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  • Religion is goodness and justice and honesty; no man needs a sky-pilot to lay a course for him, for he alone knows where the channel, and the rocks, and the bar of his own heart are -- look into your hearts. '

    Danger Signals Remarkable, Exciting and Unique Examples of the Bravery, Daring and Stoicism in the Midst of Danger of Train Dispatchers and Railroad Engineers

  • I'm going to leave you to your own conscience and to the guidance of your virtuous sky-pilot.

    The Scarlet Feather

  • Particularly was this true of his special friend the "sky-pilot" or chaplain, that super-person who perhaps most often fell a victim to quarter-deck ebullitions.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • Say, old fellow, when that sky-pilot casts his eyes on that tent of ours to-morrow morning there will be something doing about these diggins, and don't you forget it.

    A Pirate of Parts

  • But we've got the laugh on our sky-pilot, for he's as puzzled as the rest of us.

    The Land of Mist

  • But we've got the laugh on our sky-pilot, for he's as puzzled as the rest of us.

    The Land of Mist

  • All of us have deep in our hearts love, veneration and respect for the sky-pilot -- chaplain, if you would rather call him so.

    Private Peat

  • To us sky-pilot, and very truly so, the man who not only points the way to higher things, but the man who travels with us over the rough road which leads to peace in our innermost selves.

    Private Peat

  • “How'd you like a voyage to China?” the sky-pilot asked, one day.

    Tramping on Life

  • Such a request, coming from a youth almost in rags, impressed the sky-pilot so deeply that he insisted on giving me a job pumping the organ during services and a little room to sleep in at the mission.

    Tramping on Life


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  • n. Derogatory Irish slang for a priest, a rare example of 20c anti-clericism. Its etymology is self-evident.

    December 13, 2006

  • When your daughter dies

    aged ten, mown down by a train,

    console yourself thus:

    sky-pilots can forgive her

    by saying a Special Thing.

    - Peter Reading, Ex Lab, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008