“Jim Blake”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (_Railroad Man's Magazine_, according to Cohen)
Keywords: train wreck disaster death husband wife
Found in: US


"'Jim Blake, your wife is dying,' came over the wires tonight." Railroad engineer Blake wires back that he is coming. But his train is wrecked, "derailed by an open switch." Blake's last message to his wife says they'll meet in heaven



  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 332-337, "Jim Blake's Message" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 139-140, "Jim Blake" (1 text)
  3. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 479, "Jim Blake" (source notes only)
  4. Roud #3531
  5. BI, GC479b