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The Last Spike And Other Railroad Stories   By: (1855-1914)

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The Last Spike And Other Railroad Stories by Cy Warman is a captivating collection of tales that transport readers to the early days of the American railroad industry. Spanning a range of emotions and settings, this anthology is a true delight for both lovers of history and fans of riveting storytelling.

One cannot help but admire Warman's ability to capture the spirit of the time, as he seamlessly weaves together elements of suspense, romance, and adventure. Each story is a testament to the immense challenges faced by those who worked tirelessly to connect the nation by rail. From perilous journeys through treacherous landscapes to the triumph of building the transcontinental railroad, the narratives serve as a window into a pivotal era in American history.

One standout tale, "The Last Spike," explores the sheer determination and ingenuity required to complete the monumental task of laying the final piece of track. Warman's vivid descriptions paint a vivid picture of the arduous conditions faced by the workers, and the anticipation leading up to the momentous event is palpable. The reader is left feeling a profound sense of awe and appreciation for the individuals who brought about such an incredible feat.

The collection is not solely focused on the technical aspects of the railroad industry; it also delves into the human stories intertwined with this progressive period. Warman deftly brings his characters to life, imbuing them with personal histories and dreams. Whether it is the heartwarming tale of a young couple finding love amidst the chaos of construction or the heart-wrenching story of a worker's tragic demise, the author's ability to evoke emotions truly shines.

Warman's writing style is both engaging and accessible, making this anthology a suitable read for a wide range of audiences. The stories are carefully paced, with just the right amount of suspense and resolution. Moreover, the author's attention to detail and historical accuracy transport readers back in time, enabling them to fully immerse themselves in the narrative.

Overall, The Last Spike And Other Railroad Stories is a captivating collection that does justice to the pivotal role the railroad played in shaping America. Cy Warman's impeccable storytelling and thorough research make for an enthralling read that both educates and entertains. This anthology is a must-read for anyone with an interest in history and a love for well-crafted tales that endure the test of time.

First Page:

THE

LAST SPIKE

AND OTHER

RAILROAD STORIES

BY

CY WARMAN

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1906

Copyright, 1906 , BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Published February, 1906

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

PAGE

THE LAST SPIKE 1

THE BELLE OF ATHABASCA 31

PATHFINDING IN THE NORTHWEST 49

THE CURÉ'S CHRISTMAS GIFT 61

THE MYSTERIOUS SIGNAL 85

CHASING THE WHITE MAIL 107

OPPRESSING THE OPPRESSOR 119

THE IRON HORSE AND THE TROLLEY 135

IN THE BLACK CAÑON 151

JACK RAMSEY'S REASON 165

THE GREAT WRECK ON THE PÈRE MARQUETTE 181

THE STORY OF AN ENGLISHMAN 193

ON THE LIMITED 211

THE CONQUEST OF ALASKA 219

NUMBER THREE 237

THE STUFF THAT STANDS 253

THE MILWAUKEE RUN 273

THE LAST SPIKE

"Then there is nothing against him but his poverty?"

"And general appearance."

"He's the handsomest man in America."

"Yes, that is against him, and the fact that he is always in America... Continue reading book >>




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