With Rhymes of the Rail
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There is true power in Cy Warman’s “Tales of an Engineer,” and the reader yields willingly to the attraction of its blended novelty, spirit, and occasional pathos. It does not lack humor, and every page is worth reading.
A new departure in literature should be interesting even if lacking in the brilliant off-hand sketchiness of these pages. One steps into a new life. There is not a dull page in this book, and much of it is of more than ordinary interest.
There is a rugged directness about the description of rushing runs on the rail, through which one can hear the thump-thump of the machinery as the engine dashes over the rails, and which seems to be illumined by the glow of the headlights and the colored signals.
And Other Tales of the Rail
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The author’s work is familiarly and pleasantly known to magazine readers for the realistic details of Western railroad life, which give them a dashing, vital movement, though they are often highly romantic. The romantic in them, however, seems very human—indeed, there is a ring of true feeling in these little tales.
Mr. Warman’s work has about it the merit of a genuine realism, and it is as full of romance and adventure as the most exacting reader could desire. It is a volume of sketches that is well worth reading, not only because they are well written and full of action, but for the pictures they give of a life that the world really knows very little about.
The poet appears in the descriptive passages, and there is a melodious rhythm to his prose style that is pleasurable in a high degree. Mr. Warman has a field of his own, and he is master of it.
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REVIEW OF REVIEWS
Nobody knows his frontier life better than Mr. Warman, and his yarns of Indians, striking miners, cowboys, half-breeds, and railroad men, are full of vivid reality. There is plenty of romance and excitement in this score of stories.