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...