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CRY OF THE GOSHAWK

(gos´hawk)

A Casey Jones Adventure

Copyright © 2006 Roy Bush

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My thanks to Ann Saling, for her encouragement through the Pacific Northwest Writers Association,

and to Inga Wiehl for her patient editorial assistance.

To Dorothy, my wife and inspiration.

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MY TRAIN WRECK

I I’ll always remember the summer of 1920. My dad died, and I still re-live the dark days when my mom and I struggled to get our lives back on track. I couldn’t help to support us. . . no job anywhere for a boy of sixteen that would pay enough. So now I’m on my way out west to live with my aunt. In a few hours, this train will roll into Seattle.

At first, thoughts of Mom and my friends back in Brooklyn crowded out everything else. But when I changed trains in Chicago, I sat next to this nice-looking guy. I watched him put his tan, tattered suitcase under the seat. I thought talking to him might get my mind off myself.

“Hi, I’m Casey Jones,” I began.

“Hello, I’m Benny from the Bronx.” He smiled and added, “Any relation to the famous railroader?”

Because I have the same name as an Illinois Central engineer who died trying to avoid a train wreck, I always get this question.

“No, Jones is a common name.”

Benny continued eagerly, “I’m goin’ to Seattle . . . gotta job on a fishing boat . . . might even make it up to Alaska.”

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