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roadlng career he has never hid responsibility responsibility for an accident charged against his record. Farly.duy Strike) Ask him about the strike of June, 1S84, and Conductor Mappest grins re-miniscently. re-miniscently. re-miniscently. If you scrutinize his phy-siogonomy phy-siogonomy phy-siogonomy closely you'll see that grin is Just a hit "sheepish". Hut he's a Rood $prt, and finally yields to your Insistent demands to "cough up 'the story".' That strike, he recalls, was about the tirst one on the Union Pacific and was prompted by the fact that the company had announced the first general general cut in wags ever made, all down the line from president to section hand. Of course, most everybody quit. The strike only lasted a day and then I everybedy went back ' to work with the old scale continued In force. "But the 'vjfitory' had come too easy for some of t young bucks," .Mr. Mappes says, "alid three or four of us at Grand Island set out to celebrate. The result was that when we went back we didn't have any more j6b 'n a Jack-rabbit." Jack-rabbit." Jack-rabbit." He opines, too, that Jie sure got punished good and plenty for that hit of indiscretion, for he got a Job on the Burlington and spent 18 months braking on a run between Grand Island and Lincoln that was Ciilculute.d to make-a make-a make-a man appreciate the softer jobs. In the IS months he worked with 11 conductors and 18 other bra kemon nobody that could get off the run would stay on it because because It was classed as a man-killer. man-killer. man-killer. Returning to the Union Pacific in March, 1886, Conductor Mappes was soon restored to his former standing us a conductor with all his seniority rights back-dating back-dating back-dating to '81. Hurl, In Accident In all the thousands of times that he has swung onto and off of trains in motion. Conductor Mappes has had just one mentionable accident but that left him short one toe. Out at Shelton, Neb., ln 1892, as he was boarding a train, his foot missed the step and the" point of his shoe went under the wheel. When the doctors finished sewing up the wound he counted only four toes on that particular particular foot. It laid him up five months. Mr. Mappes was transferred from freight to passenger runs in 1897, and cn March 16. 1907, he took the Columbus-Norfolk Columbus-Norfolk Columbus-Norfolk Columbus-Norfolk run, rated as one of the Riort desirable on the system. Only two conductors on the Nebraska division division have been longer with the Union Pacific than he "Bill" Leahy, on No s 1 und 2 whose service record) v . T f o' ""d Ja k KoM,er' 7 n,,,, 8: Vh S'ar,e41 ,n Junfi 1C81. lhat members of his train crew uuve iiiunti conductor Mappes pass-, pass-, ably easy to get along with is Indicated Indicated by the fact that Brakeman Pat MiCoimlck. now on the main line.' was with him more than 10 years on the Norfolk run the longest time a brakeman on the Union Pacific has ever stayed .with one conductor on one run. Mr. Mappes says he hasn't made any , ' ePf special plans for 'the future, exc that as coon as spring comes he's go-1 go-1 ing out to Douglas, Wyo., to visit his daughter, Mrs. Harry Anderson, former former Columbus woman. He has one other daughter. Miss Helen, who Is nt home with her parents and is a stu- stu- deut in Norfolk high school, and one son. F. W. Mappes, Jr.. who Is a con-! con-! dmtor running between Grand Islund and Kearney, following In his dad's footsteps.