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Today I have an account from Jack London of the years he road the rails. No sooner were the rails complete before men found ways to take a free ride often at their own peril. London was one of them. A side topic is this account has to do with Monnikers or made up names. Whenever men rode the rods, mined for gold, or punched cattle they were known by their monikers or , as London preferred, monikahs. Regardless of songs and stories to the contrary, it wasn’t an easy life and in this account we learn the truth. We’ll begin and end with songs sung by Odetta.

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