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I was fortunate enough to be her student, and fortunate enough to collect a song which told of the Berryville jail burning down with its occupants inside. I got it from the lawyer Melvin Anglin, the father of a college friend of mine. The problem was, I had to sing it in front of the class. I pretty much made a tuneless dirge of it and was seldom more embarrassed in my college career. And that's saying a lot.
Thomas Hayde
Forrest City, AR