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Old 02-25-2010, 09:35 PM
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What Does This Expression Mean...[Run out of town on a rail]?

What does the expression "run out of town on a rail" mean?
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:39 PM
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Pretty much what it sounds like. In the 19th century, when the townspeople didn't particularly like someone (say, a petty swindler), they'd tie him to a wooden fence rail and carry him (hanging down from it) to the town limits, making it clear he wasn't allowed back again. Tar and feathers were optional.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:49 PM
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Ah! Thanks...I was thinking someone was simply thrown on a train.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:56 PM
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Tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:57 PM
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There is a scene of this in "O Brother, Where art Thou?", perfect example.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:05 PM
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:18 PM
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I remember that this was the fate of the Duke and the Dolphin at the end of "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn"
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:27 AM
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It was the subject of a famous Abraham Lincoln anecdote. A group of friends from Illinois was visiting the White House. One of them asked Lincoln how he enjoyed being President. Lincoln replied with a story of a man being tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. When the man was asked how he liked it, he was quoted by Lincoln as saying "If it weren't for the honor of it, I'd just as soon walk."
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:57 AM
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I remember that this was the fate of the Duke and the Dolphin at the end of "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn"
That's the Duke and the Dauphin
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:23 AM
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Not hanging from it, the picture shows him sitting astride it. (echoing the ball-crushing theme from another thread)
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:58 AM
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Also from Mark Twain - in Tom Sawyer there were moves afoot to run Injun Joe out of town on a rail for grave-robbing, but it turned out that no-one was willing to take the lead, and so the idea was quietly dropped.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:52 AM
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Not hanging from it, the picture shows him sitting astride it. (echoing the ball-crushing theme from another thread)
I've had it done both ways.

It's a long story, and I don't want to talk about it.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:04 PM
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That's the Duke and the Dauphin
You do know that throughout the novel Huckleberry called him Dolphin, as he (a barely literate teen) wasn't sure what the title Dauphin really denoted...........
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