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In Bass Ball, Club is "Skinned from Top to Stem"

Salience Peripheral
City/State/Country: Canton, NY, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Unknown

"Messrs. Editors:  A game of Bass Ball came off at this place day before yesterday.  It was similar to the one alluded to in the last 'Sentinel", with this exception -- we skinned the coons from top to stem.  So, hurra for Connecticut!

"Canton, 25th April, 1844."

See 1844.15 for the referenced Frontier Sentinel article.


St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, NY), April 30, 1844, page 2, column 7.


Canton, NY is about 15 miles SE of Ogdensburg NY.  Its population in 2000 was a bit over 10,000.

Ogdensburg [1853 population "about 6500"] is about 60 miles [NE] down the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario.  It is about 60 miles south of Ottawa, about 120 miles north of Syracuse, and about 125 miles SW (upriver) of Montreal.

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Can anyone make a guess at the meaning of "hurra for Connecticut" for a game played in the far north of NYS?  Was the area known for its emigres from CT?

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Submitted by Tom Shieber, 4/23/2015

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