by Julie Lawson
The Railyway Diary of Kate Cameron, Yale, British Columbia, 1882.
Monday, September 11, 1882
Mr. Hagan has a map on his wall so he can keep track of the railway progress. There is a lot of tracking to keep, with gangs working in different sections all through the Fraser Canyon - blasting tunnels, laying track, building bridges, and so on.
Wednesday, September 13, 1882 - Why am I cursed with brothers? This is what horrid Toby said today - "I can see his brains, Kate! They're oozing all over the stretcher!"
It was a gruesome sight, but I felt obliged to have a look so I could record the details in my Diary. Alas, Mama yanked us away from the window and drew the curtains. She is forever scolding Papa for buying a house so close to the Accident Hospital.
Mama helps care for the accident victims. I would help, too, but I may not be brave enough to withstand the sight of too much blood.