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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 07, 1913, Image 15

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" 'Slow her down, Joe !' I yelled
at him, and he turned and cursed
me and looked out on the line and
began muttering something.
There wasn't much danger, but I
knew if Joe made the trestle at
thirty miles he wouldn't last
overnight as a driver for the
Chesapeake & Elcelsior. Then,
all at once, he staggCred back in
to the cab and a second later the
brakes were down and the train
screeched and whined as it came
to a halt fifty feet from where the
trestle begins.
'"'Joe!' 1 yelled, but his face
was whiter than paper. 'Bill
Jones," he said slowly, turning his
eyes on mine, 'as I'm a man I saw
Nellie on the line again!'
"I looked out. I couldn't see
nothingYou're dreaming, Joe,' I
said. But he wouldn't touch the
throttle again ; just stood rocking
and moaning and muttering, Nel
ly!' Then I thought maybe some
other kid had got under the
"A minute later the president
was climbing along the foot
board, with some of his guests. I
wanted to save Joe. I told them
he had seen something on the
line. They looked, the whole
party of them ,but they couldn't
find nothing. When they come
back I couldn't keep thejn from
seeing him no longer, and one
look was enough. Joe was blind
drunk and in charge of the
president's train.
"Can you take her into Tap
ham?" he asked me. I could, but
at the words Joe was at me like
a madman. It would have been
as much as niy life was worth to
try. And nobody wanted to
tackle a drunken giant like Joe.
So, as it was only half a mile, and
the line would be clear for an
hour to come, the whole party
started to foot it into town.
"Well, friend, the trestle was
down. There was a piece twen
ty yards long nipped clean out of
the middle by the freshets. That's
all. If Joe had run that train on
to the trestle the whole party
would have gone sheer into King
dom Come. No, I'm not drawing
any conclusions only, that's
how it come that Joe quit drink
ing and still drives his engine."
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
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I irk i I
Comedian The people want
something fresh. I'll have to get
up a few new jokes. H'm, that
one about the hen crossing the
road I'd better change that one,
to a duck.

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