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Scarborough Sister

Scarborough Sister

Miss Lister

Scarborough sister

I have missed her

Beloved sister

 

This mysterious rhyme dropped from the pocket of John Wilkes Booth soon after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln

Historians have tried to decipher the code but have achieved little success

 

Miss Lister

Scarborough sister

Please fist her

I have missed her

 

More contemporary and cruder versions of the famous rhyme are occasionally to be seen hidden within the graffiti that can be found in most major American cities

This particular example was found in Chicago

 

Sister Sister  

Dear Miss Lister

I have missed her

Scarborough sister

 

Sister Sister is thought to be the original version of the rhyme and was found inserted in a book given to Ladies of Llangollen by Miss Anne Lister