The legend of Lee Christmas grew out of his amazing turn of luck and a fearless streak that led him to the brink of death many times over. In the United States, Christmas was a tramp railroader, taking positions at five different stations between 1880 and 1891. After being blacklisted by the railroad companies for three years, he applied again only to find out that his colorblindness left him unemployable as an engineer . . . except in Honduras.
It was there that his train was attacked in the Battle of Laguna Trestle. After his reckless temper prompted Christmas to fight off the enemy, the Honduran Army instantly promoted him to captain. Christmas went on to hold many positions in the military, secret service, and police force. Whether enjoying adventure on the high seas, narrowly escaping from rebels in a jungle war, or singlehandedly tracking an assassin who had blown him through a roof with a stick of dynamite, Christmas was known as a fearless gringo. His penchant for fighting won him favor with influential political parties. His mythical status stemmed from his willingness to fight anyone at any time, no matter the odds.
About the Author
Hermann Deutsch (1889-1970), a native of Brüx, Austria-Hungary, began working on the Chicago Journal but soon moved to New Orleans, where he was employed by the Times-Picayune, the States, the Item, and their successor, the States-Item (1918-70), as associate editor, chief editorial writer, and daily columnist.
THE INCREDIBLE YANQUI
The Career of Lee Christmas
By Hermann Deutsch
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
HISTORY / Latin America / Central America
HISTORY / Reference
256 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
15 b/w photos 2 illus. Appendix
ISBN: 9781455615766 pb