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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1913, Image 18

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I THE NIGHT FLYER
Marion Lowell Livingston.
. "You are not afraid, Esther?"
"Not a 'particle., Nettie.. Why
'should ! be? This is not first
j time on duty, here, you know."
a "Yes, but at night, and all by
yourself! -.1 should think you
.would die with lonesomeness.'"
I "What! With your dear
brother Paul to think of? Why,
it IT , ,
1 1
I f3 -5-.V
She Had Shot Out the White
Light Signal.
Nettie, just imagine it he may
be a passenger on the very train
I send speeding to the city at mid
3 night."
3 Esther Man'ning mounted the
s iron ladder leading to the track
i tower half a mile from the near
s est house pf 'a small scattered set
I tlement.
Her father had been' dispatcher
at Tower, 10 for fifteen years, and
before that in other employ men
with the Central Northern. He
was something of an, invalid, and
in one month would be -due for
honorable retirement from the
service and a pension, if nothing
happened! spoil'his record. Dur
ing the past year, whilcnot teach
ing school, his helpful daughter,
.Esther, had learned, telegraphy
and had familiarzed' herself with
all the details of her father's
work. The night shift, 'with its
chill mists and tiresome tread
mill system,, had been a hardship
to old Mr. Manning. He was par
ticularly indisposed this particu
lar evening, and Esther had in
sisted on acting as his substitute.
She was engaged to Paul Rey
nolds, who had been for a year
in the west and was expected
home daily. His' sister had ac
companied Esther to the to.wer,
as noted. The latter waited,- till
Bruce Vallette, the day operator,
Was relieved-by Esther. Then the
two walked away, leaving Esther
alone at her post of duty in the
gathering dusk.
Towen 10 commanded the wires
west thirty miles to Lyonsunc
tion, and east past the dangerous
curves and trestles of the next
section: The track inspection
patrol reported from that, branch
shortly after dark. Then Esther
.saw an accommodation through
to the east, and Jby nine o'clock
two freights' in the opposite di
rection. Everything was now
trim and tidy on the schedules.
.She.had only the Night Flyer to
:takg.-cax,e-ofl due atl2;03s .TJia

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