“Casey Jones (IV) (Casey Jones the Union Scab)”

Author: Words: Joe Hill
Earliest date: c. 1911
Keywords: strike violence train homicide death railroading labor-movement Hell scab worker Devil derivative

Description

Casey Jones keeps working when the rest of the workers strike. (Someone puts railroad ties across the track, and) Casey is killed. St. Peter hires him, but "Angels' Union # 23" sends him to Hell, where the Devil puts him to shoveling sulfur

Long description

Casey Jones, an engineer on the Southern Pacific, keeps working when the rest of the workers go on strike. (Someone puts railroad ties across the track, and) Casey's engine derails, killing him. In heaven, St. Peter hires him to scab on the musicians, but "Angels' Union # 23" sends him to Hell, where the Devil puts him to shoveling sulfur -- "That's what you get for scabbing on the S. P. line"

Notes

For the life of Joe Hill, see "Joe Hill." - RBW

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References

  1. Greenway-AFP, p. 186, "Casey Jones, The Union Scab" (1 text)
  2. Darling-NAS, pp. 376-377, "Casey Jones, the Union Scab" (1 text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 102, "Casey Jones (Union)" (1 text)
  4. DT, UNCASJON*
  5. BI, FSWB102