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coal, which burned like tinder.
The light caboose swung after its
groaning pilot like the tail of a
kite. Then there was a whiplash
sway and the engine cleared a
bridge just as a break in a dam
carried it? rentpr nipr nwav.
fe "We've made it," panted Doc,
as tney rounaea a mil ana came
in sight of Clay City, to see the
Night Express on the rival road
steaming down the rails a mile
distant. "They've given her the
right of way," he shouted, as they
neared the interlocking tower.
"You must stop that train,"
cried the railroad magnate.
"I'm going to," said Doc grim-
He never let up on his speed.
Squarely across the tracks of the
incoming train the giant engine,
battered, ice coated, a brave
wreck, crashed the gates to kin
dling wood and halted squarely,
a barrier to the oncoming express.
The official jumped from 101,
ran to the halted train, waved his
hand to Doc, and the dripping
engineer knew that he had won
It was the talk of the road next
morning. It was known that up
on the Night Express was a rail
road king, whom the president of
the Southern had to intercept be-
m fore he reached the city. A first
interview witn mm DiocKea-a ten
million dollar deal wMl a rival
Two days later the president of
the road walked into the dog
house. Doc sat patiently awaiting
"Newton," called out the offi
cial, advancing and extending his
hand, "there's a check for a thou
sand dollars going through the
mails for you from headquarters.
You can go to work tomorrow on
the regular list."
"What, locomotives," asked
''Newton," replied the mag
nate, with a grim smile, "I
wouldn't trust you with the old
est rattletrap on the road. After
that dash three nights since, big
as it was, I see that you would
make the slowest accommodation
a regular limited. No, -you start
in at $2,500 a year as division in
spector." "Ruth," observed Doc to his
fiancee an hour later, "the presi
dent of the road won't" trust me
with a locomotive because I in
sist it show its paces. You will
trust me with the nicest little wife
in the world, though, won't you?"
"Meaning me?" smiled Ruth
lovingly. "Do you think I'm not
proud of the honor? You showed
what real running was anyway,
and you are the only man on the
road that could do it."
"I was only acting the part of
peacemaker," explained a pris
oner. "But you knocked the man
senseless," the magistrate pointed
out. "I did," was the answer.
"There was no other way to get
His Friend What part .did
you find most trying when you
Were on the stage? Footlights
Trying to live up to the salary I
told my friends I was drawing.