Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 06:09:24 EST From: Bapopik Subject: Bugs & Koons This citation of "Koons" is one of our earliest illustrating this derogatory term for African-Americans. "Dandy bugs" (continuing my entomologies) is also of interest. It's from the MICROSCOPE (available on American Periodical Series), New Albany, Indiana, vol. 1, no. 41, 5 February 1825, pg. 3, col. 2: FOR THE MICROSCOPE. Dear Tim--Our Jess went to town the other day, & bought a Gawky Cap, and when he came home the dogs barked at him. Mamma, she run out to see, and cried out to me, "why Polly, here comes a 'Koon on horse-back." I went in haste to see the wonder, and behold it was only Jess. A smart argument commenced between Mamma and Jess, about wearing the _Cap_. Jess said, that the dandy Bugs wore them in town, & he had a right to wear any thing worn by them: whilst Mamma declared that none of her children should disguise themselves, so as to be taken for Koons--she did not care what kind of _bugs_ wore them, even if they were _tumble-bugs_; none should be worn about her house,--In the midst of the dispute, father came in, and being informed of the particulars, he put the cap on the head of black Tom, and cooly observed, "that no one who layed claim to the principle of a white man, would be catched with such a thing on his head." POLLY TELLALL