The Iron Horse

[American release]

1  
Accurate and faithful in
every particular of
fact and atmosphere is
this pictorial history of the
building of the first
transcontinental railroad.

2
      DEDICATION

To the ever-living memory
of Abraham Lincoln, the
Builder ---- and of those
dauntless engineers and
toilers who fulfilled his
  dream of a greater
       Nation.

3
      FOREWORD

During the Civil War
the United States was
divided not only into
North and South -- but
also into East and West,
by a seemingly impassable
barrier of prairie, desert
and mountain.

4
More than to any 
other man, the Nation
owes gratitude to
Abraham Lincoln, whose
vision and resolution
held the North and the
South while moulding
with blood and with
iron the East and 
the West.

5
Springfield, Illinois,
in the days when
a transcontinental
railroad was but a
      dream.

6
One of the 
dreamers --
Brandon, a 
surveyor --

7
-- and one of the 
skeptics -- Thomas Marsh,
  a small contractor.

8
"Having another of
your day-dreams of
rails across the
continent, Brandon?"

9
   "Yes, Tom --
dreaming of rails
that'll reclaim that
wilderness out there
clean to California -

10
"-- And with the
help of God, I'll
lend a hand to 
blaze the trail."

11
  "We was just 
surveyin' through
  to the pond."

12
"Just heard down 
to the store that
you'd made up your
mind to trail 
west."

13
"I'm going to start
in a couple of
weeks, Abe."

14
Against winter snows --
 their few belongings 
sold -- Brandon and his
boy are impelled westward
by the strong urge of 
      progress.

15
"Are you ever comin' 
back, Davy?"

16
"Poor dreamer --
he's chasing a 
rainbow!"

17
"Yes, Tom ---- and
some day men like
you will be laying
rails along that
rainbow."

18
He feels the momentum
 of a great nation
pushing westward --
he sees the inevitable.

19
And others see -- but
face it in defiance.

20
Three months later -
springtime in the
 Cheyenne Hills.

21
"Look, lad! Some
day there'll be a
railroad through that 
pass ---- it's two
hundred miles shorter
  than the Indian 
      trail."

22
"But you're a white 
        man!"

23
"You'll never tell 
that to anybody 
else!"

24
"Daddy ---- daddy
was killed ---- a
two-fingered Indian
killed him."

25
Years pass -- and dreams 
of a transcontinental 
railroad shape into reality.

26
It is June, 1862 -- and
Congress has authorized
the simultaneous building
of two railroads.

The Union Pacific is
to go west from Omaha,
Nebraska. The Central Pacific
(first unit of the Southern
Pacific) is to go east
from Sacramento, California.

27
"Surely, Mr. President,
you will not sign
the bill for this
engineering folly, now
that every cent is 
needed to carry on
the war?"

28
"We must not let 
problems of war 
blind us to greater
problems of the peace 
to come --

29
"Or we will have 
fought in vain."

30
  "Mr. President, 
don't you remember 
me -- Miriam Marsh?"

31
"And where is little 
Davy, who went west 
with his daddy?

32
 "Now, that was a 
boy well worth your 
   waiting for."

33
"Mr. President, this
is Mr. Jesson -- my
father's engineer --
and my fiancÚ.

34
"Mr. President, the 
whole nation hopes 
you will sign that 
bill."

35
"I have decided."

36
The far-seeing wisdom of 
the great rail-splitter
President is the beginning
of the Empire of the West.

37
From Sacramento, 
in 1863, the Central
Pacific has started
with a rush -- and
after fourteen months
scorn turns to wonder.

38
There is no white labor -
it is necessary to bring
in Chinese for the task.

39
Men and horses strain every
nerve, hauling locomotives and
supplies over the mountains -
thus making possible the 
construction of forty miles of
track -- while behind them
tunnels are chiseled by hand.

40
   From Omaha the 
following year come
the Union Pacific crews
-- chiefly ex-soldiers of
North and South working
peacefully side by side.
They had laid the 
first rail three months
after the assassination
of President Lincoln.

41
"Drill, ye terriers, drill --
 Drill, ye terriers, drill --

42
"Sure, it's work all day,
Without sugar in yer tay -
When ye work for the U.P.
    Ra-a-ail-way ---

43
"Drill, ye terriers, drill --

44
"Drill, ye terriers, drill,
An' work and shw-e-a-t -"

45
In dead of winter, close
behind the advancing rails,
headquarters has jumped to
      North Platte.

46
"Mornin', Serg'nt
Slattery."

47
"Likewise, Corp'ral Casey."

48
"Hurry up with yer
crawlin' shovelers --
me min are stumblin'
over thim."

49
"Is that so! Listen
-- I slowed thim
up a-purpose, so's we
wouldn't be leavin'
ye behind."

50
For their main
food supply, the
men depend on
buffalo meat.

51
A young man named Cody,
a crack shot, who supplies
buffalo meat to the workers,
is nicknamed "Buffalo Bill."

52
To the hardship of toil 
are added the rigors 
     of winter.

53
The long overdue supply
and pay train is eagerly 
        awaited.

54
"Ain't it a shame
-- thim fool Indians
tryin' to rope our
poor, weak little
injine."

55
His brother.

56
"The two months' 
payroll is on that
train -- if it's lost,
it means trouble
with the men."

57
Beyond the aid of
the rescue train.

58
Thomas Marsh, in charge of
this division, faces the most
vital single problem in Union
Pacific construction ----
a short cut through the
hills must be found.

59
"Jesson, it will be
financially impossible
to keep on unless
we find a short
cut to save the
two hundred miles 
ahead of us around
the Black Hills."

60
Deroux -- the richest
landowner in the
Cheyenne country.

61
"Marsh is in there 
now, demanding a 
shorter pass than
Smoky River."

62
"Does he know I 
own that whole Smoky 
River section?"

63
"Hear you're hunting
for a short cut
through the hills."

64
"Yes, I am sending 
Mr. Jesson out in 
a few days."

65
"All work -- no pay -
snow an' chilblains
-- buffalo meat mak'
us seek ---- Indians
shoot like hell ----
everything no good
---- we quit!"

66
"Say, boss, there's 
no gettin' on with 
these furriners --
I knocked five of
thim down ---- an'
even then they wouldn't 
work."

67
Her heart in the road,
Miriam stands with her
        father.

68
"Men, this great work
depends on you --
for the sake of
your country, I ask
you to finish it
-- make the whole
Nation proud of you!"

69
    "They don't 
understand ye, miss!
  Ye got to swear 
      at 'em!"

70
"Tony -- please --
you'll go back for
another week ---
won't you?"

71
"Anything to oblige 
a lady!"

72
"For the beautiful
signorina, Tony he
build the beeg ra'lroad
heemself -- alone!"

73
"'Twas me iligant
Irish iloquence that
 did it -- was it
       not?"

74
"Yes, it was ----

75
"-- not!"

76
In its steady pursuit
of the Union Pacific,
Judge Haller's combined
court and saloon has
earned the name of
"Hell on Wheels".

77
Ruby, the bright -- but
not too particular --
star of the "Arabian Nights"
       dance tent.

78
"This bar of likker
is now a bar of 
justice ---- sit
      down!"

79
  "They've got 
Ruby up before the 
judge again for
    shooting!"

80
"Y'ain't a Chinaman,
be yuh?"

81
"Your Honor, Deroux
requests my presence
at the hotel ----
so ta-ta."

82
"The fair defendant
is excused pro tem
-- the trial kin go
right on without
her."

83
  "The charge is
attempted murder --

84
"--- but the gent
threw whiskey in 
the face of a
lady what's known 
to tote a gun --

85
"--- which ain't
attempted murder at
all, but deliberate
suicide ---- case
dismissed."

86
"Do you know Jesson
-- Marsh's engineer?"

87
"Now you play up
to him -- give him
anything he wants
not to find a pass
through the hills."

88
 "You're a smart 
girl, Ruby ---- and
this will mean your
fare to see your
folks back East in
Kansas City."

89
That night Jesson
works late on his 
maps -- next day
he is to leave
for the Cheyenne
Hills.

90
"I'm afraid I've
sprained my ankle
--- please let me
lean on you till
I get to my
house.

91
"My friends will 
make you very rich 
if you fail to 
find a shorter pass 
than Smoky River."

92
Next day ---- as
Marsh is making a
tour of inspection -

93
"That's a pony
express rider!"

94
"Jump off yer hoss
and run!"

95
"Saints alive -- he
did jump!"

96
"Have you asked
our young friend
to ride with us
in the car to
the end of the track,
Miriam?"

97
"Miriam! Not Miriam
      Marsh?

98
"Don't you remember 
me -- Davy Brandon
-- of Springfield?"

99
"And where is your 
father, Davy?"

100
"Dad was killed on 
the trail out here."

101
"This is Mr. Jesson
-- we're engaged 
to be married."

102
"You're from the 
same part of the 
country -- I thought
you might have met
before."

103
Nearing the end of track.

104
 "Davy, our money
is running low --
unless we can find 
a shorter cut than
Smoky River, we're
beaten!"

105
"-- some day there'll 
be a railroad through 
that pass --"

106
"Yes -- dad showed
me exactly what
you're looking for
-- one night just
before --

107
"-- he was murdered
by a two-fingered
renegade, who headed
a band of Cheyennes."

108
"I know that section
-- there's no such 
pass."

109
"Will you go with 
Jesson to look for
   this pass?"

110
The end of track.

111
   "Why don't you
Eyetalians quit loafin'
 an' lay some track?"

112
"You sittin' in that 
cab! If we was
movin' a pianner,
you're the kind of 
a feller that would
grab the stool."

113
Davy starts with Jesson
    on his quest.

114
"It would be best 
if he never came 
      back."

115
"It's a lucky thing,
me boy, that ye
jumped when I told
ye!"

116
"That's another life 
I've saved!"

117
While a great herd of 
cattle starts from Texas
on an 800-mile trail to
feed the railroad workmen.

118
The straggling town of 
Cheyenne ---- soon to
become another Union Pacific
      metropolis.

119
"Boys, headquarters
  gets here in a 
    few days!"

120
        MOVING DAY IN
        NORTH PLATTE

Its reign as capital of the Union
Pacific is over -- another
night and it will be deserted --
with its inhabitants building
a new city in distant Cheyenne.

121
Hell on Wheels.

122
"Boys, this bar of
justice and likker
will still function
when we get to
Cheyenne - let 'er go!"

123
Friendly Pawnees,
enlisted by the 
Government, guard
the workers.

124
Everything but the old 
houses moves on wheels.

125
The price of the town's 
  last night of orgy.

126
"C'mon ---- the old
soak's deep enough!"

127
"I hereby pro-nounce 
you man and wife
--- by jiminy!"

128
And not even a dog 
     remains.

129
In the Black Hills --
Davy and Jesson have
come to Brandon's pass.

130
"It's perfectly safe
for you to go
down."

131
"Not for me -- thanks!"

132
A new and greater 
Cheyenne springs 
   into life.

133
"I calc'late to keep
law an' order in 
this here town, Wild
Bill Hickok, if I
have to shoot the 
hull population."

134
"I want a divorce!"

135
"Deevorce! Look here,
didn't I marry you
in North Platte not 
more'n ten hours
ago?

136
"Now separate!"

137
The three musketeers --
  Sergeant Slattery,
  Corporal Casey,
  Private Schultz.

138
"Go on -- be a man
and a soldier!"

139
"I -- think -- I'd 
-- rather -- be --
shaved --"

140
"Shure I niver 
dreamed the roots 
 could go that 
     deep."

141
"Welcome back, Jesson!
General Dodge, our
engineer-in-chief,
is eager for your 
report."

142
"Sorry, sir -- but
there's no pass other
than Smoky River."

143
"But young Brandon
was so positive --
where is he?"

144
"I deeply regret to 
say he fell into
a ravine and was 
killed."

145
  "Too bad about
young Brandon. You
must be glad, though,
that it happened to 
him instead of to
me, aren't you?"

146
While the great cattle
herds rumble along
the trail from Kansas.

147
The road of his father's 
dreams -- his road --
for he, too, is helping to 
      build it.

148
But the rails curve 
southward toward Smoky
River -- has Jesson failed
to report the discovery
of the shorter pass?

149
"Casey, why are they 
laying track toward
Smoky River?"

150
"There's gonna be 
a foight!"

151
"They're laying track 
south -- why?"

152
"Mr. Jesson reported
that no other pass 
was practical."

153
  "If you made 
such a report, you 
deliberately lied."

154
 "You've made a 
sweet mess of it.
After Marsh hears
what you've done, this
place'll be too hot 
for you --

155
 "So you'd better
finish young Brandon
the next chance you
get ---- or he'll
   finish you."

156
"Mr. Marsh, my field 
notes will show you
there is a shorter 
pass ---- and it's
practical."

157
"By George! My old
orderly, Sergeant
Slattery!"

158
"Gin'ral, don't you
remimber Corp'ral Casey
---- who stole that
chicken fer yer
dinner?"

159
Like a flash of gunpowder,
rumors of a battle
between Davy and Jesson
spread through the town.

160
"Deroux's roundin' up
his gang here --
looks like they don't
mean to give that
game lad a chance
for his life."

161
"I sent for you, 
Davy, because I heard
there was to be
a fight -- promise
me you won't have
any trouble with
Mr. Jesson."

162
"He has a right 
to his chance."

163
"But what about me?"

164
"I'm sorry, Miriam
-- I forgot you
are engaged to 
Jesson."

165
"Can't you understand?
  It's not Jesson I 
        love!"

166
"All right, dear --
I promise -- I give
you my word I
won't fight Jesson."

167
"Damn your cowardly 
soul -- blaze away 
at him!"

168
"Mr. Jesson, I'm
sorry I lost my 
temper today --

169
"We're both working
for the success of 
the road ---- so
let's forget everything
else --

170
"-- and shake hands."

171
"This here's a law 
an' order town --
an' this fight's
goin' to be conducted
legal!"

172
"What is it ---- a
      fight?"

173
  "Quick -- quick
-- Brandon's killing
Jesson -- you're the 
only one who can
stop him!"

174
"I couldn't help it, 
Miriam -- I'm sorry --"

175
"David -- you promised!"

176
"You promised me -
and you've broken 
-- your -- word."

177
Personal bitterness is
      put aside.

Davy is made gang 
boss ---- and the 
road advances along
the shorter route.

178
"Drill, ye terriers, drill -
 Drill, ye terriers, drill -

179
"Sure, it's work all day,
Without sugar in yer tay -
When ye work for the U.P.
    Ra-a-ail-way.

180
"Drill, ye paddies, drill,
An' work an' shw-e-at -"

181
"With those foreign
laborers making trouble,
we Americans must 
stick together."

182
A spectre from the 
 past visits the
great Cheyenne chief.

183
"Does my red brother 
remember me?"

184
Deroux tries desperately
to halt work through
the new pass by
inciting the hostile
Cheyennes to war.

185
"My brother, before
many suns we shall
stop the iron horse
forever ----"

186
Meanwhile the cattle
herd nears the end of
its long journey --
with Cheyenne only a
  few miles away.

187
   "My God, Pat!
They've got Schultz!"

188
"Pat, can you fire 
an engine?"

189
"I kin do anything!"

190
"Telegraph Major North
to rush his Pawnee
scouts to the end
o' track!"

191
"Indians at the end
o' track!"

192
"Come on, boys - save
your fellow-workmen
---- there's a gun
here for every one
of you!"

193
"Let 'em send soldiers!"

194
"You promise us the
beef ---- we no get."

195
"Yer Saint Columbus
found this country
---- but it's our
Saint Patrick who has
to make it go!"

196
"Here they come!"

197
"Here they are, boss
---- ten thousand
head of 'em."

198
"Enough good beef 
to feed you all 
for a year!"

199
  "If the damned 
shirkers won't get
aboard, we'll stampede
the herd ---- and
drive 'em on the 
train!"

200
"You wanted beef, 
did ye? Well, now,
ye'll get hell!"

201
"That's a sharpshooter
close in!"

202
"Deroux!"

203
Like a sweeping 
wind, the Pawnee
scouts rush to the 
rescue.

204
"TWO-FINGERS!"

205
"Don't be grievin'
so, me lad ----
the young lady will
be forgivin' ye one
of these days."

206
"Pat, I'm going away
---- the Central 
Pacific needs men,
and I think I'll
trail west."

207
"Shure an' ye'll
have to take me 
along ---- ye'll be
 worth nawthing
  without me."

208
And the next day the 
stage for California is
ready to start.

209
"Me an' Davy are
leavin' for California
to take charge of 
the C.P."

210
"Was Dave Brandon
on that coach?"

211
In distant California the
Central Pacific track-layers
make the mountains 
resound with their song:

"Drill, ye Chinymen, drill,
 Drill, ye haythens, drill -"

212
"Shure it's work all day,
Without sugar in yer tay,
When ye work for the 
Cay Pay Ra-a-ail-way.

213
"Drill, ye haythens, drill,
 An' work an' shw-e-at."

214
After another year --
over conquered prairie
and through riven
mountain -- the great
roads draw together.

215
   THE TRACK-LAYING RACE!

The U.P. leads off by building
   four miles in one day.

The C.P. comes back with six.

Then the U.P. does eight.

216
At Promontory Point -- the
final hour when, in seven
years less time than Congress
allowed, the rails are to meet -
1086 miles west of Omaha,
690 miles east of Sacramento.

217
    A WORLD'S RECORD.
The Central Pacific finishes
  the race by laying ten 
miles between daylight and
           dark.

218
In the heart of one
 man there is no 
     rivalry.

219
- to him the tracks
will meet and the
roads will be one
- the transcontinental 
railroad.

220
"Davy!"

221
"Dinny!"

222
 "Wurra, what a
happy man Serg'nt
Slattery would be
to see this great
day!"

223
"Me, I Irish now,
too -- I marry
Nora Hogan!"

224
He stands alone
that night and sees
the consummation of
his father's dream.

225
With his own hands he has
driven the last spike --
the buckle in the girdle 
      of America.

226
The wedding of the rails
-- celebrated with joyous
exultation in the uniting
of East and West.

The afternoon of May 10, 1869.

    Note: The locomotives
      shown in the scene
      are the original
      Jupiter and #119.

227
Leland Stanford, President of
the Central Pacific, greets
Thomas C. Durant, Vice-President
   of the Union Pacific.

228
"You belong on this 
side, Davy."

229
"When they drive the 
golden spike we'll 
belong to both sides
-- and each other."

230
California sends a golden
spike to President Stanford.

231
As hammer falls on golden 
spike, the wire carries the
sound to every telegraph office
in the United States ----

232
-- and at Washington,
President U.S. Grant receives
the telegraphic message:
-- D -- O -- N -- E --

233
"His Truth is
marching on."

The End

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The Iron Horse

[International release] 1 DEDICATION To the honour and memory of GEIRGE STEPHENSON, the Scottish engineer, and to the men of every nationality who have followed in his footsteps since England led the way by opening the first railway in 1825. 2 Accurate and faithful in every particular of fact and atmosphere is this pictorial history of the building of the first American transcontinental railroad. 3 Springfield, Illinois, in the days when a transcontinental railroad was but a dream. 4 One of the dreamers -- Brandon, a surveyor -- 5 -- and one of the skeptics -- Thomas Marsh, a small contractor. 6 "Having another of your day-dreams of rails across the continent, Brandon?" 7 "Yes, Tom -- dreaming of rails that'll reclaim that wilderness out there clean to California - 8 "-- And with the help of God, I'll lend a hand to blaze the trail." 9 "We was just surveyin' through to the pond." 10 "Just heard down to the store that you'd made up your mind to trail west." 11 "I'm going to start in a couple of weeks, Abe." 12 Against winter snows -- their few belongings sold -- Brandon and his boy are impelled westward by the strong urge of progress. 13 "Are you ever comin' back, Davy?" 14 "Poor dreamer -- he's chasing a rainbow!" 15 "Yes, Tom ---- and some day men like you will be laying rails along that rainbow." 16 He feels the momentum of a great nation pushing westward -- he sees the inevitable. 17 And others see -- but face it in defiance. 18 Three months later - springtime in the Cheyenne Hills. 19 "Look, lad! Some day there'll be a railroad through that pass ---- it's two hundred miles shorter than the Indian trail." 20 "But you're a white man!" 21 "You'll never tell that to anybody else!" 22 "Daddy ---- daddy was killed ---- a two-fingered Indian killed him." 23 Years pass -- and dreams of a transcontinental railroad shape into reality. 24 --------- For in 1862 Congress authorises the simultaneous building of two railways. The Union Pacific to go West and the Central Pacific to go East, thus linking the American Continent from sea to sea. 25 "Surely, Mr. President, you will not sign the bill for this engineering folly, now that every cent is needed to carry on the war?" 26 "We must not let problems of war blind us to greater problems of the peace to come -- 27 "Or we will have fought in vain." 28 "Mr. President, don't you remember me -- Miriam Marsh?" 29 "And where is little Davy, who went west with his daddy? 30 "Now, that was a boy well worth your waiting for." 31 "Mr. President, this is Mr. Jesson -- my father's engineer -- and my fiancÚ. 32 "Mr. President, the whole nation hopes you will sign that bill." 33 "I have decided." 34 Men and horses strain every nerve, hauling locomotives and supplies over the mountains - thus making possible the construction of forty miles of track -- while behind them tunnels are chiseled by hand. 35 There is no white labor. It is necessary to bring in Chinese for the task. 36 In 1865 Lincoln was assassinated, but his work went on. Later in the year come the Union Pacific crews -- chiefly ex-soldiers of the North and South working peacefully side by side. 37 "Drill, ye terriers, drill -- Drill, ye terriers, drill -- 38 "Sure, it's work all day, Without sugar in yer tay - When ye work for the U.P. Ra-a-ail-way --- 39 "Drill, ye terriers, drill -- 40 "Drill, ye terriers, drill, An' work and shw-e-a-t -" 41 In dead of winter, close behind the advancing rails, headquarters has jumped to North Platte. 42 "Mornin', Serg'nt Slattery." 43 "Likewise, Corp'ral Casey." 44 "Hurry up with yer crawlin' shovelers -- me min are stumblin' over thim." 45 "Is that so! Listen -- I slowed thim up a-purpose, so's we wouldn't be leavin' ye behind." 46 For their main food supply the men depend on buffalo meat. 47 A young man named Cody, a crack shot, who supplies buffalo meat to the workers, is nicknamed "Buffalo Bill." 48 To the hardships of toil are added the rigours of winter. 49 The long overdue supply and pay train is eagerly awaited. 50 "Ain't it a shame -- thim fool Indians tryin' to rope our poor, weak little injine." 51 His brother. 52 "The two months' wages are on that train -- if it's lost, it means trouble with the men." 53 Beyond the aid of the rescue train. 54 Thomas Marsh, in charge of this division, faces the most vital single problem in Union Pacific construction ---- a short cut through the hills must be found. 55 "Jesson, it will be financially impossible to keep on unless we find a short cut to save the two hundred miles ahead of us around the Black Hills." 56 Bauman -- the richest landowner in the Cheyenne country. 57 "Marsh is in there now, saying he must have a shorter pass than Smoky River." 58 "Does he know I own that whole Smoky River section?" 59 "Hear you're hunting for a short cut through the hills." 60 "Yes, I am sending Mr. Jesson out in a few days." 61 "All work -- no pay - snow an' chilblains -- buffalo meat mak' us seek ---- Indians shoot like hell ---- everything no good ---- we quit!" 62 "Say, boss, there's no gettin' on with these furriners -- I knocked five of thim down ---- an' even then they wouldn't work." 63 Her heart in the project, Miriam stands with her father. 64 "Men, this great work depends on you ---- for the sake of your country, I ask you to finish it -- " 65 "They don't understand ye, miss! Ye got to swear at 'em!" 66 "Tony -- please -- you'll go back for another week --- won't you?" 67 "Anything to oblige a lady!" 68 "For the beautiful signorina, Tony he build the beeg ra'lroad heemself -- alone!" 69 "'Twas me iligant Irish iloquence that did it -- was it not?" 70 "Yes, it was ---- 71 "-- not!" 72 In its steady pursuit of the Union Pacific, Judge Haller's combined court and saloon has earned the name of "Hell on Wheels". 73 Ruby, the bright -- but not too particular -- star of the "Arabian Nights" dance tent. 74 "This bar of likker is now a bar of justice ---- sit down!" 75 "They've got Ruby up before the judge again for shooting!" 76 "Y'ain't a Chinaman, be yuh?" 77 "Your Honour, Bauman requests my presence at the hotel ---- so ta-ta." 78 "The fair defendant is excused pro tem -- the trial kin go right on without her." 79 "The charge is attempted murder -- 80 "--- but the gent threw whiskey in the face of a lady what's known to carry a gun -- 81 "--- which ain't attempted murder at all, but deliberate suicide ---- case dismissed." 82 "Do you know Jesson -- Marsh's engineer?" 83 "Now you lead him on -- give him anything he wants not to find a pass through the hills." 84 "You're a smart girl, Ruby ---- and this will mean your fare home to see your folks." 85 That night Jesson works late on his maps -- next day he is to leave for the Cheyenne Hills. 86 "I'm afraid I've sprained my ankle --- please let me lean on you till I get to my house. 87 "My friends will make you very rich if you fail to find a shorter pass than Smoky River." 88 Next day ---- as Marsh is making a tour of inspection - 89 "That's a pony express rider!" 90 "Jump off yer hoss and run!" 91 "Saints alive -- he did jump!" 92 "Have you asked our young friend to ride with us in the car to the end of the track, Miriam?" 93 "Miriam! Not Miriam Marsh? 94 "Don't you remember me -- Davy Brandon -- of Springfield?" 95 "And where is your father, Davy?" 96 "Dad was killed on the trail out here." 97 "This is Mr. Jesson -- we're engaged to be married." 98 "You're from the same part of the country -- I thought you might have met before." 99 Nearing the end of track. 100 "Davy, our money is running low -- unless we can find a shorter cut than Smoky River, we're beaten!" 101 "-- some day there'll be a railroad through that pass --" 102 "-- dad showed me exactly what you're looking for -- one night just before -- 103 "-- he was murdered by a two-fingered renegade, who headed a band of Cheyennes." 104 "I know that section -- there's no such pass." 105 "Will you go with Jesson to look for this pass?" 106 The end of track. 107 "Why don't you Eyetalians quit loafin' an' lay some track?" 108 "You sittin' in that cab! If we was movin' a pianner, you're the kind of a feller that would grab the stool." 109 Davy starts with Jesson on his quest. 110 "It would be best if he never came back." 111 "It's a lucky thing, me boy, that ye jumped when I told ye!" 112 "That's another life I've saved!" 113 While a great herd of cattle starts from Texas on an 800-mile trail to feed the railroad workmen. 114 The straggling town of Cheyenne ---- soon to become the next Union Pacific headquarters. 115 "Boys, headquarters gets here in a few days!" 116 MOVING DAY IN NORTH PLATTE Its reign as capital of the Union Pacific is over -- another night and it will be deserted -- with its inhabitants building a new city in distant Cheyenne. 117 Hell on Wheels. 118 "Boys, this bar of justice and likker will still function when we get to Cheyenne - let 'er go!" 119 Friendly Pawnee Indians are employed to guard the workers. 120 Everything but the old houses moves on wheels. 121 The price of the town's last night of orgy. 122 "C'mon ---- the old soak's deep enough!" 123 "I hereby pro-nounce you man and wife --- by heck!" 124 And not even a dog remains. 125 In the Black Hills -- Davy and Jesson have come to Brandon's pass. 126 "It's perfectly safe for you to go down." 127 "Not for me -- thanks!" 128 A new and greater Cheyenne springs into life. 129 "I calc'late to keep law an' order in this here town, Wild Bill Hickok, if I have to shoot the hull population." 130 "I want a deevorce!" 131 "Deevorce! Look here, didn't I marry you in North Platte not more'n ten hours ago? 132 "Now separate!" 133 The three musketeers -- Sergeant Slattery, Corporal Casey, Private Mackay. 134 "Go on -- be a man and a soldier!" 135 "I -- think -- I'd -- rather -- be -- shaved --" 136 "Shure I niver dreamed the roots could go that deep." 137 "Welcome back, Jesson! General Dodge, our engineer-in-chief, is eager for your report." 138 "Sorry, sir -- but there's no pass other than Smoky River." 139 "But young Brandon was so positive -- where is he?" 140 "I deeply regret to say he fell into a ravine and was killed." 141 "Too bad about young Brandon. You must be glad, though, that it happened to him instead of to me, aren't you?" 142 While the great cattle herds rumble along the trail from Kansas. 143 The road of his father's dreams -- his road -- for he, too, is helping to build it. 144 But the rails curve southward toward Smoky River -- has Jesson failed to report the discovery of the shorter pass? 145 "Casey, why are they laying track toward Smoky River?" 146 "There's gonna be a foight!" 147 "They're laying track south -- why?" 148 "Mr. Jesson reported that no other pass was practical." 149 "If you made such a report, you deliberately lied." 150 "You've made a fine mess of it. After Marsh hears what you've done, this place'll be too hot for you --" 151 "So you'd better finish young Brandon the next chance you get ---- or he'll finish you." 152 "Mr. Marsh, my field notes will show you there is a shorter pass ---- and it's practical." 153 "By George! My old orderly, Sergeant Slattery!" 154 "Gin'ral, don't you remimber Corp'ral Casey ---- who stole that chicken fer yer dinner?" 155 Like a flash of gunpowder, rumours of a battle between Davy and Jesson spread through the town. 156 "Bauman's roundin' up his gang here -- looks like they don't mean to give that game kid a chance for his life." 157 "I sent for you, Davy, because I heard there was to be a fight -- promise me you won't have any trouble with Mr. Jesson." 158 "He has a right to his chance --" 159 "But what about me?" 160 "I'm sorry, Miriam -- I forgot you are engaged to Jesson." 161 "Can't you understand? It's not Jesson I love!" 162 "All right, dear -- I promise -- I give you my word I won't fight Jesson." 163 "You coward -- blaze away at him!" 164 "Mr. Jesson, I'm sorry I lost my temper today -- 165 "We're both working for the success of the road ---- so let's forget everything else -- 166 "-- and shake hands." 167 "This here's a law an' order town -- an' this fight's goin' to be conducted legal!" 168 "What is it ---- a fight?" 169 "Quick -- quick -- Brandon's killing Jesson -- you're the only one who can stop him!" 170 "Listen, Miriam! I didn't come here to quarrel with him --" 171 "The you came to drink -- and gamble -- and ----- and dance --" 172 "You came straight from me to this -- this vile den! You're as untrustworthy as he is!" 173 "Drill, ye terriers, drill - Drill, ye terriers, drill - 174 "Sure, it's work all day, Without sugar in yer tay - When ye work for the U.P. Ra-a-ail-way. 175 "Drill, ye paddies, drill, An' work an' shw-e-at -" 176 "With those foreign labourers making trouble, we must stick together!" 177 A spectre from the past visits the great Cheyenne chief. 178 "Does my red brother remember me?" 179 Bauman tries desperately to halt work through the new pass by inciting the hostile Cheyennes to war. 180 "My brother, before many suns we shall stop the iron horse forever ----" 181 Meanwhile the cattle herd nears the end of its long journey -- with Cheyenne only a few miles away. 182 "Pat! They've got Mackay!" 183 "Pat, can you stoke an engine?" 184 "I kin do anything!" 185 "Telegraph Major North to rush his Pawnee scouts to the end o' track!" 186 "Indians at the end o' track!" 187 "Come on, boys - save your fellow-workmen ---- there's a gun here for every one of you!" 188 "Let 'em send soldiers!" 189 "You promise us the beef ---- we no get." 190 "Yer come quietly -- or ye'll never live to be killed by the Redskins, begorra!" 191 "Here they come!" 192 "Here they are, boss ---- ten thousand head of 'em." 193 "Enough good beef to feed you all for a year!" 194 "If the shirkers won't get aboard, we'll stampede the herd -- and frighten them on to the train!" 195 "You wanted beef, did ye? Well, now, ye'll get it, horns an' all!" 196 "That's a sharpshooter close in!" 197 "Bauman!" 198 Like a sweeping wind the Pawnee scouts rush to the rescue. 199 "TWO-FINGERS!" 200 "Put your pride in your pocket, me lad! Tell the sweet, young lady the truth." 201 "No, Pat! As she can't trust me -- I'm off to the Central Pacific which needs men." 202 "Shure an' ye'll have to take me along ---- ye'll be worth nawthing without me." 203 The next day the stage for the West is ready to start. 204 "Me an' Davy are leavin' for the West to take charge of the Central Pacific." 205 "Was Dave Brandon on that coach?" 206 "Shure it's work all day, Without sugar in yer tay, When ye work for the Cay Pay Ra-a-ail-way. 207 "Drill, ye haythens, drill, An' work and shw-e-at." 208 After another year -- over conquered prairie and through riven mountain -- the great roads draw together. 209 The track-laying race! The U.P. leads off by building four miles in one day. The C.P. scores with six. Then the U.P. does eight. 210 At Promontory Point --- by superhuman effort and undaunted courage, the rails will meet seven years sooner than expected. 211 In the heart of one man there is no rivalry. 212 -- to him the tracks will meet and roads will be one --- a shining path from sea to sea. 213 "Davy!" 214 "Dinny!" 215 "Wurra, what a happy man Serg'nt Slattery would be to see this great day!" 216 "Me, I Irish now, too -- I marry Nora Hogan!" 217 He stands alone that night and sees the consummation of his father's dream. 218 With his own hands he has driven the last spike -- the buckle in the girdle of a continent. 219 The wedding of the rails -- celebrated with joyous exultation in the uniting of East and West. The afternoon of May 10, 1869. Note: The locomotives shown in the scene are the original Jupiter and #116. 220 "You belong on this side, Davy." 221 "When they drive the golden spike we'll belong to both sides -- and each other." 222 California has sent a golden spike to mark the completion of the great enterprise. 223 As hammer falls on golden spike, the wire carries to every telegraph office the message D-O-N-E! 224 "His Truth is marching on." The End
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