Ok, I blew it. The days got away from me, then I *thought* I published this, but turns out I actually saved it as a draft! Whoops! At least I can publish it now. After the crazy past few weeks, it feels like August and the start of September went poof!
And the disappearing month ties in great with the topic for today...runaway trains, outlaws, and train robberies.
"The highwayman of the railroad has taken the place of the old time footpad. In criminal society, he is deemed a leader, a man worthy of the respect of his fellows. His calling is the most dangerous of all illegal professions. Hounded by Sheriffs' posses and vigilance committees, he still lives-a menace to all society." ~excerpt taken from an article written by Charles Michelson in 1902 about the Trade of Train Robbery.
The gross receipts by train robbery usually averaged about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year, and, as not more than twenty thieves generally shared this booty, it's not difficult to understand why men followed it in spite of its dangers. The train robber was a lord in the kingdom of crime.
Robberies were considered the most hazardous of crimes for one reason——the getting away. In a country cobwebbed with telegraph lines and honeycombed with detective agencies, with their disheartening outposts of stool pigeons and informers, true escape was quite difficult. Sure, some outlaws might evade the local law enforcement, but word quickly spread, posters were nailed at every train station and in every town, and full escape often eluded the majority of robbers.
Now, to tie this into some of my current research, book 2 (Canvas of Memories) in my series almost opens with a train robbery that mirrors some of the above. My heroine is riding the train and engaged in a conversation with the woman opposite her when a jerk signals the shifting of the train to a different track. A few moments later, a volley of shots is heard followed by shouts before the train is eventually brought to a stop.
Now, I just have to persuade the marketing and sales team at the publisher who's interested that they need to buy it! :)
What about you? When you read westerns, what types of situations and scenarios do *you* like to see?
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