Punch,  51 (1866), 221.

A Word on Railway Sleepers

A Dutchman


Letter, Spoof


Railways, Transport, Accidents, Crime, Disease, Human Development

    Discusses an assertion recently published in The Times that railway accidents are often due to engine-drivers being 'compelled to work thirty-six hours uninterruptedly', and thus often falling asleep while driving their engines. The Times's correspondent blamed 'Railway Directors' for exacting 'more than is reasonable' from their employees. The author asserts that if he were summoned to decide on the cause of a tragic railway accident, he would not agree with the verdict so often reached by 'Coroner's juries' but would 'insist on giving a verdict of manslaughter, not to say wilful murder against those Directors'.

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