THE CRIME OF THE D'AUTREMONT BROTHERS
(Johnson Brothers, Charles and Paul, 1929)
Way out west in Oregon in nineteen twenty-three,
The D'Autremont brothers wrecked the train as brutal as could be.
"Twas train number thirteen of the Southern Pacific line,
They had just passed through Siskiyou and were making regular time.
When going through the tunnel upon the engine they came,
Shot dead Bates and his fireman, and then they wrecked the train.
Then they killed the brakeman and the mail clerk,too
And endangered all of the lives of the passengers and crew.
Then they fled to the mountains to hide their brutal crime,
Leaving death and destruction on the Southern Pacific line.
For nearly four long years they were sought in vain,
To pay for the lives and the wrecking of this train.
But God is always good and just, as we all know well,
They were finally caught at last as the time will always tell.
Now they are in prison for the lives they led,
Without any hope of pardon until they are dead.
The tune is a deriviative of "Polly Wolly Doodle"