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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Published by Webmaster on 09/06/2003 (108175 reads)
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SO 3-19-02 Thank you for the website. I enjoy so many of the poems so have no ready favorite in mind. As an aside, my grandfather, in the 20's and 30's, would recite from memory many of Service's poems at Grange Hall meetings. Also, he was a real cowboy in Colorado before the turn of the century as well and experienced many of the attitudes Service brought to his poems. Service's poems are so rhythmic and flow so easily.

Again, thanks for the site. One of my bookmarks and favorites.

DLR 3-18-02 I have been given the honour of proposing the toast to Robert W Service and the 3rd annual celebration of RWS in Kilwinning later this year. I mentioned this a few weeks ago on this very site. I had a response from David Gibson who belongs to the land of Sam McGee - Tennessee. David had written to RWS in 1954 and received a lovely letter of reply in January 1955 and he kindly sent me a copy of this letter. I sent David a copy of two recent books of mine: IN THE VALLEY GARNOCK - BEITH DALRY & KILBIRNIE and THE BEITH SUPPLEMENT - THE STORY OF BEITH'S NEWSPAPER. It is really nice to meet folk through a shared interest in Robert W Service. Needless to say I will also be sending David my next book which is due off the press in the next 2 weeks entitled: DOON VALLEY MEMORIES - DALMELLINGTON, DUNASKIN PATNA & DISTRICT - A PICTORIAL REFLECTION. So, thanks to Art for providing such an interesting site which enables friendships to blossom through a love of a truly great poet. Kindest regards to all lovers of RWS

Donald L Reid
Past President & Secretary
Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club
Ayrshire, Scotland

DED 3-10-02 Just learned of this poet this morning, after visiting with a childhood chum. This friend whose nickname is "Radish" is an avid fan of Robert Service. "Radish" does not have access to the internet and is desperately trying to find 2 books written by Mr. Service. He has all of the other material written by Mr. Service except for "Bathtub Ballads" and "In Preparation". I am hoping to help my friend locate these two books as they are out of print. Could anyone out there please help me with this search? I would appreciate it so much, as so would "Radish". Feel free to contact me via my email address and I will pass the information on. In the meantime I am going to be reading poems by Mr. Service. Thank you for your time.


NC 3-8-02 The Rhyme of the Remittance Man is my favorite Service poem. I love the way this man wrote and thought. His work delivers hours of endless enjoyment for me!

DLR 3-7-02 A brilliant site and a great legacy to a wonderful poet. I have the honour of being invited to propose the toast to the immortal memory of RWS in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland on Friday, 6 September 2002. Anyone with any special memories or information which might be worth including is cordially invited to contact me at: Again, thanks for such a great site. Really impressive. Kindest regards from all in Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club No. 593 in Beith, Ayrshire.

PBL 3-5-02 "I'm scared of it All" is beautifully written, with a strong message for all who feel ill at ease in our "modern" world. I find comfort in this poem.

MRS 3-5-02 My grandmother introduced me to Robert Service when I was a wee girl. He is to me what Green eggs and ham are to other people. I am so pleased to know that many other people appreciate him as well. Pleasant reading, everyone.

CO 3-3-02 Bought the Book "The Best of Robert Service" at the Anchorage Air Port on my way to Nome and Cripple River to join the Gold Prospectors of America, and mine on the Beach there in 1994.

BD 3-2-02 My Dad introduced me to Robert Service's poems and I've read them ever since. Sometimes they were helpful, mostly they were pleasurable and I still turn back to them. I am happy that there is a web site for him. Ironically, I was born when he was still alive, but didn't know it until I found this site. In grade school his poem "The Quitter" formed the theme of a banner for a school project. The teacher did not really understand it, but I did. Bravo to all who enjoy his work.

TS 2-28-02 I am 52 years old, and first I heard of Robert Service was when I was in the 3rd grade and happened to find his book, The Spell Of The Yukon. This book was stuck away back in our classroom, and the teacher tried to talk me out of reading it. As I remember, she said it was above my head and I should opt for her choice of Mother Goose or something she seemed to think might be better reading for me. Well, I'm glad I held on to that book and I read it cover to cover several times before giving it back. I've had a love for poetry and short stories by Service ever since.

FBH 2-26-02 This is an awesome site. My teenage son had never heard of this poem and I remembered it as one of my favorites when I was in school. I just read it to him and he liked it as well, and it brought back a lot of fond memories for me. Thank you for the effort you've put into this site. I just cannot believe there are schools who don't teach about the greats anymore.

MM 2-22-02 What a wonderful opening, having the sound bite of Mr. Service to greet the viewer. Had not read any Service poetry in years, but did a search and found this site. It is fun to once more read some peoples poems.

SG 2-18-02 Actually I have THREE favourite poems. Jean Despres, Atoll and Bessie's Boil. The first because it was the first of his poems I heard, The second because the lyrics are so profoundly moving, and the last because it Just Makes Me Laugh!!

M 2-17-02 I live in Anchorage Alaska where one of our high school is named after Robert Service. For short we just call it Service High. I was in reading a couple of days ago and my teacher read us this poem called "The Cremation of Sam McGee" I just loved it because it was really sad.

SM 2-7-02 Robert Service is the best poet ever! :)
This sight is a great help on school projects! :)

C 2-6-02 Another of my all time favorites is 'The Pasha Frog'
I first read it in the 8th grade. I enjoyed it so much, I recited it to the entire class.

Like you, I also learned of Robert Service through my father. I came across my fathers copy of 'The complete works of RS' I have since bought my own copy. No other can write a ballad like Robert Service Your site is a wonderful tribute to him.

H 2-4-02 i dont even know if this site is even what im looking for and i just got hear so i have nothing to say!
AU I had to post this one...just as received 

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