HISTORICAL NOTES: The Legacy of a Legend

Mrs. Casey sat on her bed a-sighin', Just received a message that poor Casey

was dyin', Said, "Go to bed, children, and hush

your cry'n', 'Cause you got another papa on the

Salt Lake Line."

Engineer John Luther ("Casey") Jones highballed the Illinois Central's Cannonball No. 1 out of Memphis an hour and 35 minutes late. His throttle hand urged the Cannonball south along Mississippi's Big Black River at 75 m.p.h. while Casey exulted in its power. "Sim," he shouted to his fireman, "the old lady's got her high-heeled slippers on tonight." Minutes later...

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