White's hits from the 1940s include "Jelly, Jelly", a song with sexually charged lyrics, composed by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine ; "The House I Live In (What Is America to Me)", a patriotic American song during World War II, written by Earl Robinson and Lewis Allan , with lyrics describing what White hoped America would become after the war and government-sanctioned segregation ended (White had the first hit record with the song, which he then taught to Frank Sinatra for his MGM film short about the song , which won an Academy Award); " Waltzing Matilda ", an Australian folk song taught to White by an Australian sailor backstage at the Cafe Society (White re-arranged the song in a waltz tempo and then donated his services to the government by recording it the next week for the government's V Disc label to boost the morale of the troops overseas; it was an immediate hit); " St. James Infirmary ", with new words and music by White; the old English folk song " Lass with the Delicate Air "; "John Henry", with new words and music by White; " Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho ", with new words and music by White; " The Riddle Song (I Gave My Love a Cherry) ", a traditional English folk song; "Evil Hearted Man", with words and music by White; "Miss Otis Regrets", by Cole Porter ; " The House of the Rising Sun ", with new words and music by White (subsequently recorded by Woody Guthrie , Lead Belly , Dave Van Ronk , Bob Dylan , and the Animals , who set it to a rock beat in 1964); and " Strange Fruit ".
In the period intervening, between finding Bridger and finding Fitzgerald, Glass and four others were dispatched in February 1824 with mail for Fort Atkinson. They traveled up the Powder River , then across to the Platte River . There they constructed skin boats and traveled down the Platte River to the lower end of the Black Hills.  Glass and his party discovered a settlement of 38 lodges of Arikara . Their leader, who was known by Glass, declared the tribe to be friendly and invited them in so the men went ashore. While smoking with him in his lodge, Glass noticed their equipment being taken by the residents and realized it was a trap.  The men quickly fled but two were killed by the pursuing war party. Glass managed to hide behind some rocks until the Arikara gave up their search, but was separated from the two other survivors. He was relieved to find his knife and flint in his shot pouch and traveled to Fort Kiowa surviving off the land.