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Eating Democrats

Language: English

Alfred Packer ate five prospectors whom he was guiding 
over a high Colorado plateau in 1874.

The judge who sentenced Packer to hang indignantly pointed out 
that "There was only six Democrats in all of Hinsdale County 
and you ate five of them."

The Department of Agriculture startled the official community 
by dedicating its cafeteria to Alfred Packer. Then the General
Services Administration removed the plaque and accused them 
of "bad taste."

Translation(s): FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "En mangeant des démocrates", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-08-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:26

Line count: 9
Word count: 72

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En mangeant des démocrates

Language: French (Français) after the English

Alfred Packer mangea cinq prospecteurs qu'il guidait
sur un plateau élevé du Colorado en 1874.

Le juge qui condamna Packer à être pendu fit remarquer avec indignation  :
« Il y avait seulement six démocrates dans tout le comté de Hinsdale
et vous en avez mangé cinq. »

Le Département de l'Agriculture a surpris la communauté officielle
en dédiant sa cafétéria à Alfred Packer. Alors
les services généraux de l'Administration ont enlevé la plaque et l'ont accusé
de « mauvais goût. »

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Text added to the website: 2019-07-04 00:00:00.

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