that Benjamin Broadaxe has been engaged to write for The Golden Era in San Francisco

75

“From the Land of Gold” for The Journal (Musick) [this is about the Chariton Hills of north Missouri, not California]

76

“Memories of Childhood” (Broadax)

 

“Fashionable Women and Men of the Present” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

79

“Mary’s Lamb” (Broadax)

80

“’Broadaxe’ Philosophy” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

 

“The First Night’s Picket” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

83

“Pilkins’ Wife” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

84

“Old and New-Fashioned Letters” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

 

“The Man Who Wanted to be a Poet and Couldn’t” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

87

“The Bad Boy Who Didn’t Get Thrashed” (Broadaxe)

88

“An Unfortunate Man” for The American Union (Broadaxe})

 

“’Broadaxe’ Attempts Story-Writing” for The Golden Era (Broadaxe)

89

“The Drunken Ghost” for The American Union (Broadaxe)

 

Whistling” for The Western Banner (Broadaxe)

 

“James G Blaine” (poem)

90

“Berkley’s Masquerade” for The American Union (Broadaxe)

 

“One Way of Boring Visitors” for The American Union (Broadaxe)

93

“Wanting to Emigrate” for The American Union (Broadaxe)

 

“Authors and Authorship” for The Sunny South (Broadaxe)

94

“How a Prayer Was Cut Short, and a Pet Paid the Roast” for The American Union (Broadaxe)

 

“What an Evening at the Opera Costs” (Broadaxe)

97

“The Dream and Fulfilment” (Jenardo)

101

“The First Guns of Shiloh: An Old Soldier’s Story” (Jenardo)

102

“The Mute Driver” (Musick)

105

“Kitty Klyde’s City Lover” (Jenardo)

110

“Indian Bill” for The Young Folks’ Rural (Jenardo)

113 

“Having a Tooth Pulled” (Broadaxe)

117

“The Young Husband’s Mistake” by Jenardo for The Journal

126

“Unkind Words” (poem) (Musick)

 

“The Ideal” (poem)  (Musick)

127

“The Gray Vulture” (poem) (Musick)

209

“The Lover’s Death: An Old Woman’s Story” for The American Publisher (Musick)

210

“A Lock of Hair” for The American Publisher (Musick)

215

“The Mysterious Guide” for The American Publisher (Musick)

216

“The Hermit’s Story” for The American Publisher (Musick)

222

“Poppin’ the Question” for The Journal (‘The Black Dodger’)

224

“Normal Names” (poem) (‘a Student’)

 

“Kirksville Normal School” (‘a Student’)  [Jun 11, 1873 letter to the editor of The Globe re the State

 

Superintendent’s attempt to fire Normal School faculty members]

 

“Santiago” (poem) (Musick )

229

“Spiritualism Again” to The Journal (Musick)

230

“Spiritism” to The Journal (Musick) [“Extracts from the discussion with Stewart” handwritten across the top of pgs 229 & 230]

231

“The Lover’s Fortune” (Musick)

235

“The Somnambulist Spectre” (Musick)

236

“The Magnanimity of Quantril” (Musick)

237

“The Planting” (poem) (Musick)

 

“On A Tear: or, A Young Farmer in the City” (Musick)

239

“Black Riley: A Story of the Late Civil War” (Musick)

240

“Won Through Fire; or, The Star of the Season” (Musick)

243

“The Mountain Roe” (Musick)

244

“Joe Morton, The Little Hero of the Texas Border” for The Boys of the World (Musick)

245

“The Elfin Prince: or, The Page in the Fairy Land” for The American Union (Musick)

247

“Singular Robbers: A True Story of the Early Days of Kentucky” (Musick)

248

“Saved by His Son; or, Willie’s First Bear” (Musick)

254

“Mr Darlington’s Gain” (Musick)

257

“Tommy Allen, or, The Little Indian Hero” (Musick)

260

“Stump Speech No 1: A Pizen Dimacrat of the Old Style On Reform” (Slypole)

 

“Stump Speech No 2: A Pizen Dimacrat of the Old Style, on the County Ticket” (Slypole)

261

“Stump Speech No 3: A Pizen Dimacrat of the Old Style On the Congressmen” (Slypole)

263

“Stump Speech No 4: A Pizen Dimacrat of the Old Style On the Governor” (Slypole)

264

“A Review of the Literature of the United States for 1876” (Musick)

266

“The West Bridge Highwayman” for The American Union (Musick)

270

“Capt Davis, the Pirate” (Musick)

274

“Black Beard” (Musick)

282

“Edward England” (Musick)

286 “Captain Avery and His Men” (Musick)
293

“Biographical Sketches, No 5: Captain Lewis, the Boy Pirate” (Musick)

297

“Biographical Sketches, No 6: Vincent Benavides, the Terror of the Chilian Coast” (Musick)

301

“Biographical Sketches, No 8: Capt Edward Low” (Musick)

306

“Biographical Sketches, No 9: Captain Robert Kidd” (Musick)

313

“Robbers’ Woods” (Musick)

317

“Clifford’s Cave, and His Fight with the Indians” (Musick)

318

“The Golden Locket” (Musick)

322

“ A Burglar in the House” (Broadaxe)

325

“The Leadville Widow” for The Journal (Jenardo)

326

“Ingenius Fortune Teller” for The Literary Vidette (Broadaxe)

329

“The Elfin Prince, or, The Page in the Fairy Land” (‘Cousin Jack’) [This is a longer, 9-chapter (installment) version of the tale on page 245]

   

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