Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Nerve of Foley and Other Railroad Stories - Frank Hamilton Spearman

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I was actually looking for some railroad non-fiction which I read in the 1970's.  It was a collection of short accounts of railroad tragedies and tragedies averted by heroic children who flagged down trains.  That will have to wait for another day.

Today's offering by American writer Frank Hamilton Spearman is fiction, from 1900. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

The Five-Nine skimmed across the meadows without a break, and pulled up a hundred feet from the burning bridge. It was an old Howe truss, and snapped like popcorn as the flames bit into the rotten shed.

Pat Francis and his brakeman ran forward. Across the river they could see half a dozen section-men chasing wildly about throwing impotent buckets of water on the burning truss.

"We're up against it, Georgie," cried Francis. "Not if we can get across before the bridge tumbles into the river," returned Sinclair.

"You don't mean you'd try it?"

"Would I? Wouldn't I? You know the orders. That bridge is good for an hour yet. Pat, if you're game, I'll run it."

This is a collection of short stories.

The author was a banker, but clearly new his railroads.  If you are looking for something lost to time, look no further than the steam train.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature

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"OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines to-day also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American, author of the essay, Nature.  (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

This was written in 1836.  It is difficult to imagine a time when our view was through the eyes of those who went before.  We seem to be pressing ever forward.  We only look back in nostalgia for those things that brought us pleasure in the past, never for instruction.  I speak generally, but I cannot think of a time since Emerson when the present was absorbed in the past. I think this lack of interest is accelerating. Today the price of antiques is falling because they are not in fashion anymore. I tutor school children who only learn history in the classroom.  It is not learned from the media or their families.

What would Emerson have thought if he knew we were picking up his essay now to see nature as seen through his eyes?   

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