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TO THE RAILROAD MEN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O brotherhood of engineers
Last Line: Of so-called sleeping cars at 8o?
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Business; Labor & Laborers; Railroads; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Work; Workers; Railways; Trains


O BROTHERHOOD of Engineers,
O Brotherhood of Train- and Firemen,
Gaze on the suppliant salty tears
Wept by this lowliest of the lyremen.

O mighty railroad presidents,
Debating how to help the nation
By saving corporate expense—
Harken to mine interrogation:

What is there in the common law,
The statutes of exchange and barter,
From Portland to Communipaw,
What is there in the railroads' charter—

What is there—something, I am sure;
What is there—this my query weighty—
That makes you keep the temperature
Of so-called sleeping cars at 8o?





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