Happy in Slumber


Michael Callahan, a section boss for the Southern railroad in the little town of Ludlow, Ky., has a keen sense of Gaelic wit. One warm afternoon while walking along the railroad tracks he found a section hand placidly sleeping beside the rails. Callahan looked disgustedly at the delinquent for a full minute and then remarked: "Slape on, ye lazy spalpeen, slape on, fur as long as you slape you've got a job, but when you wake up, you ain't got none."


from The Hopkinsville Kentuckian, February 15, 1908