Sourdough in literature
I recently had reason to look up a poem, “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Roger Service, who spent part of his working life in the Yukon in the early 1900s. He published several volumes of poetry (maybe doggerel is a more charitable description?), one being “Songs of a Sourdough”, which earned him over $100 000. The ultimate verse of this poem reads:
These are the simple facts of the case, and I guess I ought to know.
They say that the stranger was crazed with "hooch," and I'm not denying it's so.
I'm not so wise as the lawyer guys, but strictly between us two —
The woman that kissed him and — pinched his poke — was the lady that's known as Lou.
I will be interested to learn from TFLers if they have come across sourdough in any other writings, aside from those relating to bread, baking and the like, that makes similar, specific and rather charming literary references to hooch, sourdough, and anything else of a similar nature.