Willa Cather's scrapbook, covers
This book was made by little
When he was rather young & silley
He was of an artistic mind
And all his freinds inside you'll find
This book, made when he was a kid
Is the best thing he ever did
His cheek was red, his eye was keen
His brain was of a tender green.
This book, with many sorrows rife
Is but a history of his life.
For from the cradle to the grave, from rise to set of sun,
He never did a single thing he did not wish undone
He had a magic lantern once & put a pix upon it.
And straightway wished with all his heart that he had never done
He build a billard table once, a great and stately table
And when complete he burnt the thing as soon as he was able.
He made a panaramma once that stretched from shore to shore
But when folks saw it once they did not care to any more.
And once he stuffed a
little bird which looked exceeding sweet
A ramrod stuck down through its neck & a spike in both its
And so it was through all his life from early morn till night
What 'er he did what 'er he tried he never did it right.
What the cause was I could not tell unless that was it were,
He was to holy, good and pure to live among us here.
For troubles lay full thick & fast where'er his footstep
From the first moment he was borne till he went home to God.
His heart it was so good & true his soul so pure & good
That he would faint when'er he saw a little drop of blood
He killed a little kitten once, by accident of course
And wept untill his eyes were dim & till his throat was horse
He threw himself upon it's grave and with his mighty love
He closed his lovely eyes & went up to his home above
When 'er the evening's damp & chilly
I hope you'll pray for little Willie.
Diaries and Journals
J.A. Hill, Civil
W. Richards, Surveyor
J.S. Morton, Statesman
Sara J. Price, Teacher
W. Danley, Businessman
J. & E. Green, Farmers
S. Buck, Farm Wife
S. & E. Allis,
E. & L. Correll,
W.J. Bryan, Orator
Lucy Drexel, Student
Viola Barnes, Student
C. Calvert, Educator
Myrtle Soulier, Student
B. Watson, Porter
Margaret and Edward
Frances M. Creech,
Sierra Nevada Bunnell,