Friday, September 14, 2018

"It Was About As Ugly a Fix As a Chap Could Be In"

"In the Rockhurst Tunnel: The Ganger's Story."
By Victor L. Whitechurch (1868-1933).
Illustrations by S. H. Vedder.
First appearance: The Harmsworth (London) Magazine, June 1901.
Short short story (6 pages, 4 illos).
Online at Hathi Trust (HERE).
(Note: Some text slightly faded near illos.)

     ". . . we'll give you a chance of seeing one of the biggest railway accidents known, and of telling your friends about it—if you're lucky enough to escape yourself, which I doubt."

Some men are willing to give their lives for their country, but how many would sacrifice their teeth?

- FictionMags has an extensive listing of The Reverend Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch's short fiction.
- A movie with a similar theme of a plan to assassinate a V.I.P. (Very Important Politician) on a train is Suddenly (1954) (HERE).
- Whitechurch's railway stories are his chief claim to fame, but he didn't confine himself to them; see previous ONTOS postings (HERE), (HERE), (HERE), and (HERE).

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