Table of contents for Thunderbolt from a clear sky : the irrepressible life of Robert W.S. Stevens / Robert C. Stevens with Betty Adams.


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CHAPTER 1: Robert W.S. Stevens .......................... 1
CHAPTER   2: On to Kansas  .................................. 9
CHAPTER 3: Dealing in Land...Indian and Otherwise ............ 19
CHAPTER   4: Politics...Not as Usual .........................  21
CHAPTER 5: The Mayor Goes to Washington .................. 26
CHAPTER 6: A House Doesn't Necessarily Make a Home ......... 29
CHAPTER   7: Political Enemies  .............................. 35
CHAPTER 8: Stevens Scrip Takes on a Life of Its Own ........... 40
CHAPTER 9: A Hero at Quantrill's Raid ...................... 43
CHAPTER 10: Getting the Railroads Moving ................... 55
CHAPTER 11: The "Katy" Wins the Race .................... 67
CHAPTER 12: Taking the Road in Three Directions .............. 79
CHAPTER 13: Competition Grows along with the Railroad ........ 82
CHAPTER 14: Nobody Knows the Troubles... .................. 93
CHAPTER 15: More Rivers to Cross ......................... 97
CHAPTER 16: Facing "Grisly" Fronts ........................ 104
CHAPTER 17: Be Careful What You Wish For ................. 106
CHAPTER 18: The Men on the Track ....................... 115
CHAPTER 19: The Boonville Bridge: A Million Dollar Feat ...... 118
CHAPTER 20: The Panic of 1873 Reaches the Katy ............. 125
CHAPTER 21: Leaving the Train at the Station ................. 134
CHAPTER 22: The Final Six Months ........................ 141
CHAPTER 23: Robert Joins the Venerable Hannibal & St. Joe ..... 145
CHAPTER 24: Would There Be Changes with a New President? ... 153
CHAPTER 25: Reorganization-New Presidents, New Hope? ..... 164
CHAPTER 26: Getting Past Labor Problems and Bankruptcy ...... 171
CHAPTER 27: Intermezzo, 1878-1885 ..................... 182
CHAPTER 28: Mr. Stevens Goes to Washington ................ 189
CHAPTER 29: Kansas Calls Again ........................ 195
CHAPTER 30: Back to the Southwest...and More Railroading .... 203
CHAPTER   31: Details, Details .............................. 215
CHAPTER 32: The Parsons Boom, 1890-1891 ................. 221
CHAPTER 33: The End of the Stevens Empire ................. 227



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Stevens, Robert W, S, (Robert Wadleigh Smith), 1824-1893, Capitalists and financiers United States Biography, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad History 19th century, Railroads United States History 19th century, Lawyers United States Biography, Kansas Biography, New York (State) Biography