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other weaves, I think sparrows

all frizzy hair and a kicker, we put
you never know your luck       1
I steamed it open and closed it up
you never know your luck       2
the price of love you never know       3
You never know who you ride with. Well,       4
You never know how they feel at the very
Think if you never laugh and talk folly       5
I think sparrows are you never know       6

Did you never know a man from the North       7
Did you never know anything about it?
I have heard gossip, but       8
his business is to be reticent [, ple] for years, and you never know really not       9
Did you never know of a caning by turning       10
Did you never know? I never knew. Did you never       11
know. What time does the dancing begin       12

you never know nought       13
You never know what you may come to. seriothousands       14
anāerhand sorts you never know       15
you never know for certain the quantity and quality of the ingredients       16
You never know what you mightn’t see       17
uddenly and breaks out, and you never know       18
And you never know what may happen in an un       19
you never know when to bedown the page       20
You never know. I’ll stick them in my bag.       21

you never know your own mind, torn       22
you never know whether you’re on your head or your heels       23
And you never knew?
I never knew.
Will you tell us why it is you never knew?
Well, I had a great deal in my hands       24
but it seems to fit it and to
And you never know what may happen
describe it better than any shorter and in an unexpected way.       25
because you never know how it may affect somebody       26
There may such a feeling exist, and you never know       27

You never know. There’s animated, turned [ ]
he realised he did not know, was know — you —
You never know. upstairs. now untwist your end and pass
night or in a fog at sea you       28
the interesting things they have encountered.
You never know just what they are going to say       29
you never know where you are, and what you posted       30
I do not. of his discretion. Did you never know it ?       31
on that ground, because you never know       32
where every curve Will you never know what       33

must continually surprise you To clinch matters,
a list of the more by an unexpected dourse of action. He
familiar of Bromidioms is given. It con must explode.
You never know what he tains
the sort of remarks that would form will say or do       34
You never know where you are nor when       35
other weaves you never know       36


  1. OCR confusion at pp 38-39, in Gilbert Parker (1862-1932 *), You Never Know Your Luck : Being the Story of a Matrimonial Deserter (1914)
  2. ditto, at pp 150-151, in Gilbert Parker, You Never Know Your Luck (1914), together with Wild Youth (1919), (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1919)
  3. OCR confusions, at The Bookman (September 1914) : 119
  4. ex Horace G(reely). Williamson, “You Never Know Who You Ride With,” in Things Worth While : A Volume of Verse (1906) : 27
  5. ex E(liza). Jane Cate (1812-84 *), “A sketch of life in the Granite State,” in Godey’s Lady’s Book (Philadelphia; November 1852) : 413-425 (418)
  6. no author named, but George MacDonald (1824-1905 *), “The Seaboard Parish,” in The Sunday Magazine (December 1, 1878) : 145-156 (146)
  7. ex testimony of G. B. Preston, in House of Representatives, Report of the Select Committee on Affairs in Alabama (Alabama Investigation), 1875 : 630
  8. ex Testimony taken before joint investigating committee “in the matter of investigation of charges preferred by W. H. Meck against the Board of State School Examiners, &c., &c...,” in Appendix to the Journal of the Senate, State of Ohio (1908) : 1038
  9. ex “The Art of Reticence,” in The Living Age (June 18, 1870) : 761-763 (762)
  10. Minutes of Evidence 3480, Mr. W. G. Penny Examined, 26 July 1877,
    in Report of the Christ’s Hospital Inquiry Commission (on the death — by suicide — of the boy William Arthur Gibbs), and the circumstances around that instance and more generally (including inadequate and indifferent administration) (1877) : 101
    report starts here
  11. ex “Affairs in Arkansas,” Report by Mr. Poland, from the Select Committee to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the State of Arkansas (concerning contested election results) (U.S. House of Representatives, 1875) : 250
  12. ex O. M. Pilleau, “The Peppery Old Colonel,” in Chatterbox (1922) : 47
  13. Jean Ingelow (1820-1897 *), Laura Richmond (London, 1901) : 47 (at hathitrust)
  14. OCR cross-column misread, “Vocal Music for the Piano” in S. Brainard’s Sons’ Descriptive Catalogue of Selected Popular Music (Cleveland, Ohio; 1872) : 56
  15. OCR misread (of “underhand”), visible in preview snippet (only), at Henry James Byron (1835-84 *), Blow for Blow (1868) : 24
    legible at different scan (BL copy)
  16. ex J. Denham Bradburn, British Birds : Their successful management in captivity, with other allied information for fanciers. Chapter 1 "On Food" (Third edition, revised and enlarged by Allen Silver; London, 1903) : 14
  17. ex (Editor’s Drawer) May Isabel Fisk, “Shopping, A Monologue,” in Harper’s Magazine (October 1916): 795
    ah. who were you, May? did you cross paths with Viña Delmar, in your vaudevillean rambles?
  18. ex “Minutes of Evidence, Departmental Committee on Sheep-Dipping,” (Tuesday, 9th June, 1903), Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dipping and Treatment of Sheep (1904) : 83
  19. ex preview snippet (only), at Mill Supplies 9 (1914) : 57
  20. OCR misread, preview snippet (only) at The Harvard Advocate (1894) : 24
  21. ex Constance Cotterell (1839-98), “A novel in a nutshell / Then Talk Not of Inconstancy” in The Sketch (April 28, 1897) : 37
  22. OCR cross-column misread, preview snippet (only), at Old Plays (1829) : 5
  23. Anthony Trollope, The Prime Minister (Tauchnitz, vol. 3 of 4; 1876) : 93
  24. from Appendix 2 (evidently concerning irregularities in Kent County Election), Journals of the House of Commons (Dominion of Canada), (1888) : 18
  25. cross-column OCR misread, at Frank Farrington, “Stick-to-Itiveness : The faculty that counts, no matter what you are trying to sell or put across,” in Rock Products 23:24 (November 20, 1920) : 44
  26. from “Minutes of Evidence” taken before the Departmental Committee on Preservatives and Colouring Matter in Food (Nineteenth day, 22 January 1900), Sessional Papers 34 (1902) : 202
  27. ex “Testimony taken on the part of the Asylum authorities,” in Report of the Joint Committee of the Michigan Legistature of 1879, on Alleged mismanagement, and matters connected therewith, in the Michigan Asylum for the Insane at Kalamazoo (Lansing, 1879) : 527
  28. OCR cross-column misread, visible in preview snippet (only), at The London Magazine (1914) : 59
  29. ex preview snippet (only), at Annual Meeting of the Maryland State Teachers’ Association (1914) : 28
  30. “merely means that it had never been properly...”
    OCR cross-column misread, at Copyright Commission, Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Royal Commission on Copyright (London, 1878) : 251
  31. “emphatically not...”
    ex Reports from Commissioners vol. 28, House of Lords, “Existence of Corrupt Practices at Elections for the Borough of Wakefield, eighth day, 13 October 1859,” (1860) : 175
  32. from “Minutes of Evidence” taken before the Departmental Committee on Preservatives and Colouring Matter in Food (Nineteenth day, 22 January 1900), Sessional Papers 34 (1902) : 202 (oops, near-same passage, repeated)
  33. OCR cross-column misread, at R. D. Blackmore, Lorna Doone : A Romance of Exmoor (New York, Harper’s Edition; January 1890) : 203
  34. ex snippet view (only), T.P.’s Magazine (1910) : 52
    but other issues — vols 1 (1911) and 3 (1911-12) — available via hathitrust
    T. P. was Thomas Power O’Connor (1848-1929); see wikipedia and concise (and better) short bio at the Letters of James McNeill Whistler.
    his wife : Elizabeth Paschal O’Connor (ca 1850-1931) — daughter of a lawyer (and Texas Supreme Court judge?), reared by an enslaved woman (whose own children had been sold off), writer (My Beloved South (New York, 1913); I Myself (London, 1910), &c.); see her entry at the TSHA Handbook of Texas.
  35. ex Mrs. Lynn Linton (1822-1898 *), “Huffy People,” in Chambers’s Journal (March 28, 1891) : 193-195
  36. ex snippet view, American Lumberman (1913) : 55
    but also Douglas Malloch (1877-1938 *), “The Times” in his Tote-road and Trail : Ballads of the Lumberjack (1917) : 141-148 (144)

This assemblage was harder going — harder going, and harder leaving — than others, in part because its method was different — sources were elaborated only after the sequence was (largely) established.

The longer URL’s in most of the links are an unfortunate consequence of this ill-considered and regretted method.

1 April 2021