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PROVIDED BY NEW YORK'S SUBTERRA
IS MORE SWIFT. GRUSOMt DUD
Fearful than Any Conceived in the Imagina
tion of Edgar Allen Poe.
"Two killed in mo Subway."
"Track-walker? run down y
Every day or two auch headlines
aa thcBe appear in the New York
Who are these track-walkers whose
lives aro sacrificed at the rate of
three or four or more a week?
The track-walker is the human
safety device of the great Subway
system, who faces constant doath in
tho dark for twonty-one couts an
His duty is to patrol night and
day every foot of the four tracks
over which two express trains and
two local trains are speeding past
any given point in the gloomy tunnel
every few minutes in opposite direc
tions. Ile carno? a wrench with
which to tighten any loose holts and
a sledge hammer to drive back any
loosened spikes which threaten a
thousand lives in those rushing trains.
Every minute or two, in front or
behind him, comes this roaring death
in a cloud of dust, if his mind is one
Much has been written of tho great
Subway that tunnels under the city
of New York and tho five huudred
thousand passengers a day that it
carries swiftly thu length of tho great
city down among tho oellars, flying
like an arrow undor crowded thor
oughfares where there ts scarce room
for man or beast.
Pages have been dovoted to the
engineering feats that have been
performed to dig this huge trench
under the busiest arteries of the me
tropolis, of the ?40,000,000 the Sub
way cost, of tho block system and of
tho emergency train stop on each
platform. The public knows that if
the motorman should fall dead at his
post the brakes would be auto
matically applied. It regards the
motorman as the man most responsi
ble for tho safoty of the passengers
and surrounds him with a sort of
glamour. It pictures him in his
little cage, his hand on the lover,
tensely watching tho signals as they
fly past, and peering out ahead into
tho twilight of thc Subway on the
alert for danger.
MOST IMPORTANT KAKKTY UBVtOK.
Hut almost no mention has been
made of the most important safety
device used-the track-walker, who
t arns twenty-one cents an hour.
The slightest error on his part, a
moment's carelessness, the least in
attention, and nothing else can avail
to gave some flying train with its
hundreds of passengers.
At home there is tho wife and her
cbidrou, They must: be fed and
clothed. Twenty-one cents an hour
will not provide a brownstone palace,
nor silks, nor jewels, nor automobiles,
but it keeps the wolf just outside the
threshold ol* a hum?le home.
Soin tho gloom of the Subway this
toiler of tho darkness wends his
weary round, week after week, lan
tern in hand, risking his lifo six hun
dred minutes every day, for thc
meagre means of livelihood.
The traok-walkor doesn't consider
himself a hero, and the publie doesn't
consider him at all. Yet in thu safety
of half a million lives every day he is
far and away thc most important
tactor. The least flaw in a rail, a
broken bolt, a spike bent ever so
little out of its place, a bit of car
framework loosened from its fasten
ing and lying with one end on the
third rail and the other across the
traflic rail ; let his eye miss any one
of these, and seores of precious lives
may pay thc penalty of his momen
Step down with him into thc great
underground highway and follow
him in his task. Patiently plodding,
a'ways toward tho oncoming trains,
lie pursues his silent course. Herc
he is tapping at some rail that strikes
l.is eye as doubtful, now stopping to
tighter: a holt with a long wrench ho
carries, and again with ready sledge
driving homo to it? placo some spike
that has started from its bcd in the
Walled in on either ??do by cliffs
of cement, his vista one perpetual
colonnade of steel pillars, overhead
the roar and rumble of the surface
oars aud trucks, and ever flying past
him, liku huge dragon? in a dusky
oaveru, long trains that rush at light
ning speed, boaring thousands of
human souls. In safety-or to dis
aster? It all lies with thetraokman.
Tho first sensation as one stands,
on tho bottom of tho Subway is a
feeling of surprise at tho si/.e of tho
oxcavntion. It seems suddenly to
have grown twioe as deep as it looked
from the station platform. And as
it grew deeper, it roust have grown
BOAB LIKE AX AVALANCHE.
Hero comes a "local," rumbling its
steady way dow J toward Brooklyn
Bridge. Its led and white lights
glare fiercely aud it rushos along
with an improssive air of irresisti
bility. With a sudden sense of sniall
ncrv., a feeling that the cars must
suddonly have grown much larger,
you shriuk into the uarrow space
occupied by tho long line of pillars
that divide the looal from the express
and wonder if the train is intermina
ble. It really seems as if it uever
And just as you realize its last car
is near thero is a sudden shook, a
roar liko an avalance, a swrirling
whirlpool of air that almost throws
you off your foot. You cling to a
pillar, wondering with a sudden
numb, curious sensation in tho brain,
what awful oatnstropho has hap
pened. Surely it must be a wreck.
Seores of times it happens to him
sach day. Whenever he steps out
of tho way of an incoming traiu ana
the oars aro beaton and buffeted by
the roar, his eyes must do duty to
ajuare* him from the ever-present
.langer of tho express from tho oppo
site direotion, flying at forty miles
an hour, lost it dash down upon him
unseen and unheard and shatter him
So with every sense alert he plods
steadily along in the dusk, his head
beut as ho soans the rails, keenly
alive to his surroundings, the danger
und tho darkness.
Ho is not careless, for tho prico of
carelessness is death. Ile is not
talkative, for tho roar of tho Subway
soon begets silence. Above ground
he walks bent-shouldered, for long
hours of careful scrutiny in the
depths of tho Subway have made it a
habit. Thc lines of his face deepen,
and strengthen. Around thc eyes
como those tiny wrinkles that betoken
keen sight, striving to pierce tho
dark-such eyes as aro given to pilots
and engineers. Tense nerves soon
show in tho face, and tho anxious
look bogot of ton hours a day soon
becomes tho fixed expression.
Thc strain shows. Darkness and
danger and death-at twenty-one
cents an hour-soon write their
story on tho human countenance, and
thc man becomes for all lifetime what
ho is for those terrible ten hours a
a day-ono long, living agony of
DEATH HOVERS CI.08B.
In daylight it would bc bad
enough, bul in the Bomi-darkness thc
strain is almost beyond compr?hen
sion. For tho fear that comes with
darkness is an inheritance from all
the ages, and thc man of to-day is
descended from the man who lived in
a cave, and worshipped thc sun for
its heat and light, is exactly like his
prehistoric ancestor. Ho could not
tell you why, but he, too, is afraid of
the ?lark. Like prehistoric man he
tears, yet knows not what.
Death hovers AO close to him that
by-and-by he b'conics accustomed to
the constant companionship of thc
grim spectre, and his mind and body
act involuntarily. Dc docs not feel
thc strain. Ile will not oven admit
thal his OOOnpation carries with il
any responsibility, but all unknown
thc strain is lhere.
Only a few ?lays ago some track
workers wore at one of tho stations
when a local train stopped at each
platform. Thc men were on thu ex
press tracks in the eenter when, just
as thc locals had drawn almost to a
standstill, an express from up-town
dashed thunderously around a curve.
Thc men jumped for thu other track
and were almost run down by an ex
press coming from thc opposite
direction, which Ihey had not heard
because of thu noise of thu first.
They had just time, to leap between
Lbo pillars separating the expresses
and cling for safety.
Thu suction between two trains is
Lerriftic. Standing on almost any
station platform thero is a rush of
lir noticeable as a train approaohes,
pushing a huge wave ahead of it. j
Imagine two trains driving into a
station at the same time, und then
two expresses passing each other ex
actly between the locals, and you will
have ?orno taint idea of the terrible
atmospheric swirl set up botwcun the
A few y< irs ago a party of eight
workmen were all killed in tho Now
York Central tunnel that brings
trains to tho center of New York
city. Tho track-workers in the ?Sub
way hud a narrow escape from a like
Only a few weeks since Charles
Koepko and T. S. Nicholson were
fellow-umployoes in the Subway.
One night in February they were
together at their task when Nichol
son, busily employed in some trifling
ropairs, found himself prone on the
track with an express within a few
feet of him. Ile could not save him
self, but Koepke seized him and hy
main strength dragged him from
under the flying wheels, which grazed
Nicholson's feet. Both mon wore
almost overcome by the oecurrenoe,
but resumed their work after a few
Such things are a part of the
trackman's life, and within an hour
or two the first shock had worn off
and tho men were joking ovor the
escape. Little did they foresee even
the most immediate future. Barely
six hours had elapsed when the men
wore again together at Ono Hundred
and Twenty-second street. This time
Koepko was on the fatal track. With
a ory Niohoson sprang to his aid.
His hands touched his jumper when
the train struck Koepke, and tore him
from his grasp. Before Nicholson's
eyes lay the bruised and torn body of
the man who had, less than six hours
ago, saved his life from tho same
On January 3 Louis Schmidt, a
young man of 28, waa tostiug the
tracks at Seventy-sixth street. The
south-bound express speeding from
Harlem dashed down upon him.
With Henry Taffe, a fellow-work
man, he leaped for safety. In the
roar of tho Bridge express they did
not hear the other avalanche of de
struction, and Schmidt was crushed.
Taffe barely escaped, thc cars grazing
him as he threw himself baok toward
the protecting line of pillars that
separated thc expresses.
Just a week before Koepko met
his death in tho Lenox avenue branch
of tim tunnel, Patrick Flynn, an
other trackwalker, dazed hy the glare
of headlights in the gloom and thc
rush and racket of trains, made thc
fatal misstep and lost his life at
Tho express ran clear down to
Seventy-second street boforo it
stopped to lind whether he wa? dead
or alive. The accident was then re
ported, hut Flynn's body lay three
quarters of an hour whore it had
been thrown by the train before any
one went to search for him.
Kvcn if prompt aid could have
saved his lifo, thc rules of thc Sub
way wouldn't have allowed him t<
live. Schedules must bo lived up to
no matter whether the twenty-ont
cents an hour man who risks his lif(
ten hours a day wins or loses.
BAVKD ANO THUM LOST.
The gallant sold.er, the gallan
fighter by land or sua, is suro o
praise from thc populace. Bu
what of the other man-thc mai
who toils in tho shadow of tin
valley of death ? Underneath tin
ground he plods his way, cvorj
sense strung to tho final point o
strain, facing for ten hours each daj
thc dread presence and, oftener than
he cares to think about it, evading
the grim hand hy barely a hair'i
Then; comes another train. Wha
of it? It is almost upon him, but In
knows full well be has time to st riki
yet once Again? and his task will Ix
done. Why wait for the train t<
pass. One moro blow, and ho leap
lightly to tho other track.
A glare of light blinds him. Hush
Roar! and tho express tosses hi
mangled hedy against tho Subwa;
wall. No stopping. Thc station i
a scant three-quarters of a mile away
Time enough. It is only a track
In a little Last Sido tenement i
broken-hearted woman wonders hos
she shall fill thc mouths of tho babies
but the man who gave his life fo
twenty-one cents an hour is oasil]
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Walking sticks wore the faslron ii
1 AM DETERMIN!
E PLANTS Al SE
Cal iliaco Hunt s for Knie nnd now ready for deli
ton I ..II Typo Wakefield," two earliest sharp-he
"Huecos don." " A ililli st i Trucker" and "Short Stei
t ii s ami hoad in rotation aa named. Fri?os : Bing
10,000 and over, $1 per 1.000. Terras : Cash with ol
.-vt m H charges on money. Our plant beds occupy
understand growing thom In the open air; tougn i
injury, l'lants orated for shipment weigh 20 pour,
prompt transportation by Southern Kxpress Co. !
than mino. 1 soil good plants. No oheap "cut-rat
those that 1 ship to lie true to type and name, and
two of tho most reliable sood houses in the United
saltshed oustoiner at the end of the season.
OUR COTTON SKI ; I ). Lint of our I^iig Stap
Charleston on December 2 at 32o. per pound. Beet
My specialty : Trompt Shipment, Truo Varietli
plant bust ios? thirly-flve years.
Wm. C. Qeraty/l?TeCS
JOB PRINTING SE
The I3ent is Aiwa
The "Mountain Parsonage."
(Kev. W. M. Harden, in Southern Chris
Dear Advocate : Perhaps it will
be of some interest to write a few
lines as pastor from this parsonage,
as some mention was made of it by
Brother S- and Mrs. Hogers last
week. Some may not know exaotly
where this parsonage is situated ;
some of our preachers even know
but little, if anything, about Wal
halla and West Union. Having al
ways lived in the lower portion of
the State, we oould not expeot them
to know. PerbapB there arc some
moro of our good laymen who would
doubtless be williug to assist in fin
ishing up this lust payment if they
but only knew the location, etc.
Walhalla circuit ha* seven preach
ing places, including Walhalla and
Newry Cotton Mills. West Union is j
nearly east of Walhalla. A stranger
would suppose it was a portion of j
thc same town. There are two dis
tinct incorporations, where tho lawB
are very rigidly enforced ; where, if
a mau is seen intoxicated on tho
streets, he is put in tho guard house
The Mountain Parsonage is
situated near tho West Union depot.
There are about two and one-half
acres in the lot, with a good garden.
The house has eight rooms, is good
throughout, well under-pinned, and
the timbers all in good condition. I
am now trying to fence the entire
lot, and hope to be able to do this
soon. Tho fruit trocs have nearly
all been nicely pruned, and wc aro
looking for a good crop.
We found tho parsonage without
any furniture, but have been able to
get some. We can now take care
of our friends.
It is proper that I should in a
publia way acknowledge the amounts
paid in by each church and those
contributed by friends outside the
work as follows : The church at
Walhalla Mill, #15; Whitmire, #7.80 ;
Fairview, #7.?J5 ; Oconoe, 25 cents;
Zion, 40 cents ; Double Springs,
#9.40. In addition to tho abovo I
have collected as follows : Bishop
W. W. Duncan, #20 ; B. G. Collins,
Conway, #5 ; W. M. Jones, Spartan
burg, #2 ; (4. C. Butler, Farmer, #1 ;
M. M. Stanley, Farmer, #1.
We hope to get all things in good
shape this year-all collections in
Now, Bro?her Rogers, you have
for a long time left a promise unful
filled, viz: to visit my work. Now,
this is the year, and we want Sister
Hogers to pay us a visit in our fruit
and melon season [How about spring
chickens V-Fds. ] and see this par
sonage for the purchase of which she
bas done so much. The people and
pastor will always show their appre
ciation by taking special care of tho
!:::;;:;c, furniture, and premisos.
Cuba's immigration last year was
20,000. Three-fourths were Span
BD TO DO THE
USIN ES S
for this community. Come
on and get your teams.
Single and Double Buggy
Teams and Saddle Horses.
Always on hand.
Prompt and polite service at reasona
ble prices. Teams sent out at any hour,
day or night. - Phone 10 or ll for quick
teams. C. B. HO I CH I NS,
Walhalla, S. C.
very. "Karly Jersey Wakefield" and "Charles
ad varieties and hoad in rotation as named,
ii Flat Dutch." the three I ?eat flat-head vario
le thousand, fl.BO; 5.000 and over $1.25 per 1,000;
-der; or plants sont C. O. U., purchaser paying
35 acres on South Carolina 8ea Toast, and we
and hardy, they will stand severe cold without
ids por 1,000 and wo have speoial low rates for
t know of other plants you can buy cheaper
o" plants shipped from my farm. I guaranloe
grown from nigh grade seeds purchased from
St.Ues. 1 will refund purohaso price to any dis
le Variety of Rea Island Cotton sold last year tn
1 91.20 per bushel; lots of 10 bushols and over fl
ss and Hatlsfiod Customers. I have boen In the
? Youngs Island,S.C.
orders for Sta
Courier and get
y? the O lie ape st,.
John Parka Black, the 5-year-old
Bon of Mrs. John Black, of Char
lotte, died last week as the reBult of j
burns received a few days before.
The boy, with several playmates, was
striking matches for sport. His
clothing caught Uro and before as
sistance could roach him he was fa
tally burned. Ho died in great
THC HEGE LOO BEAM
HEACOCK-KING FEED WORKS
ENGINES ANO BOILERS, WOODWORKING
MACHINERY, COTTON GINNING, BRICK
MAKING ANO S II INGLE AND IJATH
MACHINERY, COHN MILLS, ETC., ETC.
GIBBES MACHINERY CO..
Columbia, S. C.
THE GIBBES SHINGLE MACHINE
COVERS MOST WEA KS LONGEST
LOOKS BEST STRICTLY PURE
NON.. BETTER MADE
This Paint Guaranteed.
Matheson Hardware Co.,
. Westminster, S. C.
Carter Hardware Co.,
Walhalla, S. C.
Write or call for
25 COLOR CARDS AND PRICES.
FOR CHEAP RATES
TEXAS, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA,
OKLAHOMA, INDIAN TERRITORY,
CALIFORNIA, COLORADO. UTAH,
WYOMING, OREGON, MONTANA, |
WASHINGTON, and Other Point?
West, Northwest and Southwest,
Writ* or Call on
J. O. HOLLENBECK,
District Passenger ?fft |
LOUISVILLE &. NASHVILLE R. R.
No. 1 North Pryor St., Opposite j
Union Depot, Atlanta, Ga.
re a Cold in On
no Quinine Tablets. J&
louth*. This signature, ^
J. H. MOORE, M. D.v
Physician and Surgeon.
Call? left at residence or J. H. Derby's.
Drug Store will receive prompt attention,
DAY OR NIGHT.
Phones : Residence 98, Drug Store 18.
WM. J. STKIBLINO. F 4 E. L. HBRNDON.
STRIBLINQ _ I
WALHALLA, S. C.
PROMPT ATTENTION GIVEN TO ALL BUSI
NESS EN THUS run TO THEM.
January 8. 1898. _ .
J. P. Carey, I J. W. Shelor,
Piokens, S. C. I Walhalla, S. C.
CAREY & SHELOR,
Attorneys and Counsellors,
Walhalla, S. C.
Will practice in tho State and United
Business entrusted to our oare will re
ceive prompt and careful attention.
WALHALLA, - - S. C.
Bell Phone No. 20.
Praotioe in State and Fodoral Courts.
Business entrusted to my care rocoives
prompt attention. 1-0?
OOice two doors above the Bank, In
Dr. G. C. Probst,
Walhalla, S. C.
Office Over C. W. Pitchford Co.'s
; : : Store, : : :
HOURS : 8.80 A. M. TO 1 P. M. AND 2 TO 6
DR. J. H. BURGESS,
SENECA, S. C.
OFFICE OVER NIMMONS* STORK, DOYLE
Office Hours: 9 A. M. to 1 p, M.
" M 2 P. M. tO (I P. M.
April 20, 1004. 16-tf
Dr. W, F. Austin,
Office Over J. II'. Byrd (fi ( ?.
/ AM NOW IN MY OFFICE EVERY
PHONE NO. 51.
BLUE RIPEE RAILWAY CO.
RKTWEEN RELTON AND WALHALLA.
Time Tal>lo No. 8.-In Effect Jan. 0, 1905,
- A il.lins.
Pendleton . .
.Wost Anderson. . ? .
Anderson - PassDop
Lv .Anderson-Kr't Do
Ar Anderson-Pass De
Lv Anderson-Pass Do
Lv ?Wont Anderson.
Lv *Jordanla .I unction. |
Lv Wost Union.
. Flag stations.
Will also stop at tho fellowing stntlons to take
00 ami lotolT passengers: Phinney's, .lamcB'sand
Handy Sprints und Toxuway.
Nos. ll ann 12, llrst class paSHOIiKer, dnily; Nos.
0 and 10, dallv oxcojit Sunday; Nos. 6 nnd 6,
Sunday only; Nos. 4 and 7, second class, mixed,
dally oxcont Sunday; Nos. 8 and K, second class,
H. 0. BEATTIE, President,
j. R. ANDERSON. Superintendent.
THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY
THE SOUTH'S GREATEST SYSTEM.
Unexcelled Dining Car Sorvico.
Through Pull man Sleeping Cars on all
Convenient Schedules on all Local Trains.
Wintor Tourist Rates aro now in effect
to nil Florida points.
For full information as to ratos, routes,
ot^., consult nearest Southorn Railway
Ticket Agont, or
R. W. HUNT,
Division Passenger Agent,
Charleston, S C.
In Two May?,