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THE ADVOCATE AND NEWS.
express and mail cars wero tho only
ones to which tho road agents paid any '
attention. Sho wanted to know tho way
it was done; bo I described to her how
sometimes the train was flagged by a
danger signal, and when it had slowed
down the runner found himself covered
by anued men, or how a gang would
board the train, one by 0110, at way sta
tions, and then, when tho time came,
steal forward, securo the express ajent
and postal clerk, climb over the tcudcr
and compel tho runner to stop tho train
at some lonely spot on tho road. Sho
mado mo tell her all the details of snch
robberies iw I knew about, and, though
I had never been concerned in any, I
was able to describe several, which, as
they were monotonously alike, I confess
I colored up a bit hero and there, in an
attempt to make them interesting to
her. I seemed to succeed, for she kept
the subject going even after we had left
tho table and wero smoking our cigars
in the observation saloon. Lord Ralles
had a lot to say about the American
lack of courage in letting trains con
taining 20 and 30 men be held up by
half a dozen robbers.
"Why," he ejaculated, "both ray
brother and I have a double express with
us, and do you think we'd sit still in
our seats? No. Hang me if we wouldn't
"You might," I laughed, a little
nettled, I confess, by his speech, "but
I'm afraid it would be yourselves."
"Aw, you fancy resistance 'impossi
ble?" drawled Albert Cullen.
4 4 It has been tried, " I answered, ' 4 and
without success. You can see it's like
all surprises ouo side is prepared be
fore tho other sido knows there is dan
ger. Without regard to relative num
bers, the odds are all in favor of the
4 'But I wouldn't sit still, whatever
tho odds," said his lordship. 4 'And no
Englishman would. "
"Well, my lord," I said, 41 1 hope, for
your sake, then, that you'll never be in
a hold up, for I should feel about you
as tho mnner of a locomotive did when
tho old lady asked him if it wasn't very
painful to him to run over people. 4 Yes,
madam,' he sadly replied. 'There is
nothing that musses an engine up so.' "
I don't think Miss Cullen liked Lord
Ralles' comments on American courage
any letter than I did, for she said:
4 4 Can't you take Lord Ralles and
Captain Ackland into the service of tho
K. and A., Mr. Gordon, as a special
4 4 The K and A. has never had a rob
bery yet, Miss Cullen," I replied, 4 'and
I don't think that it ever will have,"
"Why not?" she asked.
I explained to her how tho canyon of
tho Colorado to the north mid the dis
tance of the Mexican border to the south
made escape so almost desperate that
the road agents preferred to devote their
attentions to other routes. "If wo were
boarded, Miss Cullen," I said, "your
jewelry would bo as safe as it is in Chi
cago, for the robbers would only clean
out the express and mail cars. But if
they should so far forget their manners
as to take your trinkets I'd agree to re
turn them to you inside of one week. "
"That makes it all the jollier," she
cried eagerly. 4 'We could have the fun
of the adventure and yet not lose any
thing. Can't you arrargo for it, Mr.
"I'd like to please yon, Miss Cullen,"
I said, "and I'd like to give Lord Ralles
a chance to show us how to handle those
gentry, but it's not to le done." I real
ly should have been glad to .have mo
road agents pay us a call.
We spent that day pulling up tho Ra
ton pass, and so on over tho Glorietta
pass down to Lamy, where, as tho party
wanted to see Santa Fe, I had our two
cars dropped off tho overland, and we
ran up the branch line to tho old Mexi
can city. It was well worn ground to
me, but I enjoyed showing tho sights to
Miss Cullen, for by that time I had
come to the conclusion that I had never
met a sweeter or jollier girL Her beauty,
too, was of a kind that kept growing on
one, and before I had known her 24
hours, without quite being in love with
her, I was beginning to hate Lord
Ralles, which was about the same
thing, I suppose. Every hour convinced
me that the two understood, each other,
not merely from the little asides and
confidences they kept exchanging, but
even more bo from the way Miss Cullen
would take his lordanip down occasion
ally. Yet, like a fool, the more I saw to
confirm my first diagnosis the moro I
found myself dwelling on tho dimples
at the corners of Miss Cullen's mouth,
the bewitching uplift of her upper lip,
tho runaway curls about her neck and
the curves and color of her cheeks.
Half a day Nerved to see everything
in Santa Fe worth looking at, but Mr.
Cullen decided to spend there the time
they had to wait for his otlicr son to
join tho party. To pass tho hours I
hunted up some ponies, and we spent
three days in long rides up the old Santa
Fo trail and to tho outlying mountains.
Only one incident was other than pleas
ant, and that was my fault. As wo were
riding back to our cars on tho second
afternoon we had to cross tho branch
roadbed, where a gang happened to bo
at work tamping the ties.
"Since you're interested in road
agents, Miss Cullen," I said, "you may
like to Bee one. That fellow standing
in the ditch is Jack Drute, who was
concerned in the D. and R. G. hold up
three years ago. "
Miss Cullen looked where I pointed,
and, seeing a man with a gun, gave a
startled jump and pulled up her iony,
evidently supposing that we were about
to be attacked. 4 'Shan't we run?" she
bearon. but then checked herself as sho
Introduced myself to Mr. Cullen.
took in the facts of the drab clothes of
the ;ang and the two armed men in
uniform. "They are convicts?" sho
asked. And when I nodded sho said,
"Poor things!" Then after a pause she
asked, "How long is hb in prison for?"
4 'Twenty years, " I told her.
"How harsh that seems!" she said.
"How cruel wo are to people for a few
moments' wrongdoing, which tho cir
cumstances may almost have justified!"
She checked her pony as we come oppo
site Drute and said, 4 4 Can you use
"Can I, lyedy?" said the fellow, leer
ing in an attempt to look amiable.
"Wish I had the chance to try."
The guard interrupted by telling her
it wasn't permitted to speak to tlio con
victs while out of bounds, and so wo
had to ride on. All Miss Cullen was
able to do was to throw him a little
bunch of flowers she had gathered in
tho mountains. It was literally casting
pearls before swine, for the fellow did
not seem particularly pleased, and
when, late that night, I walked down
there with a lantern I found tho flowers
lying in the ditch. The exin'rieuce
seemed to sadden and distress Miss Cul
len very much for the rest of the af ter
noon, and I kicked myself for having
called her attention to the brute and
could have knocked him down for the
way he had looked at her. It is curious
that I felt thankful at the time that
Drute was not holding up a train Miss
Cullen was on. It is always tho unex
pected that happens. If I could have
looked into the future, what a strange
variation on this thought I should have
The three days went all too quickly,
thanks to Miss Cullen, and by the end
of that time I began to understand what
love really meant to a chap and how
men could come to kill each other for
it For a fairly sensible, hard headed
fellow it was pretty quick work, I ac
knowledge, but let any man have seven
years of western life without seeing a
woman worth speaking of and then
meet Miss Cullen, and if he didn't do as
I did I wouldn't trust him on the tail
board of a locomotive, for I should put
him down as defective both in eyesight
and in intellect.
THE IIOLMXO UP OF OVERLAND NO. 3.
On the third day a dispatch came
from Frederic Cullen telling his father
ho would join us at Lamy on No 3 that
evening. I at onco ordered 97 and 218
on to tho connecting train, and in an
hour wo were back on tho main line.
Whilo waiting for the overland to ar
rive, Mr. Cullen asked mo to do some
thing which, as it later proved to have
considerable bearing on tho events of
that night, is worth mentioning, trivial
as it seems. When I had first joined
the party, I had given orders for 97 to
bo kicked in between tho main string
and their special, so as not to deprive
tho occupants of 218 of tho view from
their observation saloon and balcony
platform. Mr. Cullon came to me now
and asked r&e to roverso the arrange
ment and mako my car tho tail end. I
was giving orders for tho splitting and
kicking in when No. 3 arrived, and
thus did not soo tho greeting of Frodcrio
Cullen and his family. When I joined
them, his father told me that the high
altitude had knocked his son up, so that
ho had had to be helped from the or
dinary sleeper to tho special and had
gone to bed immediately. Out west wo
have to know something of medicine,
and my car had its chest of drugs. So I
took some tablets and went into hia
Frederic was like his brother in ap
pearance, though not in manner, having
a quick, alert way. He was breathing
with snch difficulty that I was almost
tempted to give him nitroglycerin, in
stead of strychnine, but ho said he
would bo all right as soon as ho became
accustomed to the rarefied. air, quite
poohpoohing my suggestion that hi!
take No. 2 buck to Trinidad. And while
I was still urging tho train slarted.
Leaving him tho vials of digitalis and
strychnine, therefore, I went back and
dined solus on my own car, indulging
at the end in a cigar . tho smoke of
which would keep turning into pictures
of Miss Cullen. I have thought about
those pictures since then and have con
cluded that when cigar smoko behaves
like that a man might as well read his
destiny in it, for it can mean only one
After enjoying the combination I
went to No. 213 to have a look at the
son and found that the heart tonics had
benefited him considerably, On leaving
him I went to the dining room, where
tho rest of the party wero still at din
ner, to ask that the t in valid have a
strong cup of coffee, and after deliver
ing my request Mr. Cullen asked mo ti
join them in a cigar. This I did gladly,
for a cigar and Miss Cullen's society
were even plcasanter than a cigar and
Miss Cullen's pictures, because tho pic
tures nover quite did her justice, and,
besides, didn't talk.
Our smoke finished, we went back tc
tho saloon, where the gentlemen sat
down to poker, which Lord Ralles hoi
just learued and liked. They did no
ask me to take a hand, for which I wai
grateful, as the salary of a railroad su
perintendent would hardly stand the
game they probably played. And I had
my compensation when Miss Cullen
also was not asked to join them. Shj
said she was going to watch tho moon
light on the mountains from the plat
form and opened tho door to go out,
finding for the first time that No. 97
was tho"ender." In her disappoint
ment she protested against this and
wanted to knew tho why and wherefore.
4 'We shall have far less motion,
Madge, " Mr. Cullen explained. 4 4 And
then we shau't havo the rear end man
in our car at night. "
"But I -don't mind the motion,"
urged Miss Cullen, 4 'and the flagman is
there only after we are all In oui
rooms. Please leave us tho view. "
"I prefer the present arrangement,
Madge," said Mr. Cullen in, a very
I was so sorry for Miss Cullen's dis
apiK)iutment that, on impulse, I said,
4 4 The platform of 97 is entirely at your
service, Miss Cullen. " Tho moment it
was out I realized that I ought not to
have said it and that I deserved a re
buke for supposing she would use my
Miss Cullen took it better than I
hoped for and was declining the offer
as kindly as my intention had been in
making it when, much to my astonish
ment, her father said;
"By all moans, Madge. That relieves '
us of the discomfort of being the last
car, andyotlets you have the scenery
Miss Cullen looked at her father for
a moment, as if not believing what sho
had heard. Lord Ralles scowled and
opened his mouth to say something, but
checked himself and only flung his dis
card down as if he hated tho cards.
4 4 Thank you, papa, ' said Miss Cul
len. 44 But I think I will watch you
"Now, Madge, don't bo foolish,"
said Mr. Cullen irritably. "You might
just as well have tho pleasure, and
you'll only disturb tho game if you stay
Miss Cullen loaned over and whisper
ed something, and her father answered
her. Lord Ralles must have hoard, fox
ho muttered something which made
Miss Cullen color up. but much good it
did him, for sho turned to me and said,
"Sinco my father doesn't disapprove, I
will gladly accept your hospitality, Mr.
Gordon." And, after a glance at Lord
us I please" in it, she went to get hor
hat and coat.
Tho whole incident had not taken ton ,
seconds, yet it puzzled me beyond meas
ure, even while my heart beat with an
unreasonable hope, for my better sense"
told me that it simply meant that Lord
Ralles disapproved, and Miss Cullen,
like any girl of spirit, was giving him
notice that lie was not yet privileged to ,
coutrol her actions. Whatever tho scene
a t; . i jjj i. 1:1 !l m
inoaui, ins Minusiiip uiu uia uav it, j.ur
ho sworo at his luck tho moment Miss
Cullen had left the room.
win u luinn juiu-u icluiwu, wu vtrnu
back to tho rear platform of 97. I let
down tho traps, closed tho g;tes, got a
campstool for her to sit on, with a cush
ion to lean back on and a footstool, and
fixed her as comfortably as I could, even
getting a traveling rug to cover her lap,
for the plateau air was chilly. Then I ,
hesitated a moment, for I had the feel
ing that sho had not thoroughly approv
ed of tho thing and therefore she might
not like" to have mo stay. Yet sho was
bo charming in the moonlight, and the
little balcony tho platform made was
such a tempting spot to linger on, whil
Bhe was there, that it wasn't easy to go.
Finally I asked:
4 'You are quite comfortable, Miss
"Sinfully so," she laughed.
"Tlinn TVrhiiTifl vnn wnnld liltA tn lirt
left to enjoy the moonlight and your
meditations by yourself?" I questioned. ,
I know. I ought to have said more, but I
simply couldn't when she looked so en-"
TVk vnn turnnf. in irn?" o)ir nfilrnd
"No," I ejaculated, so forcibly that
sho gave a littlo startled jump in her
chair. "That is I mean, " I stuttered,
embarrassed by my own vehemence, "I
rather thought you might not want mo ,
44 What made yon think that?" sho de
manded, I am not a good hand at inventing "
explanations. After a moment's seeking
for some reason I plumped out, 4 4 Be-
I 'mi A
' 7 7.
"Don't you find it very lonelyT
cause I feared you might not think it
proper to use my car, and I suppose It's
my presence that made you think it V
' Sho took my stupid fumble very nice
ly, laughing merrily while saying, "If
you like mountains and moonlight, Mr.
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