"The power lines have floaters
so the airplanes won't get snagged."
Floaters are presumably the orange
balls on power lines to warn aircraft, reminiscent of fishing
floaters (bobbers). [Ron
"Bells are ringing through the
These are presumably the bells
at the railroad crossing gate. [Ron
"Way to shield the hated heat."
Perhaps the heatshield in a locomotive?
"the Go Tell crusade"
A semi-educated guess would be
that "Go Tell" is short for "Go Tell it On the
Mountain" and is the theme song of some evangelical Christian
revival crusade in the South. (I am picturing people under large
tents witnessing and raising their hands.) But without scouring
a history of Southern Church history, I can't confirm the hunch.
The 'Southern Crescent' [...] is
a real railway line, running through Georgia on its way to New
Orleans. [ICFTS] * The "Southern Crescent" was the name
of the former Southern Railway's passenger train (not a railway
line) that ran from New York to New Orleans. It survives today
as Amtrak's "Crescent." [Kipp