Herr Cline's Celebrated Dance
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Franklin Graham, in his Histrionic Montreal: Annals of the Montreal Stage (1902) gives:
HERR JOHN CLINE presented an address and gentlemanly gracefulness on the rope that was new here, and his work was the general theme of eulogy. He was highly polished in style and attitude, copying classical statues of ancient masters. He subsequently appeared at Guilbault's Gardens, situated on St. Lawrence street, above Sherbrooke street, for a short time. His brother, Andre, was the Louis Cyr [Ed. a celebrated strong-man] of that period. Herr Cline was born in London, England, and made his American debut at the Bowery Theatre in 1828. He retired in 1862, but, having lost his savings, was compelled to return to rope dancing at an age when most others are satisfied to be able to walk at all.
The jig was entered into the 1859 music manuscript copybook of American musician M.E. Eames (p. 75). Nothing is known of Eames, although some of the tune (such as this one) suggest Philadelphia connections.