God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he
had some awful substance left with which he made a scab.
A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain,
a combination backbone of jelly and glue.
others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.
When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels
weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him
No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool
of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang
his body with. Judas
was a gentleman compared with a scab. For
betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A
scab has not.
Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.
Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver.
Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commision in
the british army.
The scab sells
his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen
for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.
Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict
Arnold was a traitor to his country. A scab is a
traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class.
started as a signal helper on signal gang #4,with headquarters at
Carrollton, Missouri, for the AT&SF RR on April 23, 1973. In May of
1974, I was put into the 4 step correspondence course for student
signalman on signal gang #1 headquartered at Chillicothe, Illinois as a
student one. I finished the first set of lessons in a week, was promoted
to student two, and was back to Missouri with a helper, to follow a
switch gang and a rail relay gang . On December 2, 1974, I bid in a
signalman’s position back on the signal gang #1. On August 9, 1982, I
was awarded the foreman’s position on old gang #1, which was now signal
gang #41. Signal gang #41 was the starting place for almost all new
hires on the AT&SF RR, which means I worked with a lot of different
people. Signal gang #41 was abolished on March 23, 1995, whereas I
bumped into the Chillicothe, Illinois signal maintainers position. I
have worked that position until retiring on November 2, 2013, with forty
and a half years service."
Thanks, Don, for all your hard work and memories with your fellow Signalmen. Best wishes in retirement!