Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 01:29:26 -0500

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: For the Love of Mike; Let's Go!; Cop; The Jinx


"For the Love of Mike" was discussed last year, and it's in the RHHDAS H-O

(pg. 473), starting with 1892. I tied it in with Mike Tyson and Michael

Jordan news stories.

It's assumed by the RHHDAS that "Mike" is a euphemism for "God," but

that need not be so. The source (which I found after that posting) may

instead be a Little Orphan Annie-type character from Philadelphia. This is

from the World, 23 November 1879, pg. 10, col. 5:


Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

("Little Mike," a lonely little waif, who died in the Children's

Hospital some time ago, lay all the day before his death plaintively watching

several children who were pronounced cured and whose friends had come to

remove them; and then, with a pitiful ache in his voice, turned to the nurse

in charge, saying, "Dear Nurse, when will my friends come? All the rest

going, only I have no home.")


Only a hospital child!

Why let fall a tear?

Only a hired nurse

Standing beside the bier!

(,,,) VII.

Only "I have no friends!

Dear Nurse, when will they come?

See! all the others going,

Only I have no home!


Only a short, short waiting!

White-winged Friends have come

And borne the little lone one

Up to Love and a Home!