Come all you rounders if you want to hear
The story about a brave engineer.
Casey Jones was the rounder's name;
On a six-eight wheeler, boys, he won his fame.
Night after night in the Chi Psi fraternity house at Middlebury College, Vermont, a lank, black-haired youth used to sit at the piano, pounding out the lusty lament about the brave engineer's "farewell trip to the Promised Land." Since the piano-thumper's name was Jones, he was nicknamed "Casey." His first initials, C. S. for Charles Sherman, perpetuated the nickname from those...