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I I thought 'twas tlio time you meant."
THE ENGINEER'S STORY;
Wliy "Merlin's Fireman" Rocomi-
mended Ilia Engineer.
Did you ever hear of a railroad presi
dent running an hroman on an., engine?
Well, I know of ono who did. and, it
you've pot time to listen, to it,. L'll tell'
yon tho story now while F smoke
this cigar you were kind' enough, to give
It was along in. the summer of '85 that
I was firing on a single track, one-horse
road, that runs up from Junction City
through the woods to Georgetown; a
matter of a hundred and ton 'miles.- The
road was mostly owned by a-man named
Thedford William R. Thedford-- who
was presidont and .superintendent all in
one. I had boon firing on. the road for
two years back; all the time with one
engineor, Bob Hunter by name, and- a
finor man never lived. I suppose it
would be only natural for mo to speak
well of Bob, anyway, for I was clean
head ovor ears inr lova with his pretty
daughter Molly; and was only waiting
lor a bit of raise in, my pay to make her
Mrs. Jim Martin. Thought didn't see
any chance for that raise whore I was,
I didn't like to leave and go on another
road, for that would take me away ffom.i
Ono day Bob' says to me: '
"Jim, ain't you and Molly never goinr
to get married?
"Just as soon as l ean got ray raise,"
says I; "but I don't sec how I'm going to
gtji ic nere.
"Why don't, you go." and ask: Billy?"
You sco Billy was what wo always
called Mr. Thedford behind bis back,
of course, for I warrant you wo were
mighty polito to his face.
"He won't do any thing for me, ? says
I,' "for you. know cthor one of the
cleaners up to Georgetown' would bo
v glad enough to jump into my place, and
he ain't a-going, to give mo a raise just
to pleaso me."
"Well, says Bob, "it won't do any
hurt to try it." '
So next day I. washed up and went to
the company's otlice and asked for Mr.
Thedford. After a few minutes ho sent
word for mo that he would see me, and.
in I wont. There ho sat a large,
hoavily-built man,' with large si&o
whiskers and a pair of gold-rimmed eye
glasses on his nose.
"What is it,. my man? I'm very busy,"
So I up and told him what I wanted.
"How much, aro you getting now?"
"TcVnf tr.fiira o nn Vi ,r oawo T
Then ho pursed up bis lips, and hem
mod and hawed a little, and saysr
"I don't sco hew we can give you any
thing more, my eood fellow. Yours is
not a very responsible position; merely
ono that requires a little bodily
strength. And wo can find plenty of
men who would bo only too glad to tako
jour place at that salary."
With that ho turned to a letter ho-was
writing, and I .knew I had'no more busi
I tell you I "felt pretty soro to bo told
it didn't take much to know how to fire
an engine, and I came mighty near
throwing my job up and trying to got in
en anothor road. But Molly persuaded
mo to hold on a littlo longer.-
Now before I come to tho particular
point in this yarn I want to tell you a
littlo about, the road. I have said it
was a singlo track' road running from
Junction City to Georgetown. The lat
ter place was a little town of five or six
hundred inhabitants; but in summer a
great many Chicago people came up
thore, and so I suppose tho road paid.
Anyhow, Thedford, who had a summer
place there, was rich, enough to run tho
road for himsolf alone, if ho wanted to.
Bob lived at Georgetown and I boarded
with him; Our trips began at eight in
the morning, and we generally ran tho
hundred' and ten miles in fivo hours.
Then at three in the afternoon wo came
back, getting' homo at eight. As soon
as wo reached the' round-house at
Georgetown our day's work was over,
for the cleaners took the engine then,
cleaned and polished her and laid fire all
zeady to start next morning.
Well, as 1 said,. I hung on to my job,
hoping that something would turn up
that would give mo a lift, till one day in,
August. ' Tho whole summer had been'
uncommon hot, but that day went ahead
of anything I ever saw. Of course,
while wo were running wo had a breeze,
hut tho minute wo stopped it seemed as
if we were in a furnace; and naturally,
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didn't ' improve things any. On the
homo trip Bob was taken sick and had
all ho could do to hold out till we got to
tbe homo station.- when ho got home as
oon as possiuio.
Alter the train was
emptied I ran tho engine to the round
Vohro oxooctinsj to go straight home and
Eufc when! hadrun' the engine in, the
first thing, I saw was my two cleaners
laid out on a heap of ashes doad drunk.
Here was a pretty mess,, for it would
certainly take mn-until midnight to get
tho machino in proper trim for tho next
day's run-, and. ; hot, greasy job it was ia
any weather, hut on such a night as that
was it was frightful to think of. How
ever, there was.no holp for it, and I
stated in;. I had" barely mado a begin
ning when.! hoard some one coming in
tho door.. Looking- np, I saw it was
Billy Thedford. In a vory excited voice
ho askod wimro Ifunter was.
"Home," U said;: "and so sick he can't
hold his head" up.""
"My God!'" saict he; "I shall be
Then ho went? on to say that if he
wasn't in Chicago next day, some deal,
I think ho called it, would fall through,
and it would coi him a quartor of a
"Thore'sa train, goo through Junc
tion; City at 11:15 that'll get you to Chi
cago in. timo,!' says I. !
"What good'll that do mo?" says he..
"I've been awayfor two days, and only
just now got tho telegram. If Huntor
was here ho might got me down, but as
it is, I might as well go homo, and let
tho money go."
"Mr. Thedford," says I, "Bob is siok,
but Lean-run this machine to Junction
City in timo to' connect with tho train
you want; but you will havo to fire for
mo, as my two cleaners are drunk, as.
you seo, and there isn't anothor man in
this village know.s tho engine from tho
I hope tho Lord has forgiven me that
lie, for there were two or three men
that could havo fired all right, but it
struck mo all of a sudden that here was
a flno chanco to get even with Billy,
and let him seo whether it took any
know-how to, firo an- engine for a hun
dred and. ton- miles- It so happened
that we had wooded up on the.home trip
at a littlo station thrco miles from
Georgetown, so wo had plenty of fuel
aboard to make tho run with-
"Can you do it?" says ho. "Remem
ber, it is a hundred and ten miles, and
it is 8:30 now, so you have only two
hours and' a half to make the run that
generally takes double that time."
"I can do it," says I, "if you (will just
jump aboard, pull off your coat, and. do
just as I tell you."
No sooner said' than dono, and in- ten
minutes- we had' the old ongine on the
turn-table, turned her around, aad woro
If the road was rough when wo- ran at
our usual speed, that night, making
double timo, it was just awful. As wo
flew around the curves it seemed as if
wo should leave tbe track at every turn
of the drivers, and tho poor old machin
ery rocked and swayed so that, used as I
was to it, I could hardly keep on my
seat by tho lover.
If it was hard, on me what must it
have beeri to. old Billy?
I could hardly keep from laughing in
his face,, as I watched him, and heard
him groan, as. ho handled; tho heavy
sticks wo used for fuel.
Tho heat of the weather, added to
that of the furnace and the unusual
work,' made him look as if ho was. in a
Turkish bath. Tho water ran down his
face, his "Stilt whito collar hung down on
his shoulders like a wot rag, and his
beautiful; smooth shirt-bosom looked a3
if some ono bad . thrown a pail of dirty
water over him. His hands wore torn
and cut, from handling the wood, and
take it altogether, ho was the most un
likely looking railroad president I ever
saw. unco in awnuo i naa to snout at
him to lay the wood more even in the
furnace, and would toll him he would
getthe knack of it in timo. Whenever
he tried to rest I told him we were los
ing, steam, and if bo wanted to catch
that train, ho musn't let up on the work.
If I had thought to hitch a car on when
we started j wo could have run much
smoother; but it was too late to think of
that now, and so, on wo rushed, now
through woodland, now past grain fields,
lurching- first to one sido and then to the
other, until I expected every minute to
land wrongsido up in the ditch. How
ever, luck was with us that night, and
we pulled up at Junction City' at just
eleven. Toor old Billy could hardly
climb down from tk' cab, but he man
aged to gasp out:
"Come up to my ofilco at two o'clock
I learned afterward that, finding the
Chicago train was behind time, he hunt
ed up a clothing store and rigged him
self out so as to look like a civilized
man, which ho didn't whon he left me.
I managed to find a fireman who was
willing to make the run back with me,
and I finally got home at three o'clock,..
and finding the cleaners a little Bobered
upj got to bed as soon as possiblo, for I
was clean played out I told Bob about
my trip next day, and thought he would
die laughing to think of old Billy play
ing fireman. But all he said was:
"I'm afraid that'll settle your hash,
Jim, for he'll find out that you worked
him moro than was needed-"
The next (Saturday, at two o'clock, I
reported at th president's office, won
dering whether I was going to bo re
warded for my extra work or kicked out
for ray impudence.
When I entered the office, there sat
the old man spick and span as ever, and
showing no signs of hi3 hard work.
"Well, young man," says ho, "yon
helped mo out tho other night, but 1
wouldn t go Uirougn tne same exper-
' ienco again for ten thousand dollars. At
the same time, I think you were trying
to got eve n with mo for not doing as
jou asked mo to do about your silary,
nd I hay concluded that this road can
dispense with your services."
At this my heart went down into my
boots, for I can tell you it isn't an easy
thing to got a new job when you can't
bring a recommend from your last plac.
Then he went on to say:
'I have a letter hora from the upr
intendent of tho Chicago and Western,
asking me if I can recommend to them
an engineer who has a sharp eye and
cool head, to run their now fast night
express. I have written in reply that I
can recommend such a man, one Jamos
Martin, who will report for service Sep
tember first. The pay will be one hun
dred dollars a month. I may add to
you privately that I shall never apply
to you for the position of fireman.
That's all there is to my story. Molly
and I were married, and went to Chicago
to live. I took the new train, and have
brought her in on timo every trip I've
run; so you can see l'vo a pretty good
record with tho company. I've never
soen Billy since, and I don't boliovo ho
wants to see me; for Bob told me the
last timo I saw him that they all called
the old man "'Martin's Fireman;" that
he know it, and naturally didn't like it.
There's my mate signalling for me now,
sir,' and I must go. Arthus Dodge, in
N. Y.. Lodger.
AN OLD MAID'S QUEST.
Kow Sh Started Out to Hunt a Husband,
Some years ago, after I had worked up
a case in a town in Ohio, a woman called
at tho hotel one day and askod to see
me. I found her to bo a spinster, about
fifty years old, wearing; the traditional
ringlets and eye-glasses, and as stiff as"
a crowbar in her demeanor. She, too,
had an original way of arriving at the
point. After introducing herself she
"I am rich. Some folks call me eccen
tric, but I am simply sensible. I wish
to travel, and I wish to hire you as my
escort. You will be my employe, and I
shall exact the most formal respect of
you. I may need you for a year, or may
not, but I will hitfo you for that length
After a littlo talk we arrived at figures
satisfactory to both. She lived in a town
twenty miles away, and she gavo her
self a woek to got ready in. At tho end
of that timo I reported for duty, and
found her ready to start.. 1 She had
two fair-sized trunks for baggage, and
she directed me to buy tickets to New
York. She didn't say how much money
sho had, how long she was going to stay,
or give me any other particulars. I
oboyed directions, and in duo time we
arrived in Gotham and put up at a first
class hoteL I acted as her guide and
escort, but such was bur demeanor to
ward each other that no one could have
made out the relationship. She seemed
to argue that if she dropped formality
for a moment I might propose marriage,
and it was "sir" on every possible occa
sion. Sho settled tho hotel bill herself, but
gave me money to buy tickets to Boston
after a stay of twenty days. We were
in Boston a fortnight and then went to
Tlartford, and there I got tho first inkling
,of hor idea in making the tripi She
sent for mo to como to the ladies' par-
I lor, and whon I arrived sho began.
"Mr. Jewott, you havo noticed the
portly man seated on my righi at the
"Blue eyes and bald-headed, and looks
"I wish you to ascertain whother he it
married or a widower."
That evening I reported to her that
tho bald-headod man was a widower
and in the real estato business ia an in
"Very well, sir," she stifily replied.
"you may now retire and I will send for
you when I want you."
After that I watched hor at meal time,
and I soon caught on to the fact that she
had "set her cap" for the widower. It
was laughable to see her try to ape tho
girl of twenty, and in tnroo days every
body in the dining-room had caught on
and was giving her tho guy. The old
gal knew hor gait, however, and in about
a week I got an order to show up again
in the parlor.
"Mr. Jowett," she said, as I stood be
fore hor, "I I tbimk that Mr. Sampson
rath rather likes mo."
,4You may say to him that I am worth
$80,000 in cash and bonds, never have
been married, and that his appearance
I managed after a day or two to get in
with Mr. Sampson and convey this in
formation, and I saw that it bit him
right between tho eyes. Two hours
later he called on her, and three days
after his call she sont for mo to say:
"Mr. Jewett, you will accompany me
home, where I will pay you your salary
for the year. Mr. Sampson and I are
And three months later they were
married, and it turned out to bo a happy
match. N. Y. Sun.
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