Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on April 19, 1894 · Page 7
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 7

Logansport, Indiana
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Thursday, April 19, 1894
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PEHMANANT and PAY1M» POSITIO.SStotiOOD MEN. |JS? I A I i v1 ? I) ££S' MENTS TO BKC1INNBH8. KXCLDS|Vfc TtK BITOIit (UViJS bIKEI>. ^r"o ilt once (or terms to ,, „ Tne Hawks Nursery Co., Rochesier, N. Y. ANTAL-MIDY Theeeliny Capwlos ftra s I to Bobam 'of Copaiba, ICubota »na InJecUoM. jThey care la 48 liountho IfMoe dbewcs -Trltbont MlOBYALLCtit -VHILE UK SITS Al.ONI Ono of the noblest men in the world is "Hob" Pritchard, and it seems the very irony of fate that his life should bo darkened by tho ever present shadow of a preat sorrow. Ho has everything- on earth that a man could hope for—wealth, position, influence, homo, family, health and friends—but over all there broods a supersensitivo conscience that destroys his happiness. Morbid fits come on him onco in awhile, and ho steals ol? alone to commune with himself. His wife understands the cause of his sorrow, but he is trying- to keep it away from the knowledge of his boy, who is old enough to begin to do some thinking- on his own account. Ho ncverpoes home in his hours of melancholy, but hides in some out of tho way place till the mood passes oil. I often run across him in such places as "Old Tom's," down ni-ar Trinity church, and Marchesi's, in Fiftieth street, where ho is unlikely to meet any of his intimate friends. lie will sit there for hours and hours, smoking- and drinking-, oblivious of the surroundings. On the table at home is a superb dinner untouched, while hc_sits alone with his conscience and dines upon a chop. When "Bob" became aswitchmanon tho greatest railroad in America he was stationed in a tower at a point about half way between two of our \ WITH HIS CONSCIENCE. Besides "Boh" and Danton there was a third man on duty in the switch tower, ami tho watches were divided into six, of four hours each, the men alternating' so that four hours of work were followed by eight of rest and recreation. Danton being- the more experienced had tho busy watches of the morning and afternoon, wlu-n the regiments of commuters wore going- to and from tho city. "Boh" had tho midday ,watch.andthe midnight watch, so that :ho and Danton were at home tog-ether from eight till twelve o'clock every evening, and tho hours were passed very pleasantly in tho society of tho mother and daughter. One night a stranger called, a reporter for one of the New York papers, who said that his mission was to write a special article on the signaling .system in use on tHt> road, rind in furtherance thereof he sought permission to sit for an hour or two in the towur during the busiest time of tho day. This Danton could not grant without a letter from the general manager, as it was against the rules of the Company. Tho reporter acquiesced but did not depart at once, lie seemed bent on an interview, and forthwith began a rit'- murolo about tho responsibility of railroad employes, seeking deftly to draw out his hearers. "I'll tell you what is a facl, Mr. llan- LOOK, MAUOY!" UK CIUKD. "LOOK, BOB!" largest cities, where another road crossed the four tracks of the main line Not less than three hundred trains passed the spot in every twenty- four hours. The chief switchman was a man of the name of Danton, Al Danton, who lived in a little cottage near by with his mother and sister. These were dependent upon him, and to lighten his burdens they took a few boarders. "Bob" wont to live with them as noon as ho was settled in his new berth, and in tho course of time a warm friendship sprang up between him and Danton, while he began to regard the young woman with more than ordinary interest. Tho Dantons were an old Virginia family, onco rich, now poor, and tho mother and daughter were proud and sensitive. They were descendants of Gen. Archibald Danton, who figured among the revolutionary heroes. Miss Margaret was regarded by young, old and middle aged us a "beauty. ton," he Baid, bristling with enthusiasm; "the most responsible P^co on a railroad in the switch tower Did it over occur to you? I doubt if it ever occurred to tho public, and I shall make it my duty to poult it out Just think of the awful responsibility on you. for instance. I wonder it doesn't break you men down in a few months The strain must be tcrrhi,! I don't think the responsibility of an engineer is to be compared for a moment with that which rests npon you; but wo never hear of the people conceding anything to tho poor switchman. Don't von think it rather strange? "just think of the chances oi death taken by travelers," he went on. 'On S road they trust to the engineer. At H?n they trust to the captain. They nev»r think how easy it is fora awiteh- m» to throw two trains together; never realize that by the simple turn- frToi a little wheel in the boiler room the largest ship may be blown to Btoms! Ah, the sublime faithfulness of subordinates is the one thing- that makes mo believe in Heaven! I have often said tluit if I h;id my way, I would rather see two trains, (jniiur ''fly miles an hour, crash together than witness any other sight on earth. Ye gods: What a grand spectacular elTeet; Mow easy it would be to do it, too. Uidyoii ever allow yourself to think o{ such a thing?" "Not often," Danton replied. "I don't, think it wise to let, the mind dwell too much on such thing*-" "To think of such things might be (lang'jrous to a \\v;;k-niinded man, but to one of strong n-nses there could bo no danger," continued the young m:in. "And there 1 lind ailditiunal cause for wonder. Don't you suppose there, aru many switchmen and signalmen on tliis rcvad who mv. mentally weak? H must be. so. And when they read of accidents and their imaginations arc wrought up, I should think some of them wim'.d go ei-i/.y or he so temporarily insane- us to experiment :it the expense of the public anil the company. Now, up then; at, your tower— what a grand opportunity for a wild man! The limited both ways passes then: at 5.:!0--sixly miles an hour: And there is the split switch. Didn't it ever Hash through yiv.ir mind wlint might lisippen if you should by any chanee pull the wrong lever at thu critical moment, when the two trains wero within :i. quarter of a mile of each other? L'yh! 1 don't believe 1 could stand it. I'd be imagining "U the time how such a crash would look and sound, and then would como the temptation to try it just once. My, what n. story it would make!" "I should think so. You'd have to manufacture names and dates and use a fictitious road. It would surely be a startling story. The minutia of the detail must bo such as to carry conviction. Do you understand the arrangement of tlie levers in thu towers?' 1 "Pretty well, I think. Near enough to fool the public, who know nothing." "Well, just keep two .signals in view —the red and the white. And remember that the levers work on ratchets, and some arc painted white and others red. Tho white signal must be sot till the south bound limited is right on it, then suddenly thrown to red. That will carry the train over .on the north bound track, but too late for the engineer to apply the brakes. Be careful about the schedule. Sec that both trains lire on time, so an to :neet at the right point, otherwise you spoil everything, and put your head in tho noose. You want to kill the whole outfit In the story, ur.d convert the trains into scrap iron and kindling wood. „ ,, "It will be a great story," Danton continued, nodding his head with an air of satisfied speculation on its wonderful possibilities. "Get it out. I'd like to read it. Make it dramatic, graphic, tragic; I' want to see how you curry it through. It makes my llcsh croon to think'of what might be. done every day by the switchmen on 'the roads of the United States. Why, if wo were to band together arid unite upon a day for slaughter wo could kill thousands of people. The mere moving of a lever a few inches, and there you are—death and destruction! Ik-avcn and hell! Salvation and damnation!" "Why, my -son, I never heard you use such language before," mildly remonstrated his mother. ••1 feel warmed up, mother." ho said, rising to walk the floor in his enthusiasm. "This thing has never been on my mind before, but when you come to thiqk of it tho situation is startling. Why arc all of the switchmen on all of the roads of the world so faithful? Think of the thousands who are earning small wages at throwing the levers, and yet how few even admit that there is tlic slightest possibility of one of them doing a criminal act. Suppose some man with the idea that the world had wronged him should g-o about to kill whomsoever crossed his path? Could there bo a more terrible way of wreaking his vengeance than by throwing a switch? lie might go from road to road wrecking trains and destroying thousands of lives. If such a man were going- in for killing he would want fearful results, great totals. Uo would not caro to stain his hands with the blood of one man. That would look too much like murder. To kill thousands is slaughter! There's something attractive iu the idea. Samson slew thousands of the Philistines with the jaw bone of an ass. That was grand: glorious! su- blimcl It I wero going in to kill it would bo butchery, massacre, carnage! I have no patience with your midnight assassin, your hot-headed murderer. Give mo the cool, calculating villain who can lay down his own plot execute it in cold blood and, with a grim smUe on his face, see thousands perish by his hand." He would have gone on, growing wilder and wilder in his speech, if the hour for "Bob's" departure for tho tower had not arrived. This broke up tho party. He fore leaving the house the reporter promised to get to work at once on the story, with tho understanding that when finished it should bo submitted to Danton for tuo correction of any technical errors. "Bob" worked solemnly at the levers from Wive to four. His thoughts usually wero of Margaret, but on this watch they dwelt on the strange interest of Danton in the reporter's imaginative article, and ho was obliged to confess to himself that a review of the evening gave him a very uucomforta- Danton slept not at all, but spent most of the nig-ht in restlessly pacing the floor of his room, and when be went to the tower at four o'clock to A FAIR TRI AL saparilla guarantees a complete cure. It is an honest medicine, honestly advertised and it honestly CU RES 'relieve "Bob" the latter noticed ms bloodshot eyes and haggard face. ••Von don't look well. Al." he saicj, as D:inton threw oil his coat, ran his eye over tin- levers and looked up and down UK; track. "Oh. I'm all right." was the reply, '•( didn't sleep very well and feel slightly lirol.-i-n up. Ihit I'll makeup for it afler this watch. The Chicago express is late this morning. I see. Seventeen minutes behind. !f she, ilcy.-KTi't, hurry along I'll liavo to hold that s-ivi-ial :it the crossing. She's due in three minutes and is reported on V the special cnme tearing •I tin' heavy grade from the i-:i','..w:inl and l):i.nt..n. throwing the ml le.-er. brought it to a standstill j lil'tv !".'.•!. from the crossing. Tho main li::," lo the .-..nt.h. the direction from which t'lf I'hirngo <-.\pivsswaM-;iininj', , unrv.-.l o:i.sily :t:i eighth of a mile from i tin- tnwer. tiien ran o;V on :i tangent I for'chive miles and a half. Inlrrvon- i:i-r wuods shut out a full view of the rni.ire stretch, but there was an opi.-n- in," ,m the right that, enabled D:mto:i to M-.- tin- top of tho gr:n!e three miles aw.T.-. Hi-was in the habit of watching "vhis point, for a coming train and liming the run to the tower, ami he iir.w looked in that direction for tho express. If he saw It he would have at Jeast three minutes—ample time to let the special over the crossing. Then lie thought, ho would let it over anyway :,nd '"take chances. Tho signal was thrown and tho train moved ahead.. Then: were only four cars and three of these had passed, when the express, which had been screened by the woods, flashed suddenly into view just beyond the curve, coming at full speed. Danton heard the sharp, shrill blast of the v.-histlc and in just ten seconds saw the train dash by at sixty miles an hour, almost scraping tho rear platform of the special. "Thank Uod!" said "Hob." who had stood transfixed with horror. "Close shave that," Danton remarked, with a smile. "If our friend, tho reporter, had been here he would have como pretty near getting a chapter for- his story. Whew'." He laughed gleefully over the incident. He seemed reckless, demoralized, and "liob" was prompted to give him a little warning. "It may cost you your job, Al, no said, as lie left the tower. -Oh, well, it will never happen again," was the reply. "I just looked up the road a minute or two too lato. Who could have guessed that the express had passed the opening? I reckon it made those fellows on the special hold their breath. Suppose they had been a few seconds lator! That old compound would have cut 'em in two and "I'd have visions of a jail." At four o'clock, when he again entered the tower to go on duty, there was a wild look in his eyes. "J!ob" urged him to go home and leave tho watch to him, but he insisted on remaining at his post. He seemed very cool and calm. At five o'clock ho announced that both of tho limited trains were on time. They were «'.u<s at 5::JO. Margaret, having missed her afternoon walk with "Uob." came over to soo what had become of him. There was a complete understanding between tho two. S1>o brought soino trifle for her brother to eat, but he declined to break his fast. At 5:27 tho northbound limited passed the open"Watch tho clock and time her, Margv," Danton said. "She ought to be hero in exactly three minutes.'' As lie turned to look down the track ho placed his hand on the lever that operated tho switch connecting the northbound with tho southbound track. ".Cob" noticed the movement and a horrible suspicion entered his aiind. "Margy!" ho called. The gii-1 looked at him and he pointed to Danton, whose gaze was riveted on tho curve two hundred yards away. Then he moved close behind him and took hold of the hand on tho lever. The rumbling of the two approaching trains was becoming louder and louder. "Look out! There she comes! Danton screamed wildly as the train dashed iuto view. Then, turning, he saw the south-bound tearing on. Yes, they would meet right at the tower. "Look, .Margy!" -ho cried. "Look, Bob!" . Then, with a mad shout and a weird, demoniacal laugh, ho braced his left foot against the wall, and, leaning far back, pulled the lever. Hob sprang upon Danton as a tiger springs upon its prey, but tho man was a- raving maniac, endowed with tho strength of a dozen giants. A terrific struggle, short, sharp and. bloody, followed. "Margy, throw back the lever! Margaret, obedient to her lover's command, stood ready, liob had picked up an iron bar, and with one blow had knocked Dantou's hand off the lever. Then ha raised the weapon and brought it down on the madman's head with stunning effect. Danton reeled and fell, with his head between the lever and the wall. Margaret was unable to throw the lever. Her sirongth was not sufficient. To throw it clear over would crush Dan ton's head. Bob sprang to her assistance, threw his whole weight upon the long arin and. with teeth clinched and eyes tightly closed, lay there till the trains had passed on and disappeared. Margaret throw -icr arms around his neck. "Tiob, Hob," she cried, "it's all right. You saved them, you saved them! Oh, Rousing- up he pulled back the lever again and lifted Danton to the middle of the floor, then, pushing the arm back to its proper place, fell in a heap beside his poor friend's body. "Al, Al," he cried, but there was no response. The iron bar had left its mark on Danton's forehead and the lever hod crushed its way into the side of the head, leaving fearful ghastly wounds- - . . ••Uli. uoit, .Murgy: I've Killed mm* Poor Al!" "Xo. Dob, h<- breathes, ho lives!'* moaned, the girl. "We must get'hin* homo. I'll go ii'r help. There come* another t.r:ii:i, I : »b!" T.'u; a-.'.Umritivs n;:ide an investigation of the alTair ii> the tower, and :ho : directors rf \'-.-: •.••>:nvi:my publicly; than'.U'd J!oU for tin- part ho had. phivoil in tin.- \r.::->-(\y. A hotter places- was found for !ii;,-i ami ho was rapidly promot-i-d. til! I", 1 !i.-eanii: assistant to 1 •Jie !HVM'1'-:K. 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