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'eyebrows were scorched, 'and "lis
clothes were tinder.- As Nesta ran
forward Anderson opened his eyes.
"Nesta!" he murmured feebly, and
clasped her in his arms.
Barnes turned quickly away. He
.knew that he had. atoned, and that
the hell of Us heart was quenched in
the waters of self-conquest. Still, he
did not want to let John and Nesta
GAMBLING WITH LIFE
Every hour and forty-two minutes,
on an average, one person is killed
somewhere in the United States
and another person is hurt on a rail
road, not while riding as a passenger
or working as an employe, but while
In 20 years, according to Interstate
Commissioner McChord, 86,733 per
sons were killed while trespassing on
railroads and 94,646 were injured
almost as many as now populate Ari
zona and more than the combined
population of Alaska and Nevada.
Contrary to common belief, the
majority of these trespassers aren't
"hoboes" human derelicts, with few
or none to mourn. Almost a third are
children, who are allowed by careless
parents to play in the way'of danger.
More than a third are wage-earners,
who use the railway right of way as
a short-cut when walking-between
home and work.
In spite of crossing gaurds and
the steady doing away of crossings at
'grade, in spite of numerous "no tres
pass" signs and vigorous prosecu
tions, this toll of life grows.
Many have a wrong notion as to
why railroads want to ke?p.trespass
ers off their property. It isn't chiefly
to protect themselves, for they are
not liable. True, they suffer from
petty pilfering. But that loss is less
important to society than this grow
ing toll of life and limb. Here is where
the big damage comes in and why it
is to the interest of all to join hands
with the railroads inv trying to halt
the trespass habit.
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