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He Gave His Life

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Theauthornf "Tales of ;ui Engiiieer" pays a tribute to the meniory of a inan cf 'nis own oraft who stuck to his engtrje, knowing thut his death alone coulíl lessen the danger of those in his charge. The traiu had crosser! a bridge and was approaching .1 tunnel, which, being ou the shadow side of the hill, looked like a great hole in the night. Nearer the engine the engineer saw a nuinber of dark objects ecattered ftbout. In another second he discerued what these were aud realized au awful danger. As he reversed the engine and applied the airbrakes he ahouted to the fireman to juinp. He might have jurnped himself, for he saw the danger first, but 110 such thought came to him. lu auother second the pilot was plowing through a herd of cattle asleep on the track. If they had all been standing, he VFOuld have opeued the throttle and sent them flyiug into the rivervith less risk to his train. But they were lying down, and as they rolled nnder the wheels they lifted the great engine from the rails and threw her down the dump at the very edge of the river. But so well had the faithful engineer performed his work that the train was stopped without wrecking a car. M;uiy of the passengérs were nut awakened. The trainmen came forward and found the engineer. He was able to speak to them. He knew that he had but a few minutes to live and left a loving message for his wife. Theu, as if he had nothing more to say or do, he closed his eyes, f olded his hands over his brave heart and without a niurmur, apparently without pain, died.


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