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film, the passengers, interested in the
scene, gathered around him.
. "Now, ladies, now, gentlemen," in
terposed the flashily dressed mairin
tones of remonstrance, "won't you
please go back into the coaches and
be robbed? You're interfering with
the operator. It spoils the reality of
the pictures, your standing round
here as though nothing had happen
ed. People will think the picture's a
fake, and it's going to be exhibited in
all the leading cities of America.
. Won't you -go back?" '
Two or three did turn back toward
the coaches in a half-hearted way,
but the rest remained obdurate,, and
the flashily dressed man ran here and
there among them, remonstrating,
and pleading." His requests, however,
fell on deaf ears. It was much pleas
anter outside in the fresh air than
s within, and, besides, all wanted to see
v the whole proceedings. At last, in
despair, the flashily dressed man
threw up his hands and disappeared
inside one of the coaches.
Almost simultaneously a pistol shot
rang out, followed by a .woman's
scream for help. -The heads of the
spectators turned round Tvith a simul
taneous movement and their features"
betrayed an expression of sudden
"You told me it was fun," shrieked
a woman's voice. "I won.'t give you
my rings. I won't, I .tell you. There,
take themf then.. And that's, every5
penny l nave in tne world."
''It's Big Ike and his gang," some
body screamed., "It's real enough!
My God, it's all real!"
Then the flashily dressecU lian,
came, dashing out of- his. coach,- a
smoking pistol in his hand. He -wa,s'
followed by two of the gang.
'Hands .up, you silly sheep!" he
yelled.- "Hands ,up or I fire. Now,
then, back into the cars. One at a
time, please. You'll keep them above
your heads whileIke goes through
Sheep, he had called, them and like
sheep they obeyed. The first to do .
so- was the commercial traveler.
There was a look of teiroron his red
face, and he held his arms erect as '
Only one traveler remained upon
the platform. It was the demure
vouns: lady who had been discussing
her course of action in the event of a r
rem XlUIU-up. liioccau Ul UUUUUg DUU
stamped her foot violently and ac
tually shook her fist in the flashily
dressed man's face." - .
"I won't put my hands up and I
-won't give you a cent. And I've got
ninety dollars inside my waist ana L
defy you to take it, yo.u coward.
Upon the plalforni the operator
wns still a-rindine:: off his films. The
k flashily Pressed, man approached the
young lady, took off ms nat ana maae
her a bow'.
"MadamP you are the onlyman '
among the lot," "he said. "Pray'kee'p
your money asa tribute to your cour
age!" ' . ' '
'The passengers had all filed in
when" the -wheels of, the tram began
to mdve. Tb;e flashily dressed man
caugtit the young .lady .by the arm
"and sjvung her aboard.. Inside the
travelers-stood1 huddled together, but
there iwas nd bandit to-recelve their
cash. The flashily dressed man stood
on the stp. and leered at; them.
!"Sorry Vto. frighten jrqu all, ladies
arid gents," he said"lf you'd obliged
me as taske&of, yu to db, I wouldn't,
have had to scare you.' We -ain't ban
dits; vwe?re -just-mavjngpicture peo
ple :.but we had to get the picture and '
as ydil wouldn't .help 'Us why, we (M
And as the .train was now in motion .
h'q' leaped to- theground and stood
smiling at them.
When they had resumed their
places there was quite a long silence. '
Then the drummer spoke.
"I knew it wasn't real," he said. "If
I'd thought It was I'd have acted 'dif