THE ANCIENT MYTH OF
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Casey Jones – American Folktale
Many of us probably still remembering singing the
Ballad of Casey Jones in elementary school, however, not too many us know the
folktale that brought this song to light.
Casey Jones was the heroic railroad engineer of the
Cannonball. He was known to have the train arrive on time. Nothing would stop
Casey Jones from his schedule. He would slowly blow the whistle as the train
would start and then increase the sound until it was so loud that is sounded as
if a banshee was coming up the tracks just before dying off completely. Everyone
knew when they heard this whistle that Casey was coming up the track.
Casey brought his Cannonball into Memphis exactly
on time on April 29, 1900. However, as he was leaving the station for the day,
he learned that another engineer had become ill and could not make his run for
the day. Casey volunteered for the run. As he pulled out of the station at 11
pm, the train was behind its schedule a full hour and thirty-five minutes. Casey
however, was resolute on meeting the destination on time, so he highballed it
out of Memphis. Highball is a term used by the railroad, which just means to go
very fast and leave the risks behind to make up for lost time.
When Casey had made up most of the lost time around
4 am, he was close by Vaughin, Mississippi. He rounded a corner and then noticed
a stalled freight train on the track. He was still at top speed and ordered his
fireman to jump from the train. Casey with one hand on the brake and the other
on the whistle chord hit the stalled train and died.
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