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theflcally oh mine. "Tou can't be
lieve that, can you?" he inquired.
"I don't know," I answered, watch
ing his face. I saw only seriousness
there. "I have heard of" such thing,
"Odd thing was," he burst out,
"that when I saw her it seemed so
natural like that I clean forgot she
was she wasn't with us any more.
I saw the vife and Margaret at her
side, and J seemed to see them more
clearly th"at I'd have expected to, for
it was a bit dark that night. There
was Minnie, standing by the roadway
and little Margaret at her side, and
both were waving to me.
"Of course there isn't time to see
very much, as the engine goes by, and
my mind was pretty well occupied
that night, because I had Vice Presi
dent James and a party of his friends
in one of the coaches, and naturally
I was bent on getting the best out of
the old 4. But I did see them, and,
as I looked. I saw Margaret leave
Minnie's side and dart toward me,
holding up her arm. And even then.
it all seemed perfectly natural.
"The child ran straight into the
cutting and toddled upon the line
plumb in front of the engine. Well,
sir, my heart fairly stopped beating.
And the worst part of it was that
Minnie went on smiling and waving
to .me, just as if she didn't know, or,
if she knew, as though, she. didn't
"'Minnie,' I yelled. 'Save her!'
There was not time to stop the tram
and the engine was bound to run
straight over the little tot, but some
how I- thought Minnie might just
manage to snatch her away. But she
didn't move, sir, only just stood
there waving to me, smiling. I could
see that she was smiling, though it
was nearly dark and she was a hun
dred feet away from me. And in the
center of the track stood little Mar
garet with her arms stretched out to
"You know, sir, she's used to play
at signaling, and as I looked I saw I
her stretch out her arms sidewise, as
though she wanted the train to stop.
That used to me the halt signal in
the old days when I played with her.
I'd be the engine and I'd go chooing
up to her, and when she held her
arms out like that I'd have to pull in.$
Then she'd let one fall, maybe, and"
I could go past on that side. t
"Well, all this was the work of 'a !
few moments, though Fve taken time t
enough to tell it to you. There stood is
the little girl in the middle of the line, u
and before I could even begin to slow i
down the engine had struck her and 4
gone right through her! Ran T
through her without a tremor. And '.
then I realized that it hadn't been my
child of flesh and blood that I'd seen i
but only a wraith. And then I thought .
my imagination had played fast and x
loose with me, and I cursed myself '
for a fool, because when once a man
loses grip of himself he's no use any f
more in the cab of an engine'. t
"And of course that would mean l
the end of my job, and I didn't know
what would happen to Minnie. .j
"I was so scared I set the brakes
and the train slowed down. She'd
come almost to a stoj before I got
control over myself again. I. thought
Of Vice President James on board, and
I opened up again. But I looked back
as we rounded the bend that leads to
the top of Geddes hill and the line
was clear, perfectly clear. I seemed
to have double vision that night; I
could see through the darknes in a
way I've never been able to explain.
And there wasn't anybody on the
line. ' 5
"I opened up, as I was saying. But
we'd just got to the top of Geddes
hill, ready for the quick run down to
the old bridge. And suddenly a -red
light sprang up and lit up the sky.
And in front of me, at the botton of
the half-mile of grade, I saw the old
bridge in flames.
I pulled in then, as you can under-
sand; and though we'd started on the i
steep descent I managed to get the
tram to a standstill about a dozen
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