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The Nerve of Foley

and Other Railroad Stories

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Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 39,306 / 118 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 779
Added to site: 2010.10.04
mnybks.net#: 29174
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Nerve of Foley -- Second Seventy-Seven -- The Kid Engineer -- The Sky-Scraper -- Soda-Water Sal -- The Mcwilliams Special -- The Million-Dollar Freight-Train -- Bucks -- Sankey's Double Header -- Siclone Clark

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ance."

He laughed.

"You're safe with me. I never killed man, woman, or child in my life. When I do, I quit the cab. Give her plenty of diamonds, if you please," he added, letting her out full.

He gave me the ride of my life; but I hated to show scare, he was so coolly audacious himself. We had but one stop--for water--and after that all down grade. We bowled along as easy as ninepins, but the pace was a hair-raiser. After we passed Arickaree we never touched a thing but the high joints. The long, heavy train behind us flew round the bluffs once in a while like the tail of a very capricious kite; yet somehow--and that's an engineer's magic--she always lit on the steel.

Day broke ahead, and between breaths I caught the glory of a sunrise on the plains from a locomotive-cab window. When the smoke of the McCloud shops stained the horizon, remembering the ugly threats of the strikers, I left my seat to speak to Foley.

"I think you'd better swing off when you slow up for the yards

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2010.10.13
CO'Neil
*****

One of Spearman's which is to say, one of Railroad fiction's best.


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