Today's Twitter scare called to mind a poem by Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) called "It can't be – Twitter!," a poem about a similar scare in the late-1800s when the world thought they had lost Hattie White, Betty White's great-great-grandmother.
In the 1800s, Hattie White worked with Emmett Lee Dickinson's uncle Hobart Dickinson. Hobart Dickinson was known around the world as Gurgles the Clown, and he also worked with Hattie White as part of a professional uni-cycling team. The two once won the pairs competition in the Uni-Tour de France, the annual unicycle race held in France.
Pictured below on the left: Hattie White and Hobart "Gurgles the Clown" Dickinson shortly after winning the pairs competition of the Uni-Tour de France. Pictured below on the right: Hattie White, great-great-grandmother of Betty White.
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
It can't be – Twitter!
That – she’s through!
It's early – yet – for “Her"!
There's more long life of White’s – to ride –
Before the Hashtags trend!
She can't be "Dying"!
It's too Soon –
Yes! Life goes on for White –
For checking shuts my question down
’Tis just another Birthday!
By Emily Dickinson:
It can't be "Summer"!
That – got through!
It's early – yet – for "Spring"!
There's that long town of White – to cross –
Before the Blackbirds sing!
It can't be "Dying"!
It's too Rouge –
The Dead shall go in White –
So Sunset shuts my question down
With Cuffs of Chrysolite!
One month before her 109th birthday, Hattie Miller attempted to win the Race Across America, the most famous coast-to-coast non-stop, single-stage race for uni-cyclists, for the third straight year. Alas, Hattie veered too close to the north rim of the Grand Canyon for a fan to take a photograph, and she went over the edge.
Pictured below on the left: Hattie White before she slid off the rim of the Grand Canyon. Pictured below on the right: "Tragedy Remembered," a sign marks the location where Hattie White met her tragic end.