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&VEicMta gailij gagU: extiiesdaij foruitt August X87 1886.
TIIE RED IIGHT.
My preface must bo that I am a railway
official, and that any part of a train may
bo invaded by mo without question. It will
not bo then a matter of surprise if I stato
that I stood with a driver on a special en
fiine. 1 was returning from inspecting the
scene of an accident, much damage dono to
rolling stock and the permanenfway, hap
pily nono to life and limb. Tre was to
be an inquiry. "Whether it was signal
man's or pointsman's fault remained to bo
'"We shall come to a tree directly," said
Harry Staves, my driver, whon he had cov
ered somo miks of the return journey. M
novor pass it without having a sickly sort
of feeling. A bad accident happened there,
'twill bo tweho or thirteen years ago."
"Oh?"' I assented without evincing much
interest I did not consider it prudent to
encourago him to proceed. Talk will ab
stract the Lest man's attention. It was
necessary for him to keep a sharp look-out
ahead. The day had ended- in snow, the
aspect of the country changing in an in
credibly short space of time. At Croftley
wo switched to take in Mater and to allow
certain trains to pass, and here as we stood
in shelter, after somo little preamble, he re
sumed his story.
'There wasn't a steadier, trustier driver
than my mate, Jim Sutton, and he'd been
lucky. He'd never been in an accident I
believe, when one did happen, tho company
thought of him, and believed that, if he'd
been driving, nothing would have happened.
He was a sort of model man for them. I'd
been stoker for him almost from tho time
I left the shed. I'd been reckoned a lucky
chap to get put with him. So I waa After
I'd been with him a few years, I might
have got put on as occasional driver, but I
didn't care for that sort of catch-work. I
explained this to tho locomotive superin
tendent, and ho allowed me to stay with
Jim. You see a man in this, as in other
posts, may bo qualified for some
thing better, jbut he has to wait for a
"Well, we'd got very near that troo I
pointed out, when there was a sudden grind,
and off tho rails wo went and down the em
bankment ' A good thing it was tho coup
lings snapped, or a coach or two would have
followed us. I was oiling, and lucky it was
for nje, for I flow, I never exactly know
where. But Jim, poor fellow, happened
to have n grip, and went with tho engine.
Wheen it heeled over, ho was partly under
it, fast by the legs. Poor fellow, where ho
wns, it was just past being warm hot
enough to roast him. They tried to got him
out, and at last had to give it up, and send
on for a crane. All that took time. They said
it was piteous to hear him begging and pray
ing them to get him out
'"I got o!C very well considering I'd no
bones broken. Ko doubt I touched hard
ground, for they picked mo up insensible,
and carried mo to a cottago near. When I
came to mj-self I can't tell you how queer
I felt Ilverything seemed to swim
about; I didn't seo very well. I Ticked'
about with my hands, then I was sure
there was somebody strange in tho room.
'' 'Hallo.' says I, 'where have I got to?'
" 'Hush,' says they; 'You keep quiet'
' 'I'm not at Batclose.'
" 'You're at Hagley dale. '
"'Hagley dalo,' says I: 'how long have I
been in hero?'
" 'May bo an hour and a quarter.'
' 'Wheio's Jim? How has he got off!'
" 'Do you mean tho driver?'
'I'd got up on my haunches, and I would
" 'That's just who I mean,' says L
' 'He's under tho engine. They're trying
to get him out'
"'Ihey'ro a" long time about it Is ho
' 'He was alivo a bit sin -a'
"They tried to stop mo. They said I
swore at them, as I went limping out of tho
house. 1 know to get up tho embankment I
had to go on all-fours 1 crossed the metals,
and saw tho crowd and tho cngino on her
broadside. I thought I could hear some
thing poor Jim's cries. Down I rushed,
A fellow hau'got my shovel, and there ho
stood, helpless as you please. When I
snatched at it ho wouldn't leavo go.
" 'Seo here,' said I in a racing temper, 'if
vou-want to keen a whole skin, you'll leave
"Maybe I did swear at him at 'em all, a
lot of stupid idiots not knotting whatto do.
" 'There's a crano coming,' tho station
"'Crano?' I hollered back to him, 'go for
spades ccaio out of tho way, there's nono
of you with si morsel of brains.' Tlioy just
did clear out, 1 can tell you. I think thoy
raw I was good enough for laying opan a
man's head if ho tried to stop me.
'l'oor Jim as soon as ho sar me, he cried
faintly, 'Harry, for God's sako pull mo out
of this: 1 m roarstiug.'
'Then ho wont ofi'. Pcad? No. Ko
fainted, or something of the kind. I dug
like a demon, and 1 soon had others helping.
We had him out in less than ten minutes.
If, instoad of running over each other,
they'd started digging with my shovel, ho'd
be alivo now.
'They wetted his lips with brandy, and
he seemed to como to a bit. But I don't be-
liovo ho was really himsolf, I think ho was
wandering. 1 heard him say, 'Tho bairns
Lir.!' Then he gave a bit of a shudder, and
all was over.
"They had to help mo up tho otnbank-
mont, and 1 went on to Datclosc. They got ' 1'
a cab to take me on to my lodse. But I says
to tho super, 'There's Jim's wife some
body ought to break it to her, poor thing.'
' 'I shall havo to go,' says he, 'and it's a
job 1 don't like.'
" 'I'll go. sir,' says I: 'I'd givo 1,000 if I
had it to go with a different tnle. Sho'll
may bo tako it better from me. Sho knows
Jim and me were always good pals. '
"I got out of tho cab at the street and
hobbled to Jim's house. Ono of tho bairns
camo to tho door.
" 'Mammy, Harry's come,' sho shouted,
toddlinff the length of tho passage as fast as
her wee legs would carry her.
'Wln.n Lis thowed her face, I stood liko a
goose nicked in the Lead. As I went along
I'd made up what I should iy, but
I just felt as if I hod to loarn to talk. 1
eaw that she thought I'd no business to bo
there that timo of day, Every bit of color
wont out of her face, and sha staggered
against the door jamb.
"Liz,' I said, 'wo'vo had an accident,
and Jim's hurt'
"Bad?" !ho asked, brr lip quivering and
her voice hoarse, and looking wild and
'Liz,' I said,' 'you must keop up a good
heart. I thought I'd better I thought
you'd rather have me come.'
'He's dead,' sho moanid. 'He'd have
been hero if any of "em had had a grain of
sense. What were you nboutf
" 'I'd every bit of seme knocked out of
me. They carried mo away. IV ben I
camo to mt"celf I broke away from 'em, and
went back, He was undor the engine and I
dug him out'
"And he tins dead?' wailed she. dropping
into a chair and throwing her apron over
her head, to rock Lnckwxrds and forward,
' 'My poor lass, he was just alita, ho
went off peaceful-like. Ills last ironlo were
of you and tho bairns.'
"I never wan another Jeb like that; I
didn't lwive till I aw she'd got the narti
over and a neighbor corns in. I jurt put
zay hun.l on her shoulder, and I aaid to iter,
TLcu'U 1 eop up as pood a heart sm thou
ouut-t, laws. I shaVt see tbee stick fL'
"Ab-1 it came to ma that it would be some
thing In her way if I went to lodge visa
her. And when I cot there, if I saw the
bairns wanted anything, I'd slip oat and
buy it, or take 'em out You see I couldn't
bear to seo the mites tro worsa shod or elail
than when poor Jim was on the go. Tho
worst was when the little beggers got their
new things, they were so keen to show off.
Then their mother would sob and tell me
she was sure she could never repay ma It
used to make mo feel as if I'd done some
thing and ought to bo horsewhipped. I'd
never thought of such a thing.
"I married her at last I don't know that
I shonld ever thought of that, but there's
always such nasty slings thrown out if a
single man goes to lodge with a young
woman. If anybody had said anything to
me, I should have known how to deal with
'em. Sho'd never havo told me, but one
night, when I got home, Liz's face was all
red, and I saw she'd been crying;
I should havo thought it was about
poor Jim it was the timo of
tho year but my littlo pet let it out that
Mrs. Somebody-or-other had made her
mammy cry when she was pipe-claying tho
door-flag, so I would bottom it Now I
almost wish I'd married her before. You
seo I can buy anything for the bairns in the
natural course now I've taken Jim's
Tho signal was for us to go, but I think
my driver's story was about finished. Over
tho river, through tho gaslit town, like
fairyland with its mantle of snow on roof
and roadway, increasing our speed as we
plunged into tho darkness. It was snowing
faster, tho darkness seeming more opaquo
by reason of the whirling snowflakea We
had matter for self-congratulation, cer
tainly; tho ttind was with us, not against
us; tho snow did not drive in our faces, but
seemed to raco us, to go as wo were go
ing, distancing, sailing past us in myriad
"We're nearing Stonobank junction," I
hoard him murmur. Tho engine slackened.
He blew his whistlo twice, a long warning
shriek, then a short peremptory call. I
saw the signal light before us, white, not
Wo steamed on, slightly increasing speed,
tho signal-post came to meet us, so it seemed;
then it struck me that a faint rosy
hue was on the snow at its
foot A dark mass seemed to loom
beforo us in motion, crossine our nath.
My companion made a startled ejaculation.
"Jump!" I shouted, as I leaped into tho
darknoss; I saw that ho had reversed, but
too late; in the twinkling of an oye, in less,
I heard the crash of timber, and tho escape
Staves stood to his engine and escaped
much better than 1 did. Besides a broken
leg and a contusion of tho shoulder, I had
internal injuries, I shall carry my scars as
long as I live, nor shall I evor bo tho same
man again. But there was another casualt':
tho engine had crashed into tho van of a
goods train killing tho guard on tho spot
For a mouth I was "a critical case."
while I lay hovering between lifo and
death, there had been an inquiry, resulting
in tho committal of my driver to tho as
sizes on a charge of manslaughter, heavy
bail being allotted.
I was anything but a sound man when I
took my placo in tho witness-box, my com
rade of that night in tho dock. Perhaps it
was my debility that caused mo to feel so
incousod against the counsellor prosecution.
Ho laid such stress on tho Into provalenco of
railway accidents. There was gro&s culpabil
ity; ho would go so far as to say tho man
had deliberately disregarded tho signal; ho
had counted upon getting over tho inter
secting line. When ho saw tho danger it
was too late to avert tho collision.
The opinion was that virtnally the ac
cused had no dofense. The signalman had
sworn to duo execution of his duty; a porter
corroborated him ; ho had seen tho red light
reflected on tho snow. I looked at tho jury
twelve heavy faces. Were I arraigned, I
should fear tho twolvo moro than tho be
wigged ono under tho royal arms. Twelve
eleven honest, one loss to liko, a vindictive
face, with defective crauial development
I was undor examination. "You were on
tho engine? It was a beating snowstorm,
tho wind at your back? You saw tho signal
light.' oh, imperfectly to you it appeared
to bo white? You caught a gleam of rosy
light cast on tho snow as you passod tho
post? You belioto that tho disc was coated
with snow obscuring tho red light;' Such
weio tho leading questions put mo by
counsel, tho last one creating somo sensation.
The judgo started, bent forward, tho faces
of tho suturnino jurymen seemed to indicate
minds stirred to coirviction, excepting ono
I ono face did not relax, tho mind was stub-
i born, illogical. Tho countenance was that
! of a beast of prey, tho mouth cruel, tho oyos
I hard and steely, tho ears indicating de-
! licioncy of fellow-feeling, human sympathy.
' Opposing counsel jumped to his feet, was
' checked a littlo by tho judge. He was to
1 remember that I was a wreck A witness
i was recalled. My conjectural opinion was
! strengthened rather than impaired by the
I flood of questions. Tho night was not frosty,
it became a thaw, its own weight would
eventually cany otr the accumulation of
snow on tho disc.
Tho jury retired. They ttero so long
away, another case was calloJ, and another
J jury empanelled. Just beforo this caso eon-
I eluded, tho judgo was communicated with,
j our jury had como to a decision.
' They entered the court, eleven
I conscious of tho load that would
bo litted oS a man's mind. Ono ir-
1 ritated, unreconciled, though ho had yielded.
1 He carried all this in his faco. This may
appear pure imagination. 1 had it latt-r
j from a juryman that eleven were uuaui-
1 mous on leaving the court, thut ho aiono
! held out This harJ-souled being was called
again. In every caso after, wheu ho formed
oi tuo jury, no carried nis point m
ono case tho judgo revealed his feeling on
tho matter, passing the extremely light
sentence, "to bo imprisoned until tho rising
of the court'' Tho accused was a young girl
feeling acutely her position. But to return.
Thero was a dead silence preceding tho
''Gentlemen of tho jury, have you agreed
upon your verdict:"
"Do vou find tho prisoner guilty or not
There was npplauso in the court, which
was suppressed, but scarcely visited with
hA very proper finding,"' commented tho
judgo, "tho evidoncc of ttio last witness m&
teriallv affected the case."
I heard a woman's passionato weaping. I
made my way out of tho court to grasp
poor Stnves' hand, and to offer him my
tincere congratulations; his wifo turnei to I
mo and grasped my hand. -To have had a !
husband killed was terrible enough, to i
havo another, :is good and as true, sent to
penal servitude" sobs choked her voica "I I
think," faltered she, "I should have needed
Poor wcmtui, I looked a
102 DOUGLAS AVE.
(IK 'CITIZENS BAXK BUILDING.)
Clothing, Hats, Gents
NOW GOING ON.
B. K. BROWN,
Furniture i Jewelrv.
DOUGLAS AVENUE, WICHITA, KANS.
100 Dozen. 100 Dozen.
Reduced to 50 cents.
$1.00 and $1.50.
Wichita City Roller Mills and Elevator.
ctcoktor vted isk.
-Manufacture the Foliott Isg Celebrated Eranrfs;
IMPERIAL, Roller Patent; WHITE ROSE, Extra Fancy; X.
MANHATTAN CLOTHING CO.
Herman & Hess, Proprietors,
E. C. & L R. COLE,
Real Estate Dealers,
329 Douglas av., E. Wichita.
OPPOSITE aiAXnATTAX HOTEL.
AIo the office or the
Carey Park Land Company,
Now is the time to buy lots in Cwev Park before
they are aih anewl.
E. C. & L. R COLE,
329 Douglas avenue. V.'ichita.
IIS. MARY KLENTZ,
Wholesale and Uetail Dealer in
ADIES' FURNISHING GOODS,
FULL STOCK OX HAND,
326 Douglas Avenue,
M. A. McKENZIE & CO.,
Repairing, Repainting and Tiimtnlng
Promptly Attended To.
City Trade Solicited and Satisfaction
) nrnMMfHf m --------- Jir
C. A. STAITORD.
T. F CLJMG
Wichita, IMayfield, "Wellington,
Harper, Attica, Garden Plain,
Anthony. Arkansas City, An-
aaie ana aven.
DR. WM. HALI
OVER WOODMAN'S BANK, 143 X MAIN ST.,
Continues to Miccfs-fully tier.t ail diearcsof women.
He does not do j;eneral practice, as he gles Ills entire
time to his specialties In the two jears he has been
In Wichita lie has cured hundreds of ladies in this
city and adjoining tow ns, any of whom will .spea'i in
the highest terms of las successful euro and gentle
manly treatment while under his eare. If any jien-on
aflliettd with. my of the follow ing dke.Tx-s will con
suit him first, time will lie gained, mci.cy saved anil
MISPLACEMENT, or Prolapsus of the Womb,
and all UTERINE 1 ROUELES,
POLYPUS AND riEP.OD TU3IORK.
cautiiv; too frequent, painful and irrcgul.ir menstru
ations, LEUCOERIICEA, etc.
Up also Micee'sfullv treats all kidney and bladder
trouble o! male and female, Mich as,
Toreisu IJodies in the Tll.idder and Urethra
causiu,j tw o f re'iuent and painful urinating, iu.d all
forms of PRIVATE,
such as Sjieroiatorrhcn, Imuelency, and all the un
pleasant j csults of such troubles.
SYPHILIS positively cured and entirely eradicated
from tho system.
GONORRIKEA cured In from three to eight days or
GLEET and STRICTURE cured in patients of ears
PILES and other diseases oC the genito urina-v or
pins quickly cured. He iruarantces all eur.ibio cai.
If he cannot cure j ou ho w ill plainly tell j ou so.
Remember that he is at his old oflice at 14S N 2nl:i
strict, oer Woodman's Rank, or address lock box
Lumber -:- Man
STAFFORD & CLEGG,
Real Estate and Loan Agents
Office south side Douglas ave, 2d stairway w of Lawrence.
H. W. KBNDLB,
FUENRAL -:- DIRECTOR,
And Dealer In
Wood, Cloth and Metalic Burial Gases
CASKETS, ROBES, GLOVES, CHAPE, ETC.
nave two fine hear-es. A prh ato telephone direct to Wichita Cemetery. Oftice abvaj s o;en on'DoiiRlas
n enue, Wichita, K.in?as. Prompt attention to orders by Telegraph.
F. W. SWAB,
(SUCCELSOR TO F. STACKMAN-)
These brands hare been oa the nj-irlvt enst, west, north and south for tea years, and they havo won an
enviable reputation wherever introdiKcd. To trv thcra U to stay with them. We are always in the market
for wheat at highest cash price.
OLIVER, IMBODE2T & CO.
BUNNELL I MOREHOUSE,
Real Estate and Insurance Agents.
.A., J., ife b.
F. E. E. LAXDS.
Bargains in city and county property. Our insurance companies are as
follows: tna, Liverpool, London, Globe, German-American. Insurance Corn-
North America, Hartford, Phcenix, of Hartford; Home, of New York;
Ex-County Trees 'r.
15. S, GAURI50N",
WOODCOCK, D0RSEY & CO.,
KM Ml, ABSmACTS k LOANS
Office, Dorsey Building, Opposite Court House,
H. L. TAYLOR
TAYLOR, BEACH & CO.
Real Mate Agents and Insurance Writes.
The Best Companies are represented by us. If you want an In
surance Policy written, or have Eeal estate for sale, or wish to Pur
chase, call on us.
LOANED ON FARMS OR CITY PROPERTY.
OFFICE OVER LEWIS' SHOE STORE.
Keeps on hand Fne Goods of the latest styles. The Ian
Satisfaction guaranteed. No trouble to show goods. (
rest stock in the '
yall and see me
'WwHIPIslSI fin (ml i2S23
STREET. WTOHITA. iKlA-uSr
Finest : Restaurant : in : Kansas.
WE MAKE A SPECIALTY OP THOI'iaU. WtCrT3
A.NI) ItARB CO.VFHCnOBS.
nud :i.U." Itoi.
GAXDOMft) A KOI,lTryrir.
&?.. llomm. N'w Kiowa, Ka.j
r-N" R Orders for ICK CBR.OI In nn flavor pork;
I in MoultH r,r Unite, promptly SMtnl.
F. W. SVv'AB, 1st door N of County Building.
BUY LOTS IN
A. II. MAXWELL. Ury Iltfillt
I -:- Hier's -:- Second -:- Addition.
Real Estate Dealers.
We havn property In cvr ilrsinM" I x-ititv It t'- l;i aHh lanp Il Farm I'roiwrf
mronirupoacaii gvt ur jiri , ati i wii(ir iirjjMTtjr Crw of ''hjmt."
-KOOit 1 KAC.LE wx-jc.
Km Ktolrw'nj fit of WlehltA NnttonV :nic.
DEAN & MAXWELL
These Lots are close to the City Limits, and are lying between Central Ave. J
and Second Street, east of town. These lots are for sale on cheap
- and easy terms. No coMecxe, Union depot or machine shops '
are to be built on them. For terms apply at
BUTLER & FISHERS HARD WAR
V. II D
'Vvhft pa p
i Y? IiUiUi-JUilu
110 DOUGLAS ATE.
.25 'West Douglas Avenue.
OF SEDGWICK COUNTY.
COLLEGE OF EMPORIA
EMPORIA, X A res AS.
Established in 1870.
A Complete Stock of Pine Lumbe.r
Shingles, Lath, Boors, Sash etc
always on hand.
Ortleo and vards on llr-kc: strc-: ltweou Doclss
a cnae anil Flrt street
EAGLE CORNICE WORKS.
Just aonh of tlie OcciJectaL
i ' in ' if' ii"ir"r v. mmTr i"-"v'TH1ML-'!fcif?ry r
i'EX TO BOTH KEXJ
THI: f uriiSES OF STUDY:
AKD TICK UTKRABV.
Liti- rlrnri-'l anrf Competent Teacbors: TiniroBg!!-
!. In Wort, Curriculum a Utzh a the
iK-t Uaftera CoIItts.
S! r I VL ADVANTAGES Ib ART, JfCSIC awl :ho
- EX?E5ES VEIiY RE.VS0XA3LE.
T- nrit w!on oirfTis on Wfnln;dav. S!Biezn-b-r--
Fall parUrnlsn and catalogs mzy If o
talneil addrcstn its prwidcat.
Rev John F. Hendy, D. D..
dCJ Sci EMP03LV. SAXSAJ.
a LOMSARD. Mi.. lr-4.)it
:XM L. U-RAl Vic PimtOns
face, aivl dsil uoi ilud it difKcult iq !1 eve
tor. J-thin 1 ito'.ptou iu Homo Chin-.tr!
1VuotI Tlaru Their ATiruiitlci.
lhero is no i o-ison to doubt that wools
have hai may bj called their atlinitiei
li hts ut'ii Ulle i on authority that has not
btvii t uttiouo 1, ;h is cvrtasn woods ,both
dryy v.iw:i jl.i vi m coijtact will sooa rot,
jt whta m contact villi other woods will
svtiot It would Le ivaonal'.o to sunnose
nut the nature oi n p:eca of wool has its j d&5rta5"'i spoa'Sap ,J"a,
liLe aud w-li&e tha- iz v,iil repulse and j riT"E&:haR:o and dtyJiras furntsbn!
attrac; in otuer nords, that it is affected
by tuai with which it comus in ojntact.
Wot it iot so, j i would l an cjccopt.oa ia
tho juiaera, antra tl. iul vecable kxaj
doius. Ncrth.vcstara Lumberman.
ICE ! ICE ! ICE !
DEPOT and OFFICE 124 WEST DOUGLAS AYE.
ICE Always on Hand at Depot.
.Orders for Shipment and
IN KANSAS STATE BANK BUILDING.
Moneiy on hand. No delay when security and
and. title are good. Bates as low as
ZGALL AND SEE US
GEO. E. SPALTON, Secretary.
N T NtFrrPLASTEILJ"r'uVR.
A.-.v OMVEK. VifWrT-vMs-n:.
. VT. XtUZVrwt. Ur4 turoirtt
Kansas Loan anil Investment Co,
caswel: & PT-CTTLET.
llacufsfurvr ff Glvanliei Ioa CorrJc. TIa.
IronacdMa'e Jtxanj:liy experienced tvorkKjec rt-
iodc Venn aea:cs
Tli AMlit.v f Yotins Hubnl.
A QOdl deal Is boin said I&Uly aboat the
ability i.f youns w to coot Th aWil
i;y of jouiv; huliar.d to provide them with'
soan-'lhin.; to cook ought cot to be entirely
kit cut of the qacation. Philadelphia Call
Contractor and Builder
nirt.-i onrt QriAn
ittioc ditu uuup
Telephone No. 128. S0HN & WILKIN. Money Always on Kand toLoanon F2im and City Property
S. D. PALLETT,
.n m-: c
OtS lYldlli ou
riRST-CLASS VTORS: at LOWTST PIUCES. EU
rutt ruraWl on fcicrt coat. vriCHITA, KAi".
Northern 1 Southern Pine Lumber,
LATH, SHINGLES, SASH-DOORS AND BL1HDS.
OyyiCS and VTHITK PIKE 7JMD TVVt Eu-lof EousUf ist
TEUjO'K" VtSS YAKD Acto It SavtU
Office In Wichita National Sank 'B-jUduz, icbiui, Kan.
- CRANE, - Real - Brfat
romi3Txs vox s. i
I4S Iftiln St., TVICH3!fA. 5
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