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A TERRIBLE RIDE WITH A MANIAC
THE EXPEIJIENCE OF A RAILROAD MAN.
A FIREMAN'S FlItST TRIP OUT COMES KEAR liEINO JUS LAST, ON ACCOUNT
OF THE ENGINEER KUDDENIA' LOSING JUS MIND.
T EEOAN lifo on one of ilic lig rnil
) vnys of tho States ns a " cleaner " in
-L an cngino filled. I hud been employ
ed in the shed at Louisville for about fif
teen or sixteen months, whou I -veut on
ray lirnt trip as fireman.
It was very near being my last.
I firmly believe all tho years of flying
abont in an express since I was made
engineer havo not taken as much out of
mo as that single run of an hour and a
half. It occurred in this way :
One evening the superintendent at
Louisville received a wire from "Weston
a station about seventy miles down
once put his foot down there was no get
ting him to budge until his humor
AVe were now coming close upon Water-
ford Station and had already done about
live and twenty miles of the journey
Ben's eves wove f3t.il I upon the track. Jt
was clear ahead, yet I expected to we him
close the throttle and slow down while
passing through the station
But I was mistaken. With a roar and
a rush we clashed right through, and the
next minute we were tearing along a level
stretch on the other side.
More coal!" Not only the words
themselves, but the manner in which
the line to send on an engine to replace they were ut tered, caused me serious
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one which had broken down. He came
to the shed and selected the " General
Grant," one of the finest locomotives on
the road. Then he sent word to the en
gineer and fireman to come on duty, and
start on their journey at 7 o'clock.
The driver, Ben Norris, was there in
good time and busied himself with his
oil-can. But Jim "West, the fireman, did
not turn up punctually.
At last, when it was near the hour of
starting, he came into the shed
alarm. I began to suspect that something
was wrong. Still, if I hesitated it might
only aggravate him, so 1 flung m a small
"jo on go on I"
What was I to do ? I didn't dare to re-
fuse. The wild look in Norris' eyes fright
ened me, and I went on shoveling ia the
fuel. I glanced at the cuage. Great
Heavens t it marked 2o0 ! This pressure
of steam where no cars were attached to
the engine meant a fearful rate of speed.
lhe engineers manner was Btrangely
Ono glance of his bloodshot eyes and altered. Instead of being silent and mo
rose, be whs now excited and talkative.
"That's it!" he cried, and I could
barely catch the words above the roaring
of the engine. Now we re traveling!
Ha ; Ha ! J lie President faster than the
Grant?' Not likely! I'll catch up to her
yet, see if I don t!"
As 1 stood there clinging for support to
the side of the cab, the awful truth flashed
through my mind. The engineer was mad !
And, worse still, he was under the delu
Hion that the " President " was on in front
With this insane idea in his head he de-
unsteady walk showed me he was the
worse for drink. Poor fellow ! I knew
the cause of this and from the bottom
of my heart I pitied him. The week be
fore ho had lost his little daughter Kate.
and to drown his grief he had taken the
mg on duty, and I also knew that if he
was discovored in this state it would
mean instant dismissal.
There was only ono thing for it; an
other fireman must bo found immedi
ately. If the matter was referred to the
superintendent, it would be all up with termined to try the speed of the two en
my triend Jim. Prom that moment I
made up my mind to take his place my
I gave hiai in charge of one of my
mates, w ho promised to take him quietly
lwme. I thought that in a few hours
he would have slept off the effects of the
liquor, and I left word to have him
come on by the night tram to Weston,
I had to explain matters to the engineer
but he made no objections to my plan
It struck me at the time that he took
the thing very coolly : in fact he seemed
perfectly indifferent as to who went with
Time was up. I took my place in the
cab. Norris set to work at once and we
moved slowly out of the shed. We were
While in the station I took care to
keep bending down, as if examining the
tire, so that 1 should not be recognized
But once clear of the town I stood up'
right and looked around,
It was a glorious summer eveniug. We
skimmed past meadows and corn fields
and then dashed along the bridge over
the river. I- began to think I -would
enjoy the run immensely,
I next turned my attention to the en
gine. As 1 ran my eye over the shin
ing machinery I felt gratified to think
that its neat order was chiefly owing to
my care. I was proud of the " Grant"
and wondered if the time would ever
come when I should have charge of it
l was so elated tuat i tnougiit my
companion ought to be more lively.
Ben seemed to think of nothing but his
work, lie stood with his hand on the
throttle and his eyes fixed steadily upon
the track ahead. I made oue or two re
marks, but ho scarcely answered me.
"While I was wondering at his tilencehe
suddenly appeared to rouse himself.
Ho danced at the steam-guage, raufr
tored something which I did not under
stand, then bent Jowu and examined the
"More coal!" he cried in a voico that
almost startled me,
I complied without a word. Instead
of throwing in the coal recklessly,
which I knew would only deaden the
lire, I piled it up carefully around the Pre
sides. Very soon the speed ol tne en
trine increased. We were rattling along
at a grand rate. I examined the guage
and saw that the hand pointed to 195.
I could not seo the necessity for this
i i ?
My feist impulse, when I had partly
recovered from the shock was to spring
forward and grasp the reversing-rod. But
a moment's reflection showed me that
this might instantly seal my doom. Nor
ris would have grappled with me, and if
it came to a struggle, 1 was lost. He
would fling me headlong from the en
Then another thought occured to me.
Heaven forgive me! but I must strike
him from behind in order to save my life.
I looked around for a weapon. As I did
so he seemed to guess what I wag .it, and
turning round, thrust Ins hand into his
breast, lhe next moment he field a re'
volver towards nie, while his blazing eyes
threatened instant death, it 1 did not tie
After that I gave myself tip for lost
Unless Providence interposed in my .be
half a horrible end awaited me. Up to
this I had felt the heat oppressive, but
now I shivered. My hands were cold and
clammy. A band ot iron seemed to en
circle my head
On we tore, the engine swaying tear-
full.. Every moment I expected to bo
blown to atoms by the bursting of the
boiler,. Norris'never ceased to rave about
the race with the " President." And yet
though he was so absorbed in his work,
he kept hia eye on me trie whole time,
lhen it was that an idea Hashed across
me. A taint tiope sprang up m my mind
I must overcome him by cunning; it was
the only chance !
1 aovanced to examine the indicator,
uiw tlinmrli m r nu'irr ttnnlr n-hnn 1 aaw
the hand quivering at 250 1 made it appear
as u I were delighted.
"Good," 1 cried, " we'll beat her yet!
But we want more coal.
I made toward the tender, placed my
left hand upon a lump of coal and struck
it across the back with the sharp edge of
the shovel, lhe blow left a gash trom
which the blood came lrcely. 1 nave a
cry, and Norris instantly turned round.
1 held up my hand that he might see
the blood dripping from it. Then I stood
with my back toward him and pretended
to bind up the wound. But 1 only wrap
ped a handkerchief around it, and quick
as hehtmuc drew out niv nocket-book.
I tore awav the leaves which were writ
ten, on and placing the book upon my
knee, scrawled these words across tne hrst
Fork, and there would be time enough
for the officials at that station to grease a
portion of the rails before we came on
tlio scene, Should tins be done on any
sort of an incline the wheels would slip
on the track, and the engine would come
to a stand-still,' It was with a thrill of
joy I remembered that there was such a
piece of road just outside Bed jork Station.
But if it turned out otherwise, and we
passed the place without being stopped, I
resolved to lose no time in grappling with
the engineer. Come what might, I would
spring upon htm and try to wrench the re
volver from his hand. The case would
then be desperate; and it was as well to
die in a fight for life as to wait patiently
and be mangled in a collision.
When I arranged all this in my mind
I endeavored to resign myself to fate. I
could do no more at present. But the
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agonies l suneieo (Hiring inav snort run
from Weston to Red Fork I can never
describe. The terrible Btrain of sus
pense, the wild rush, tho swaying from
side to side, made me feel sick andiaint.
I clunir on without during to look on
either hand; If 1 had done so, I think I
could not have withstood the temptation
to fling inyseli from the enjrine.
It was getting dusk. 1 was dimly con
scious ot hedges, telegraph poles, and
bridues gkiinming past me like so many
flashes. The hoarse shouts of the mad
man made my blood run cold. He seem
ed to be working himself into a regular
Red 1'ork one mile ahead.
One minute more would decide the
question of life or death.
L drew my breath hard ; . trembled like
a child. We had reached the incline
The engine went at it with a dash.
glanced out to see if any friendly figures
were on the track.
Not a soul was in sight ! I groaned and
almost fell on the floor of the cab. The
surrounding objects eeem to fade from
my view and in their place rose a pict
ure ot the old home away in England.
I saw the little cottage, I looked into my
"Oh. thank God!"
Never before nor since did such a cry
of joy escape jne, for -at that moment I
felt the wheels of tfie engine slip.
Gradually the furious speed declined
Norris dashed about the cab storming and
swearing. Very soon we were almost
at a stand-still. The next second I had
jumped to tho ground.
Only just in time, lhe madman had
turned savagely upon me. I suppose sus
peotmg that I had something to do with
the stoppage. I aw his purpose and
ducked my head as a bullet from his re
volver whizzed over it. Then I ran for
dear life down the track.
When I was we! lout of range! sat upon
the bank, completely overcome, lhe re
action was too much forme, andl believ
for a minute or two 1 was quite uncon
scions. But before I became insensible
heard another report from the pistol.
knew what had happened 1
1 was aroused by a contused hum ot
yoices. Upon opening my eyes I saw tou
men standing around me. I got up at
once and we hurried back to tho engine
There stood the 'Grant" upon the
track with full speed up, the wheels re
volvingwith trighuul rapidity, but witl
out making the least headway.
Ono ol mv companions sprung on boar
and shut off steam. Then he came to th
side and looked down and exclaimed
"I say, boys, Norris has put a bullet
through his head.1'
I knew it. Chatter.
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My companion's attention was again nisl1e '
fixed upon tho road before him. I're- otHcia8i Amj the engi
sently he turned toward me and ex- Btation ike g rockl,t
Driver mud ! Wire : ' Crease rails.'
Then holding it in my injured hand,
thrust it under my jacket and returned to
the engineer s side.
We were now rapidly approaching
Weston, but 1 knew that Norris did not
intend to stop. Ami 1 was right. He
as if to startle the
engine shot through the
claimed excitedb :
" Who says the ' Grant 'is not the fast
nt, mi trine on the road ?
" Moxly declared that the ' President '
vi faster." I replied,
"Then fie lied 1" cried Norris. " The
Prriilrnt' is faster? we shall see, we
sinui bug i
But I managed to drop my pocket-
book at the side of the track.
I didn't dare to look back or make the
slightest sign to the Weston officials. If
I had done so I certainly would have got
a bullet through me. .Still I fancied I
had caught a glimpse of a man hurrying
forward to where tne book had talfen.
I thought his manner very strange, to The euspense was terrible, liven if they
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uiw tne least, oi il.
ttavs and said nothiug. He was always
Im-pd rather eccentric. Besides,
" i,o wfia wftsilv excited, and could not
i,nr lft imtradicted. Still, thero
wn not ft driver on the line better ac
n-nnintWI with his business,
And. bv the way, I have forgotten to
n v a word as to his appearance. W ell,
noticed the pocket-book, thev might not
be able to understand what was written
inside, for it way be imagined that un
der the circumstances the scrawl was
1 had made ud mv mind whattoexnect.
Tho next station was Red Fork, about
fifteen miles further on. I was sure the
track would be clear as far as this place,
but once past it we might encounter an
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