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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 30, 1912, Image 15

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$. An Incident as Told by a Rail-
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- Conductor Carter stepped into
the caboose of the westbound
hf freight, a slip of yellow paper in
IIl his hand. He shook the rain from
rttr nr ntln e3i- nmim Annfbcc-
410 -P V UU Wilt J. uui v-oo-
ipg the red-haired flagman sitting
, in thcopposite side of the caboose
lie said, "Mulligan, was you in
tendin' to go up to Magnolia to
night on 1 ?"
"Sure I was"," replied Mulligan.
Why?" .
"Oh, nothin' only youyain't go
in'j for the track, is washed out
from Mineral Hill clear up to Rel
Oak; This train wont 'leave the
sidin' tonight, Mulligan;"
Oh, Lord, cried the flagman.
"An'l promised my girl I'd be up
for sure tonight. Ain't that
tough luck, now?"
"Oh, I don't know, Mulligan.
Worse things than that might
happen. Did I ever tel you fel
lows abo'ut the time when I was
telegraph"1 operator back home?"
Sheridan' said ' Mulligan, "ex-
ul cepfrto take my flag and get out."
& ' "wtxm :.- uiA c . t. ..
"butMt'-s oq the level, all right I
"was night man at Green's Sidin'.
it It wdSivery lonesomehere, and
W nobody to talk to except the rail
road tnen'tnat cameim vvbout 10
miles' east"4 of our place" wis An
derson's "Sidin'. The "operator
there was" a fellow by the name of
Billy; Davis, with whom I used
1 .sometimes to talk over the wire
so I wouldn't get sleepy.
"About half way between
Green's and Anderson's there was
a small stream called 'Mill run.
The bridge over this creek wasn't
much of a bridge, but they ran
heavy freights 'over it and there
had never been'any trouble, but at
this timcof year the MaYch floods
made the creek carry on like a
young "Mississippi. ,
"Well, one night about 9
o'clock,, while at my desk, I began
to feel creepy and nervous I
tried to' shake it off, but no use,
so I calle!d'"Billy up. When'he an
swered 'Hello, Sheridan,' I tried
to answer him, "but couldn-'t.
"I made one final effort and was
going to tell BilI that all w"ks
right, but this is what I really
said: 'Mill Run bridge' down.
Hold 29.' Somehow I seemed to
feel better; after saying this, al
though had no earihly reason
for making such 'abatement, t
. s .
"An hour later I received this
message fronrBill: 'If you had
been one minute Jater, Sheridan,
with your message, they'd be
fishing dead menWt of Mill Run
creek. And he told the truth, too,
foi: thobridge had given way just
as 29 was scheduled, to pass over
it. y ,
'" "I clon't know whether it was a
pretnamtion or not, but this is
how some of the railroad boys ex
plainedrit to me:
'It seenis that many years be-t
fore I ever -was pution at 'Green's'
Sidin', the operator at that place
1 was takensuddenjv'ill tme night,
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