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ANOTHER HOLIDAY SEASON FINDS US IN THE BEST STORE WITH THE BIGGEST
STOCK AND LARGEST TRADE IN ABILENE. LOOK AT' OUR BARGAINS.
Our Clothing Department has. just re
ceived a large line of Youths' and Men's
Suits from cheapest to lincst. Our Chicago
buyer got bargains on them and we arc al
most giving them away.
A few more of those splendid sum trie
Ovorcoats, direct from manufacturers, left.
Wonderful values. You must see them.
Hats, Caps, Mittens, Everything for a
man'B wardrobe. Give us an inspection.
n n pa H w5: tei n IWI M "IP (A n M
THE WOMAN IN BLACK.
Aa Englnoor'n Btranco Btory of a
Traveling recently from Chicago tn
New York, I found In tho morning
upon crawling out of my berth tliut
the train was standing stock iitllL Tho
porter told mo that It hnd been stand
ing thus for an hour and a half, while,
1 had been alcoplng tho sleep of tho just
"IVcljfht train dono unpscd up on do
trade ahead," sulci tho porter. "1 reckon
we don get out o' hero under auuddcr
hour or two."
I dressed and peeped out aud saw wo
were alongsldo tho platform of n coun
try station. I took u good breakfast lu
the dining car and then went out to
stroll up and down tho platform-.
Presently I went to tho locomotive
and stopped to admire It. Thoro Is
nothing much bettor to look at, for
that matter, thau the locomotive of ono
of theso through express trains on tho
great trunk lines. How It throbs as It
stands, straining with pent-up power,
as If Impatient to leap away at fearful
This ono was hissing fiercely, while
the measured thud of tho air pump
sounded as If It might bo the regular
breathing of a sleeping giant.
In tho cab sat tho engineer ulone,
waiting. I stopped and gossiped with
him a moment ubout tho engine Then
I offered him n cigar, which ho took,
with thanks, and asked me to como lu.
1 swung myself Into his cab.
The engineer n bright, pleasant
faced man, about forty yoars old ex
plained to me tho uses of tho numerous
valves and levers about him. They
were all as bright and shining us polish
could uiako them, fur tho engineer Is us
proud of his engine ns nny housewife la
of tho neatness of her dwelling. 1
glanced at tho two shining steam
gauges with tho clock between them,
and then 1 noticed ivlmt .Mmmi in im
an ordinary whlto moth, mounted In a.
nut iiuiuo, uuugiug aguinsi mo wail ol
"Is that for ornament?" I usked,
pointing at the moth.
Tho engineer smiled. "Well, partly
for ornament," ho said, "but u good
deal moro for sentiment, I put that
moth there because It saved my llfo und
tho lives of two hundred aud fifty peo
plo as well."
"How In tho world iliuld an Insect
save human lives?" I asked.
"Well, I'll tell you, If you want to
hear tho story. I reeknn flmrt.v Hmn
enough before we're ablo to get out of
I settled myself lu tho absent fire
man's seat, and prepared to listen.
"It wasn't such a long time ago," said
tho tnglneerj "only a year ago last
spring, I was runnlug this very train,
and had this very engine old 440. My
fireman v as Jim Meade samo fellow
l'vo gilt lioiv. You can see him uvar
there, leaning tip against the telegraph
"Jim Is a good boy, but he Is very
superstitious; believes lu ghosts, dreams
and warnings. I used to laugh nt his
fancies, but 1 ilon'f inuko us mueh fnn
of him as I did not sluuj no uw tii
woman lu black,
"We were scheduled to leave II
about fine d'elock lu the morning, and
W)mm JHts jvrtiwrudiii vitu
night when this thing took plnco n, fear-
fill storm of wind and lain hail been
ruglng since early evening, nnd was nt
the height of Its fury when I started
for thu round-house i
"It was nboul midnight, nnd tho
wlud souuicil to sweep clear iirumid
and through t'm building. It w.ih ter
ribly dli-mil. Jim wuh there, und thu
engine whs :ill icndy, so, uftor gettlug
mv working clothes on, I run lint inu
chlim down to tho station. Our train,
tho n-ttlbulo limited, was an hour late.
1 guvu tho cngimi it thorough oiling,
ami uiudo Miro that ull wuh In order.
"As wu tat In tho cub wo could hear I
tho storm ruglng outside, whilu the
ralu, driven by the gusts of wind, beut
llcrccly against tho windows.
" 'It's going to he a bad run, l'rank,'
Jim snlih 'I wish wo were lu H ,
sufo nnd sound.'
"I laughed. 'What makes
terribly glum, Jim?' I asked.
"'Oh,' said he, 'I Just fool creepy
somehow, hccius llko there's some
thing terrible going to huppen. I can
feel It In my liunes."
"I laughed ngaln. 'You got n llttlo
wet coming over, 1 guess, Jim,' said I.
'And tho sound of tho wind Isn't very
encouraging, that's n fuck'
"To tell tho truth I was R llttlo
netvous myself, notwithstanding my
easy way of treating Jim's notions.
"Presently our train enmo In, long
and heuvy, consisting malnlr of Bleep
ers. It used to inuku mu nervous to
know that tho Uvea of hundreds of my !
fellow-men weio In my keeping, but
now 1 think nothing of It. That night
1 1M nervou What If the frightful I
storm had made a switchman cnrelcss, I
or If u lull had been loosened by the
settling of tho track fomuwlicrc? On
these fust trains u m.iu must rely on I
tho vigilance of the employes; for. In I
order to muko schedule time, ho must
run nt such it spued that often ho can
not see n signal before ho Is upon It,
"llut.l laughed at myself for my fears
ns I backed down and coupled on to the
train. I set tho brakes and found ev
erything in good order.
"Ity und by the llttlo gong above' ray
head clanged shurply, nud with it pull
and hiss of escaping steam we were olt
into tho night and storm, rattling over
switches, past slgual lights and be
tween long linos of cars, till, with a
roar and rumble, wo rushed otor tho
long Iron bridge and nway through
tho hills, waking tholr slumbering
echoes with our shrill whlstlo.
"Then I pulled tho throttle wldo
open, and the clank nnd roar soon set
tled Into ahum, for old 440 was doing
her best, nud we were making fifty
miles an hour.
"Tho darkness was Intenso save
where tho headlight, an electrical de
vice, cast Its 'funnel of light Into the
gloom. Jim had u hot lire, and kept
steam up to a high pressure, so that we
fairly (lew on past sleeping hamlets and
"At our first wntarlng station I made
suro thul ull was working smoothly,
whllo Jim Inspected tho headlight, Tho
operator handed out tho orders, which
showed that the road was clear as far
as our next stopping placo. On wo
"'1 1 darkness grow mom Intense, If
possii 1e, niuio tho wiud shrieked bv
The rain became more blinding, till
nothing could be distinguished lu thu
uru Muuh wliWta wit1vvh tut
WEEKLY REFLECTOR, ABILENE,
"Suddenly, through tho mist uml
ralu, I aw, looming right before us,
tho glguutlo Uguru of a woman
wrapped in n long, black miiutla,
which seemed to flutter In tho wind,
yiio waved great spectral arms about In
swift, twisting movements. As I sat,
looking in horror, tho Qgure vanished
with a final wavo of her arms.
"I was too much astonished und
stupefied to make n move tif my hand
toward tho throttle. At that moment
Jim hud been bending over the (lro. As
ho looked up ho oxclaimcd.
"'Hullo. Frank, what's up? You look
as If you had seen a ghostl'
"I did pot answer. My mind was
too full of that strange figure I had
"Wo were now nearlng Ilock creek,
whero thorc Is a trestlo over a deop
stream. I felt moro nervous thnn
"Wo dashed around tho curve and
whizzed by Itueti Creek station, which
Is only a mllo from tho trestlo. As wo
passed 1 glanced at the stoaragaiigo for
"A cry from Jim caused mo to turn
qulcly toward him. Ho sat rigid, his
uyes largo and stnrlng, his Jaw diopped,
tho very picture of terror.
"Ho pointed with a shaking finger
out Into tho darkness. I turm-d and
looked, and then began to shako my
self. "There, on the track, was that samu
hideous figure of a woman, outlined on
tho background of light from the
engine, now motionless, now whirling
In a witch dance, but all tho time
motioning us back.
" 'l'rank,' gasped Jim, but scarcely
above n whisper, 'dou't go over that
trestlol Don't go, for heaven's sake!
Don't go till you're suro It's safe!'
"I supposo I was pretty badly
wared. At any rato, I put on the air
brake for all I was worth. I couldn't
have resisted tho Impulse to slop tho
"As we came to a stop, I could hear
tho roar of tho water In Hock creek
right ahead. I stepped out of tho cab,
and met thu conductor coming up.
'"What's tho matter? What's tho mat
ter?" lie ashed. Impatiently.
"1 felt decidedly foolish. There was
no glguntlo woman to bo scon now.
Nothing could bo made out moro
than a few feet away In tho blinding
" 'Well, said I: 'we've seen somn.
thing, I don't know what It Is seemed
like It was a great bluek ghost that
was waving Its nrms nnd wumlng us
not to go forward.'
"Tho conductor looked at mo curious
ly, 'Are you crazy, l'rank?' he said.
'I should think you wore. Hut we're
so near tho trestlo wo'll tuko a look
"Wo took our lanterns and went ahead,
leaving Jim with tho engine. He linked
scared ull ovor. Hut I tell you wu had
not gone uvo rods before we stopped lu
"There at our foot lny a black chasm,
filled with thu roar of tho liver, as
swollen with tho spring ra.ni It dashed
down townrd the luko. Tho brklgo
was washed uwayl
"Only a few splinters of wood nnd
twisted Iron eluiig to tho abutment,
wink-now, f.ir o it ,rcr the blu ,i,osh,
that awful blai.1i U,;uio of owuiuau
danocd again on tho thin air, retloved
aglast the shaft vi Uglit vlutt tk Wm4-
Ml Wfff" " T V I '
jywi U ' -Jsl jmt& V
- li - I m ' " '" "
"It v)a Hinging Its arms nbout ai It
In wild clee,
"Tho conductor stared at tho chasm
and then at me.
"'Was that tho thing you saw when
you stopped tho train?' he aslteiL
'"Well, It's something moro than
luck that saved us to-night, I-'runk,'
"Wo went buck slowly to tho truln,
fooling voiy queer, nnd thankful, toj,
I can itssuro you. Several of the pas
sengers had coma running forward by
this time. Among them was a young
fellow from Chicago, nbout eighteen
5 curs old, who was snnitor than thu
wholu of us, us It tinned out.
"When this boy saw tho woman in
black, hu turned und looked at tho lo
comotivo headlight. ' Then ho ran
up toward It. 1 looked at it as lio did
so. 1 saw a pecn1l.tr spot on tho glass.
"'There's your toman In blackl'sald
the Chicago boy
"And there It was, suro enough that
tamu moth miller that you sco there in
that frame. Ho was clinging to tho In
lido of the glass. As I tipped on Ilia
glass, the creaturo Uew back and
lighted on tho rclloctor.
"That'll tho whole story, sir. The
moth, by fluttering on the glass Just In
front of the electric. Illuminator, had
produced a great black shadow, llko
that of a cloaked woman, on the dark
ness In front of us; and when he Hopped
his wings lu his vain attempt to sail
out through tho glass, he gave his mys
terious shadow tho look of waving Its
"Then when ha flew back out of the
direct shine of tho light, the figure dis
appeared, of course.
"Wo never know Just how he got in
there, but no doubt It happoned whou
Jim went to Hx tho light at th pump-Ing-statlon.
"Anyhow, ho saved our lives by scar
ing us with that woiniin In black,
"So you sco why I koop tho moth In
tho frame. It's to remind mo of the
way wo wero saved that night Yes,
you might call It accidental, but I call
it providential." i
"All aboard," called 'io conductor of
tho limited, coming out of tho tele-1
graph ofUce with a paper In his hand.
Jtlll, tho Urcmnn. run n?d 1nmnA '
Into tho cab ns I stepped down to go
back to ray car. I'rederlo I. Potter, In
I At to Kll...
Tho small boy was looking over his
nlctnro booknnd his fathitr wm ,iMni
absorbed In his newspaper.
"Pop," Inquired his youngster, "what
Is a tobacco Hy?"
"It's a kind of a fly thst lays Its eggs
on tabaeco plants and produces the de
structive tobacco worm," replied the
miner nitnout looking up from his
The boy turned over another leaf or
"Pop," ha asked again, "what Is a
i The father was mere Utsnt an Ills
p-ipe.' than before.
"I, s a fly that lays Its sggs on butlor
nnd confound It. what do you ask so
1 miiiiy iincstions for? Anybody ought
1 1 know hnt a buttsrfly Is.1' and the
Uiygiiunid -Detroit Kree Prsa.
- It r, uli that thrv always speak
nl n ii i ti i s i I 'o Ing tho races becauso
he in vex gets ohm J. of them. Uuflrtld I
Jjitirms, ,, '
KANSAS, DECEMBER 22, 1892.
' An f 1 -4T- ' "J"W V .ill I Ji-lfftf a
i taai rznr
Si iti RnfTfa trim
Our Spring Stock Will Soon be Here and Room
Must be Made for Them. To Move
Our Immense Stock of
Suits at Lowest , Prices Ever Known!
r Prices cut 20 to 40 per cent on all Goods. See ourHatg,
W&ssr Caps, Underwear and Neckwear. Everything at
Underselling prices. JVIoney talks. Wo mean what we say.
PALACE CLOTHING HOUSE!
mi ran row w
We have 14 clerks waiting on our cus
tomers. Our last shipment of Winter Dry
Goods is the finest ever seen in Abilene.
The finest line of Blankets over brought
here just opened. They were bought at 4li
cents on the dollar and will be sold neenrd-
iuly. See us on Blankets.
$3,600 worth of Holiday Novelties, Silk
Handkerchiefs, Mufflers, etc. Come quick
they are selling fast.
We have decided to plunge the
Men's Overcoats $5.0,0 to
Boys' " 2.50 to
Children's " 1.98 to
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