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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 04, 1912, Image 18

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By Alvah Jordan Garth.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Spick and span as a polished
toy, newly lacquered and metal
trimmed, old 96, crack locomotive
of the Overland Special, tooted to
a stop at Beachville. There it
took one passenger aboard, and
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"Hands Up."
then clanged on its way again, a
miracle of fife and beauty.
The engineer handled the lever
with the dignity of a man ruling
the destinies of a world. f His
foreman, the envy of all short run
operators along the line, fired the
coal into the blazing box like an
expert tossing a ball and enjoy
ing it. It was a big1 thing to run
the handsome twenty-four-wheel
er!. The proudest man among the
train crew, however, was Jack
Danby, and the most delighted
passenger was the one just taken
aboard Jack's father. Gray,
grim and very much set in his
uiu-iaiiiiuneu iarmer ways, nc-
was 'considerablv excited overv'
taking his first ride of conse
quence behind the iron horse.
Jack had started in at railroad
work four years before the pres
ent time. He had worked his way
up to a very good salary, and was
now assistant express messenger
on the Mountain run. His father
was anxious to visit his brother, m
who lived two hundred miles
away. At first, stubborn in his
ideas as to time-honored usages,
he was bent on making the jour
ney on horseback. The prospect
of a free ride influenced him, how
ever, and here he was, an honored
guest of his son in the express
"There's a cushioned chair for
you, father," said Jack, opening
the side door the six inches per
mitted by the protection chain,
"jus't view the scenery and make
yourself comfortable."
"You must be a great favorite,
Jack, to get a job in the very first
car of the train. What's that iron
box in the corner?" asked the old (
"That's the express company's
safe," explained Jack..- "We're
carrying the pay roll of two sec
tions tonight. I presume there's
a .quarter of a million dollars in
that safe."
"And something else, Jack!"
laughed his mate, Dave Hardy,

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