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PREFATORY NOTE.

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SOME critics, in "reviewing" a former work of mine, took exception to the railway poems it contained, as being exaggerated in incident and over-drawn in treatment.  In reply to these criticisms, I beg to remark that nearly all my railway poems are founded upon facts, and not a few of them upon incidents that have taken place upon a line on which I work.  There are others founded upon accounts of railway accidents, seen in glancing over the papers in my leisure hours; while others, again, have for basis communications made to me by railway men with whom I came into contact in my daily work.  I will frankly admit, however, to having taken advantage now and then--although in a very slight degree--of the license usually allowed to verse-writers of altering details in order to create a more complete whole.

    One word more.  I send out this volume, like former ones, in the hope that it may interest my fellow-workers on the railway, and heighten to some degree their pride in the service, however humble may be their position.  I trust that its perusal may lead the engine-driver, among others, to look upon his "iron horse" as the embodiment of a force as noble as gigantic--a force which has opened up for commerce and industry a thousand paths that otherwise would have remained undiscovered: a power destined, beyond doubt, to be one of the civilisers of the world.

A. A.


KIRKCONNEL, BY SANQUHAR, N.B.
                  October 1877.

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LONDON
M'CORQUODALE & CO.
CARDINGTON STREET
N.W.

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Dedicated

TO

MY FELLOW-WORKERS

ON

THE RAILWAY

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CONTENTS

 

PAGE

TO MY READERS

9

A SONG OF LABOUR

13

BLOOD ON THE WHEEL

34

A SONG FOR MY FELLOWS

40

THE ENGINE

44

CITY AND VILLAGE

49

BEHIND TIME

56

THE FIRST FOOT

60

RID OF HIS ENGINE

65

JIM'S WHISTLE

67

MOVE UPWARD

70

SONG OF THE ENGINE

74

ON THE ENGINE BY NIGHT

79

A SONG OF PROGRESS

83

THE FIRST BREAK

88

IN THE VANGUARD

91

BILL'S LENGTH

98

THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES

100

ON THE ENGINE AGAIN

105

NOTTMAN

110

DUNCAN WEIR

114

THE BROWN GIANT

117

RAILWAY DREAMINGS

124

THE GODS AND THE WINDS

127

STOOD AT CLEAR

130

OLD WYLSE'S STONE

132

THE CUCKOO

135

THE DEAD LARK

138

JIM DALLEY

141

WHAT THE ENGINE SAYS

146

THE WIRES

151

BOB CRUIKSHANKS

155

THE VIOLET

159

FINIS

162

 



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