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Physician and Sargeon.
Office in Gussenhoven Blook.
Havre. - Montana.
Physician and Surgeon
Opposite Hotel Harre.
Havre, - Montana.
Physicians & Surgeeons.
Office in Oxford Bkd.
Havre. - Montana.
Attorneys at Law.
Office in Skylstead Building.
Havre, Montane.
. ...........Dentist
Office in Oxford Bid.
Havre. - Montana.
Resident Dentist
Office in Burke Blid.
Telephone No. 75 Havre, Montana.
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Attorney at Law.
Practioci all state and
Federal Court&
OMece ODyoite Hotel Hare
lavre. Montana.
United States Oommslsioner
Notary Publis.
Justice of the Peace
Bkylatead BuUliar.
R. E. HAON.oN,
Attorney and Counsellor at Law
Room 19 and 20 Gtaseenhoven Bid.
Next to Hotel Harre.
Havre, - Montana.
Just:i of the Peace
Notary Public.
Office opposite Socurety Bank.
Havre. . Montana.
......Land Attorney
Land Contests and Appeal Oases a
Specialty. Land Srip for Sale at
Lowest Market Price.
P. O. Box SM, Chinook, Montana.
Licensed Undertaker and
Embalmer. Lady Assistant.
Calls attended pxromply. day or night.
Havre, Mont. :-: P I 0.4
Oflice Franklin Stroot, opposite :he
Court House,
Orders for Abstracts promptly filled
Latest, Appliances
Every-thimg up-to-date. Filst Class
Havre, - - Montana.
Real Estate and Live Stock a
Harlem, - - Montana.
Fort Benton. - Montana.
Close Attention Given to Ir
_rigation Work.
Chinook. Montana
Sankey's Double
ITeader y yg
IPIARMAN s nrank.
ENLH fi i
HB oldest man
in the train
service didn't
|JIl t pretend to say
/*how long San
- ý key had work
ed for the com
Pat Franies
was a very ou conductor, but old man
Sankey was a veteran when Pat Fran
'Cls began braking. Bankey ran a pas
senger train when Jimmie Brady was
running, and Jimmie afterward enlist
ed and was killed in the Custer fight.
There was an odd tradition about
Bankey's name. He was a tall,
swarthy fellow and carried the blood
of a Sioux chief in his veins. It was
in the time of the Black Hills excite
iment, when railroad men, struck by
the gold fever, were abandoning their
'trains, even at way stations, and strik
ing across the divide for Clark's Cross
ing. Men to run the trains were hard
,o get, and Tom Porter, tralnmaster,
was putting in every man he could
pick up without reference to age or
Porter-he died at Julesburg after
ward-was a great jollier, and he was
not afraid of anybody on earth.
One day a war party of Sioux clat
tered into town. They tore around
Ilke a storm and threatened to scalp
'everything, even to the local tickets.
The head braves dashed in on Tom
Porter, sitting In the dispitcher's of
dIce upstairs. The dispatCher' was hid
ftag under a loose plank in the baggage
Iroom floor. Tom, being bald as a sand
'hill, considered himself exempt from
scalping partles. He was" b king a
game of solitaltr when'the bb. edown
on him and interested hem at once.
t led to a patey, wlcb ended in
er's hiring the whole band to
,brake on freight trains, Old man San
key is said to have been one of that
orginal war party.
'INow, this is merely a cabooe story,
told on winter night' when trainmen
l ft stalled' in the "iiow driftlng down
foin the Bloux eOnbitty. But what fol.
lows is better attested.
SIankey, to start with, had a peculiar
Iname - an unpronounceable, unspell
able, unmanageable name. I never
erd it. so I can't give it. It was as
bird to catch as ' an Indian cur, and
that name made more trouble on the
payrolls than all the other names put
together. 'Nobody at headquarters
could handle It. It was never turned
In twice alike, and they were" always
Swriting Tom Porter about the thing.
Tom explained several times that It
w6s Sltting Bull's ambassador who
Vwas drawing lh! imoiiney and that he
isually signed the payroll with a toma
'hawk. But nobody at Omaha ever
knew how to take a joke.
The first time Tom went down he
'was called in very solemnly to ex
plain again about the name, and, be
iag in a hurry and very tired of the
whole business, Tom spluttered:
"Hang it, don't bother me any more (
about that name. If you can't read It,
make it Sankey and be done with It."
1 They took Tom at his word. They
actually did make it Sankey, and that's I
how our oldest conductor came to bear
the name of the famous singer, and
more I may say-good name as it was
and is. the Sioux never disgraced it.
Probably every old traveler on the
system knew Sankey. He was not
only always ready to answer questions,
but, what is much more, always ready
to answer the same question twice. It
is that which makes conductors gray
headed and spoils their chances for
heaven-answering the same questions
over and over again. Children were
apt to be a bit startled at first sight
of Sankey, he was so dark, but he
had a very quiet smile that always
made them friends - after the second
trip through the sleepers, and they
;sometimes ran about asking for him
ter he had left the train.
Of late years-and it is this that
urts-these very same children, grown
ever so much bigger and riding again
to or from California or Japan or Aus
tralia, will ask when they reach the
West End about the Indian conductor.
But the conductors who now run the
overland trains pause at the question,
checking over the date limits on the
argins of the coupon tickets, and,
anding the envelopes back, will look
t the children and say slowly, "He
n't running any more."
If you have ever gone over our line
1o the mountains or to the coast you
may remember at McCloud, where they
change engines and set the diner in or
out, the pretty little green park to the
east of the depot, with a row of catalpa
lke a glass of spring water.
If it happened to be Sankey's run
and a regular West End day, sunny and
delightful, you would be sure to see
tanding under the catalpas a shy,
ark skinned girl of fourteen or fifteen
ears silently watching the prepara
ons for the departure of the over
And after the new engine had been
backed, champing, down and harnessed
to its long string of vestibuled sleep
ers; after the air hose had been con
neeted and the air valves examined;
after the engineer had swung out of
I his cab, filled his cups and swung in
again; after the fireman and his helper
had disposed of their slice bar and
bhovel and given the tender a final
srinkle and the conductor had walk
ed leisurely forward, compared time
with the engineer and cried, "All
abo-o-o-ardl" then as your coach mov
ed slowly ahead you might notice un
der the receding catalpas the little girl
waving a parasol or a handkerchief at
the outgoing train-that is, at Con
inctor Sankey, for she was his daugh
tsr, Neeta Sankey. Her mother was
Spanish and died when Neeta was a
wee bit. Neeta and the limited were
Sankey's whole world.
When Georgia Sinclair began pulling
the limited, running west opposite Fo
ley, he struck up a great friendship
with Sankey. Sankey, though he was
hard to start, was full of early day
stories. Georgie. it seemed, had the
faculty of getting him to talk, perhaps
because when he was pulling Sankey's
train he made extraordinary efforts to
keep on time-time was a hobby with
Sankey. Foley said he was so careful
of it that when he was off duty he let
his watch stop just to save time.
Sankey loved to breast the winds
and the floods and the snows, and if
he could get home pretty near on
schedule, with everybody else late, he
was happy, and in respect of that, as
Sankey used to say, Georgie Shilair
could come nearer gratifying keys
ambition- thai any runneir we.i.d
Even the firemen used to =observe
that the young engineer, always: neat,
Slooked still neater the days, ta~at he
took out Sankey's train. By' by
there was an Introduction; und the
eatalpas.ia After that It wai notietd
that Georgle began wearing gloves on
the engine-not kid gloves, but yellow
dogakin-and blaek silk shirts. He
bought them in Denver.
- Then-an odd way engineers haMe z
paying compliments - when Q.e.o ,le
y tjtraihe big riPe
wud vea short, Ihoarse ea, a
most peculiar note, just as theyrdrew
I'at Sankey's bonge, 'whlch st3,l on
the brow of the hill west,of the yards.
Then 4ieeta woild kniow that No.' 2
and her father and nnatiairly .r Sin
calir were in again and all safe and
When the railway tralnmen held -
their division fair at'MeOaded, ; there
was a lantern to be votedto the 'most I
popular conductor--a 'gold platedd lin. a
tern, with a green curtain In the globe. v
Cal Stewart and Ben Doton, who were r
very swell conductors and great. rivals, b
were the favorites and had the town t
divlded pver their chances for win- y
ning it.
But during the last moments Georg I
Sinclair stepped up to the booth and a
cast a storm of votes for old man t
Bankey. Doton's friends and Stewart's i
laughed at first, but Sankey's votes 6
kept pouring in amazingly. The fa- t
vorites grew frightened. They pooled 7
their issues by throwing Stewart's vote =
to Doton, but it wouldn't do. Georgiae t
Sinclair, with a crowd of engineers- -
Cameron, Moore, Foley, Bat Mullen
and Burns--came back at them with
such a swing that in the final round
up they fairly swamped Doton. San
key took the lantern by a thousand
votes, but I understood it cost Georgie
and his friends a pot of money.
Sankey said all the time he didn't
want the lantern; but, just the same,
he always carried that particular lan-.
tern, with his full name, Sylvester San
key, ground into the glass just below
the green mantle. Pretty soon, Neeta
being then eighteen, It was rumored
that Sinclair was engaged to Miss San
key-was going to marry her. And
marry her he did, though that was not
until after the wreck in the Blackwood
gorge, the time of the big snow.
It goes yet by just that name on the
West End, for never was such a win
ter and such a snow known on the
plains and In the mountains. One train
on the northern division was stalled
six weeks that winter, and one whole
coach was chopped up for kindling
But the great and desperate effort of
the company was to hold open the
main line, the artery which connected
the two coasts. It was a hard winter
on trainmen. Week after week the
snow kept falling and blowing. The
trick was not to clear the line; it was
to keep it clear. Every day we sent
out trains with the fear we should not
see them again for a week. -
Freight we didn't pretend to move.
Local passenger business had to be
abandoned. Coal, to keep our engines
and our towns supplied, we were oblig
ed to carry, and after that all the
brains and the muscle and the motive
power were centered on keeping Nos. 1
L and 2, our through passenger trains.
Our trainmen worked like Americans.
1 There were no cowards on our rolls.
i But after too long a strain men be
e come exhausted, benumbed, indifferent,
reckless even. The nerves give out,
2 and will power seems to halt on inde
cision, but decision Is the life of the
fast train.
None of our conductors stood the
a hopeless fight like Sankey. Sankey
d was patient, taciturn, unttring and, in
aI conflict with the elements, ferocious.
I- All the lighting blood of his ancestors
; eemed to course again in that struggle
f with 'the winter kiing. I can see him
n yet on bitter Says standlng alongside
r the :track ,in a lheavy pea Jacket and
State Bank
of Havre
Capital, Surplus and Undivided Profits
We receive deposits in any sum from $1.00 up, and pay interest
at the rate of 4 per cent compounded semi-annually. All em
ployees are bonded in the United States Fidelity and Guaranty
Company. We are insured against burglary and day-light hold-up,
and are under the direct supervision of Montana's State Bank
Your Banking Business Is
Respectfully Solicited.
W. A. CLARK, President W. A. CLARK . C, F. MORRIS
8. McKENNAN, Vice President
ROBT. T. F. SMITH. Cashier 8. MoKENNAN
A. 8. CHASE, Assistant Cashier O. 8. GOFF ROBT. T. F. SMITH
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Napoleon boots, a sealkkin rap drawn
snuggly over his* straight bl~kek air,
watching, ordering, signa lIn while
No. 1, with its frost bitten sleepers be
hind a rotary, struggled to buck
through the ten and twenty foot cuts
which lay bankful of snow west of
Not until April did it begin to look
as if we should win out. A dozen'
times the line was all but choked on
us. And then, when snowplows were
disabled and train crews desperate,
there came a storm that discounted the
worst blizzard of the winter. As the
reports rolled in on the morning of
the 5th, growing worse as they grew
thicler; Neighbor, dragged out, played
out, mentally and physically, threw up
his hands. The 6th it snowed all day,
and on Saturday morning the section
men reported thirty feet in the Black
wood canyon.
It was 0 o'clock when we got the
word and daylight before we got the
rotary against it. They bucked away
till noon, with discouraging results,
and came in with their gear smashed
and a driving rod fractured. It looked
as if we were beaten.
No. 1 got into McCloud eighteen
hours late. It was Sankey's and Sin
clair's run west.
There was a long council in the
roundhouse. The rotary was knocked
out. Coal was running low in-the
chutes. If the line wasn't kept open
for the coal from the mountains, it was
plain we should be tied until we
could ship it from iowa or Missouri.
West of Medicine Pole there was an
other big rotary working east, with
plenty of coal behind her, but she was
reported stuck fast in the Cheyenne
Foley made suggestions, and Dad
Sinclair made suggestions. Everybody
had a suggestion left. The trouble
was, Neighbor said, they didn't amount
to anything or were impossible.
"It's a dead block, boys," announced
Neighbor sullenly after everybody had
done. "We are beaten unless we can
get No. 1 through today. Look there!
By the holy poker, it's snowing again!"
The air was dark in a minute with
whirling clouds. Men turned to the
windows and quit talking. Every fel
low felt the same-at least all but one.
Sankey, sitting back of the stove, was
making tracings on his overalls with a
piece of chalk.
"You might as well unload your pas
sengers, Sankey," said Neighbor. "You'll
never get 'em through this winter."
And it was then that Sankey propos
ed his double header.
He devised a snowplow which com
bined in one monster ram about all
the good material we had left and sub
matted the scheme to Neighbor. Nelgh
bor studied it and hacked at it all be
could and brought it over to the office.
I It was like staking everything on the
last cast of the dice, but we were in
the state or mind which precedes a
desperate venture. It was talked over
for an hour, and orders were finally
(Continued on Page Three.)
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