The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Crime #45

Original Caption:

Mineola -- Everett C. Applegate, 35-year-old resident of Mineola (without hat or coat) is shown with a detective at police headquarters as he was docked on a charge of second degree rape (a statutory charge), accused of having attacked the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Creighton, at whose home he boarded. Applegate's wife died ten days ago. An autopsy showed traces of arsenic poisoning. In 1923 Mr.and Mrs. Creighton were indicted on two arsenic poisoning charges in the death of her brother and mother-in-law, but they were acquitted. (1935)

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