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MILLIIEIM PA.. THURSDAY, MAY 12., 1887
Kn Express Robbery.
What l*rcviiiiel II From llclng a Com
There has never been a time since express
messengers were entrusted with sinus of
money when they have not been conspired
against by lent men. The HIIIIIIMT of those
who have lss'ii kilhsl or wounded in the
line of duty would iiurke a startling rwurd,
Now ami then one lias gone wrong pud has
lauded himself |u State prison, hut for every
gueh i'ast" huiidretls have proved their ster
ling integrity against all temptations.
About twenty years ago I had a run us
express messenger west from Chicago for
several hundred miles. The amount of
inoney'jtuKsing lo and fro was very large,
and there were M -asions when the run east
almost made a millionaire of me for the
time being. While the orders to express
messengers were not so stringent then tlie
fear of rublsrv was just as great, and wo
were provided with stout safes and tirearms,
and euutinned to never relax our vigilance.
The cars which I occupied were properly
the baggage ears, I had about a third of the
spaee divided oft' by a pine partition. There
was a door in tlijs partition whieli 1 was
supjHMud lo Weep locked at ail times, but
wlien we got out on tlie road, and my work
was all in hand thisdtsir u*,-d to nearly al
ways stand ojM-n. The baggageman was al
lowed to come into the little room, and 1 in
turn would enter his part, and sit on the
trunks and chat with him. Tlie idea that
the railroad hands would ever have designs
on fliu express money never eutv.rd any
body's head. More than oiieo I left the
baggageman In charge of from 97.5,000 to
£150,000 while I went to a meal in the rail
For over a year, on the run east, I hud a
baggageman with whom 1 could chum in
all tilings, ami I should have had no fear to
hand him the keys of the safe. He met
with nu uecident, and then one mail and
uuother lunl his place until four eaiue and
went in side of six months. The tilth man
I liksl least of all, Perhaps thjs was lie
cause he weuied to make a dead set to •-
cure my good will and eoutldence. He was
full of flattery, overwilling to offer his as
sistance and sjiend his money ; but this
emu!net had an opjmsite effect on me from
w hut he in tended .While 1 could not siisjieet
that ho had a wj< kul motive in his notions,
I took a dislike to him and had to foree my
self to treat him with eivility. He was all
right with the conductor and brakemen.
however, and 1 heard the engineer and ftr*-
man agree that lie was a capital gissl fel
It was, of course, against the rules of tlm
road to pass deadheads in the baggage-ear,
hut after this man, who went by the name
of !Vt-r McCal*', liad Iss-n out tor three
or four wwks tin-re was harilly a run that
he did he did not have some deadhead with
him. The eoiulut t<ir must have Iss-n on to
uiin, but lie made no objections. TIM*M
dtnullwatls wen* not unfortunates, but invar
iably well-dressed, and seeming to have
plenty of funds. They l<M>ksl to nie like
tough characters, ami my r.-sjs-et for the
honesty ami morality of the baggageman
was not a \i%dt ineri-astsi. He never intrm
diu*ed any of tliein to me, but I aOerwards
reineialtered how closely they sized me up
ami ins|xvtcd my end of the ear. McCal*-
liad IMVII on the run ulamt four months,
when, one evening at sewn o'clock as we
pulled out of the dejtot for the run east, two
men got jnto the baggage-ear with him.
They w ere cautious alsmt jt, getting on in
the yards aft-r the train was clear of the
building. When 1 came to see them by the
light in the car I diseov*ml that Inttli of
them had lweti over the road with hiiu I**-
f,,iv—not togetlier, but singly and at inter
vals. There was nothing in their apjM-ar
ance or conduct to arouse suspicion, how
ever, and thy gave me not tlie least atten
tion. 1 had my way-Mils to ch<*ck up and
pans-is to put away, and this kept me busy
for the first half hour.
All the money going as far as Chicago
was placed at the Isittoni of the safe. That
to 1H- handed out en route was at tint top :
on this occasion only three packages were
to lie delivered ls-fore reaching Chicago, and
as they contained less than 9l"0 each I laid
them on the shelf, locked tin* safe mid put
tin- key in my p<H-kct. We had made three
stops and had come to a run of eight miles
without a station, when 1 looka-d up ami
noticed the three men with their heads ts
g<-tlier. It was a suspicious thing only
when I eamo to bank bark u|>on it. Of the
eight-mile stretch llien* wen* five miles of
springy track where tin* spea*d of the train
hnl to lae reduced to about lifleeia miles
an hour, and we had only entered upon this
when MeCabe a*allsl to me :
"Say, Oeorge, come and look over tlais
trunk. There is such an infernal smell that
we've come to the conclusion there's a de ad
body in it."
The alitor in the partition was made of
slats or pickets, and I could sea* out or one
c mid S4S* in. I rose up, unlocked it, and
went to the other cml af the car, where tin*
three were grouped about a large trunk.
".lust put your nose down hen-," said
MeCabe, his features at the same time wear
ing a look of d*ep digaast.
I bent over the trunk to got a sniff, and
the jiext instant the three men seized me
ami Ism* me to the fioor, one of them hav
ing his lingers on my throat so that I could
not utter a sound. They had lashings and a
gag at hand and in throe minutes I was tied
lianal anil foot, and as helpless as one couhl
"Sorry to use you this way, Co-orgi-," said
the baggageman as lie fastened the gag in
my mouth, "but. we must have that money,
and we didn't want to crack you oil tlie
head. Now then, boys."
One -of them opened the sliding door
while the other two wi-iat.after the site. I
don't Kupjaoso it was five minutes from the
time they seized nu* until they had thrown
the safe out ami followed It. My feet were
lashed to the handle of a trunk, nay ellaows
pulled behind me and tied, and the gag
would not permit me to utter a sound.
There was nothing to alo but to let them go,
but I had a good look at both tlm st rangers,
and I went to work to paint their portraits
on my memory.
My condition was discovered at the first
stop, and the loss of that money raised art
awful row. There was upwards of £BO,OOO
lathe safe, but liail there been less than a
hundred the company was bonnil to get it
back. 1 got off, against the advice of the
conductor, and telegraphed the fact of the
robbery and asked for instructions. While
awaiting an answer I took a deputy sheriff,
both of us mounted on horses, and rode back
to the scene of the robbery. It was in June,
ami scarcely had we started when a thun
der storm came up. We rode right down
the railro ad track until we were, as near as
1 <>uhi Judge, at the spit where the safe
had IM-CII t in-own out. I remembered of the
ciiglno-r hi*t ling for a crossing just In-fore
the men jumped, and now I was going on
tin- theory that tlu-y hod con foal crates wait
ing at tin* crossing for them and their
plunder. About half a mile from tills
crossing we laud to leave the railro ad track
and take to tin- woods,ou amount of a treat hi
work over a creek, iluring ail this time
the lightning was striking almt us with
heavy crash o*, and the Hashes were some
times so sharp that the horses seemed dosed
for a moment.
When we fin ally struck the highway we
were half a mile from the crossing. The
ilaunder and lightning had patwn-d over, hut
it was still raining heavily, ami the night
was dark. We tunmd to ride to the cross
ing,hut had not goiio a hundred feet Is-fore I
heard human voices. Whoever they belonged
to were coining toward us, ami we slippM
off our horses and stood under the trees ait
the edge of the highway. The voices mine
nearer, and presently I identified that of the
baggageman as he said :
"Nolssly is to blame for |t, bid we've lost
precious time ami must go ahead now."
After a bit we made out thm* black spits
in the darkness, and I heard a sound which
convinced me that the safe was ba-ing car
ried by two of the men. It weighed two
hundred poinds or mure, aud though pro
vided with handles was a dead weight to
a-.-arry under any eimnmstauetts. As the trio
came up we dashed at them with a yell,
a..ach <,f us having a drawn revolver, 1 gut
the baggageman, but one of the strangers
opened fire on the deputy and wounded him
mad Isith got away, though they were run
down inside of a week. MeCabe made a
ajeaia breast of the matter, as rogue** often
do. He had Is-en planning for week* to rob
uie. A confederate was to Is- at the cross
ing with a team to haul off the safr, but he
was half an hour lata*. Then harilly had
they loaded up the safe w hen a hilt of light
ning prostrated an old stub and one
of the hones, H Started off after another,
but was so long that the robbers became
Impatient, and thought to carry the safe to
some more secure spot. By the time I got
a telegram ordering me to Chicago to give
particulars I h:ad the motley and otata of ihe
men, and I aim gayn the local officers the
utue to overhaul the others. How was I re
warded at hendapuirtcrs ? I was iuvestiga
ted, bulldozed, laid under suspivioii ami fi
mally depriv<-d of my situation on the
ground of carelcssiieas. My testimony sent
the three men to prison, ami the psp'r*
called me a liefo, bi|t Ih<> express company
laid me aside without making charges of
any sort, and I was never re-em ployed.—N.
Curiosities of the Illhle.
The Istoks of the Old Testament ;j*l.
The clnapta-rs in the t>hl Test:uneiit, !fJ9.
Versa*s in the Old T*stament, 23,241.
Wonls in the < Hal Testam<-nt, 502,430.
la-tters in tlie Old Testament, 2,72X,1(K).
Tin- lsMiks in the New Testament, at.
Tin* chapters In the Nw Testament, litiO.
Wnu-s in the New Testament. 7,U50.
Worals ita the New T-stament, 181,253.
Jj-tt-rs in the New Testament, K."K,;ißt>.
The ApH-rypha has chapters, IH.I.
Tlie Apocrypha has v*nM*s, 7,081.f
The Apaerypha has wonls, 152,18.5.
Tin* middle verse is the stla of i'salm
The won! "and" occurs In the Old Testa
ment 35,543 tltiu-s.
The word "Jehovah" occurs 6,ftts times.
The wonl "and" occurs in the New Testa
ment 10,004 times.
The mhhlle l>ook of the Old Tcstutament
The middle chapter <f the Old Testament
is Job 21'.
The mhhlle verse of the (fid Testament is
2 Chronicles, 22d cliapter, 17th versa*.
The shortest verse in tlie Old Testament is
1 Chronicle, Ist chapter, 2.5 th verse.
Tlie longest verse in the Old Testament is
Esther Bth chapter, fitla verse.
Th>* middle lt.sk of tin* New Testament is
The middle chapters of the New Testa
ment are Rom ans, l.'itla and 14th.
The middle verse of the New Testament is
Acts, 17th chapter and 17th verse.
Tin* shortest verse in the New Testament
is John, 11th chapter, 35th versa*.
All About C'allco.
The derivation of tills wonl Is very inter
a-sting as of sua-h an ancient alata* is its arig
in. Mrs. Leonowens SJIVS in lia*r "Travels
in India," that "in the year 14!8, just ten
months ami two days nfta-r leaving the port
of Lisbon, Vasco da Gania, lamh-d on the
a-oast of Malabar at Calient, or more proper,
Kale ltlioala, 'City of the Black (Jadda*ss.'
Calient was at that period not only a very
aiu-ieiit sa-apart, but an a<xta>nslve ta<rrltary,
W'hi<-li,stra-teliiiig along tlaa* western eauast of
Soiitlia-rn India, ra*:ia-laa*il from Itonabay anal
adjacent islamls to Cajae Cotnorin. It was
at an early pt-riMl so famous for its weav
ing anal alying of cotton clotla th at its name
Iwcanie identilleal with tha* manufacttiml
fabric, wha-nce tin* name a-alia-aa. It Is now
generally aalnatttaxl that this ingenious art
orginatetl in India in very reunite ages,anal
from that country found its way into Egypt.
It was naat until toward the mhhlle aaf the
seventeenth century that calico-printing
was in trod ureal into Kurtape. A knaawhslgc
aaf tlaa* art was aa'apiirasl iiy soma* of the sa*r
vants in the service of the Dutch East India
Compatiy ami carried to Holland, whence
it was introduced in Lonalon in the year
1076." It is surprising for grown-up chil
dren, as well as our young folks, to learn
that "Pliny as early as tlie first century
mentions in his natural history that there
a*xista*l iii Egypt a wonderful method of
alya*itig white cloth." Calico cannot IK* ale
spised when it boasts of siai'li antiquity.
Tlie shoddy nvake-iaja of the ira*sa*nt alay
may loa>k tlown with contempt upon the
a*alieo alra*ss, but "What kinal of a lineage
has it ?" the calico can proudly ask.
TUB WAY OF THE SPECULATOR.—' They
met in Exchange place -a year ago tlais
month. One had just bought liis wife a
pair of diamond earrings, and the other had
been moving into an up-towu brown front.
They met again on Sixth avenue yesterday,
and the one iquired :
"Say, Green,recommend me a pawn shop.
I want to spout thase diamonds."
"Ah, has it come to tliat old boy ? Say,l
can't do it. We've just moved into rooms
over this hat store, and I'm not acquainted
Terms, SI.OO per Year, in Advance.
Hints to Swimmer*.
• Whentlio season arrives,'re
marked a Nutatoribin professorlho oth*
er day, we'll hear of the usual maxi
tnuru of drowning cases, and among
them, as usual, a fair share of expert
swimmers. The chief reason why good
saiimners arc so often drownod when
they are accidentally thrown into the
water is because the shock causes
them to lose their prcseuce of mind.
The loss of presence of mind leads to
paralysis of body, or to such wild ex
ertions as accelerate drowning instead
o( contributing to preservation. The
ability to behave wisely in case of
sudden accidents can culy In; required
by experience, just as everything else
has to be acquired. The theory ot
matter can be taught in swimming
schools, but the pructioo must be ac
quired by experience. Ilcncn, in some
of the European swimming schools
the pupils are taken out boat-riding
and purposely upset, as though the
upsetting were accidental. Tbey are
ulso suddenly pushed overboard, and
subjected to all manner ot prepared
accidents, so as to accustom tbem to
acting iu emergencies. In this way
they learn how to behave in case of
real accidents, and aro protected a
guinst tlnr loss of their presence of
mind on occasions of danger on the
water. They arc also taught to have
faith in the sustaining power of wat
er itself. They get to know that
water will sustain them if they will
only render theleast help. A finger laid
upon an oar or the gunwale ot an o
vcr-turned boat, or a board, or almost
any floating substance, will sustain
the human body in calm water. Per
sons who have been properly taught,
and haye acquired the h&dit of acting
with self possession in the water when
tbey are upset, do uot attempt to
climb upon the overturned boat, but
simply take hold of it and quietly sup
port themselves. A boat,half filled with
water, or completely overturned, will
support as many persons as can get
their hands upon the gunwale, if tbey
behave quietly. In a case of accident,
a person who understands and acts
in accordance with these facts would
stand a better chance of being saved,
even if he were a poor swimmer, than
an expert swimmer would stand who
should lose his presence of mind.—
Origin of Some Political I'hrwsM.
'Are you going home to look alter
your fences ?' a reporter of the Cin
cinnati Enquirer asked John Sher
man, who laughed heartily and re
'Do you know how that expression
orignated ? No ? Then I'll tell you
When I was Secretary of the Treasu
ry I came home to Mansfield for a few
days at one time. As soon as I got
there there was an influx of newspa
per correspondents from all parts.
Some of them announced that I was
getting ready to run for Governor;
others that I was working up a boom
for the presidenlal nomination. One of
them came to meand boldly asked me
what I was doing in Ohio. It just
happened that on that day I had con
tracted with a man to repair some
fences on my place that were in a
tumble-down condition. So when
that newspaper man asked me what I
was doing in Ohio I told him that I
had come home to look after my fences,
lie published what I said, the ex
pression was taken up by the papers
and went all over. It has been used
on some occasions in the British Par
liament. It's funny bow these politi
cal expressions originate. In some
city just before election the Democrats
employed au immense number of la
bors to lay water pipes. That's what
gave rise to tie expression 'layio,
pipes'. You remember that at one
time the Democrats were called loco
foeos. During a Democratic meeting
in New York the participants grew so
turbulent that it became necessary to
extinguish the lights. The partici
pants, left in total darkness, pulled
out locofos, as the old fashioned
matches were called. That's how
that name originated.'
They Found Him Out.
Silence is not always a |>roof of wisdom,
though often it is a sign of it. Here is a
story that a gentleman who had a son who
was not particularly bright always admon
ished the young man to be silent, and so
cone eal his folly.
One day the two were invited to a large
dinner, and, as seats were not plenty, the
father, and son were separated. During the
meal, two gentlemen who sat opposite the
young man differed in opinion on a subject
they were discussing, and rather than have
a serious dispute, tliey agreed to leave it to
the gentleman opposite them to decide.
They stated their case to him, and asked
his opinion. The son was silent. Tliey
waited a little while, supposing tliat he was
meditating, and again asked him to decide.
Still he kept silence. This led the gentle
men to look steadily at him, when both ex
claimed at once : "Why, the fellow is a
''Father ! father !" the son called ; "they
' have found me out!"— Youth's Companion.
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Protected by High Prices*
Several years ago tbero was Id tbo
book and stationery business at Kala
mazoo a gentleman named B , who
has since retired, and whose name la
not infrequently seen attached to very
creditablepieces of verse andbumorous
anecdotes which in appear print and
are usually widely copied. B
bad a local reputatiou for asking just
a little more for his goods than any
of bis competitors. There came to
tbo classic shades of Celery vflle in
those days as ambitious but impecnu
ions youth to sit under the teachings
of President Greory and bis band of
professors in Kxlazoo College. In
tense thirst for literature and an emp
ty pocket were too mneh for the
youth's moral backbone. He was
caught one day stealing a book from
a Main street store. On account of
the disgrace it would bring* to the
name of education the matter was
bushed up, and the young man let off
under promise of making full restitu
tion of the purloined volumes. He led
the way to his room pointed out a
long row of books which be acquired
through a systematic course of shop
lifting. It was a choice collection;
be bad stolen with rare taste-
The books were taken down,identi
fied by the dealers' marks, and sorted
into piles. It was noticed that though
every other store iu town had been
touched for one or more tomes,B 'a
stock was not represented In the plun
'Now/ said a grave professor, turn
ing to the misguided student: 'now
that it is all over tell why you have
never stolen any books from Brother
'Well, I'll tell jou. Whenever 1
took down one of Mr.B——'s books
and looked at the price it scared me
out; I didn't dare to steal.so much.'—
Detroit Free Press.
Riding Free On a S2O Gold Ple*.
A woman richly d routed entered a street
car Lately, and wbeu the conductor appear
ed handed him a S2O gohl piece.
"I cannot change that for six cents," he
"I have nothing I M," was the curt reply.
The alternative before the man was to put
her off the car or pay her fare out of his own
pocket. Not having the courage of turning
so magnificent a personage out into the
street he chose the latter course and said
nothing. A week later she repeated the
same trick, the conductor, still awed by her
manuer ami dress, allowed himself to be .
cheated into silence. Having told the story,
however, to a superintendent, he recieved a
canvass bag containing nineteen silver dol
lars and ninety-four cents in pennies. One
rainy morning, soon after, the woman ap
"So sorry to always have large money,"
she said calmly, holding out the gold piece,
"Oh, that's all right, ma'am I" The con
ductor took it, and emptied the silver and
bronze into her Lap. "I will not take it 1"
"Then you must leave the car,"he replied
His Wife Spent the Other.
"I'll tell you fellers," remarked MePelter
to a crowd of married associates, "most of
us are too close on the money question,
when it comes to our wives. Now the oth
er day I went home with just two ten-doi
lar bills in my pocket. I put one in the
clock for safe-keeping and gave the other to
my wife. I don't regret it now, in fact I
wish I had given both of them to her."
"Oh, don't tell us any more of that, Mac,"
replied a doubting listener.
"But it's a fact," reiterated McPelter ;
"you see a burglar broke into the house and
stole the bill that I put in the clock 1"
THEY had been attending a lecture, and
site had invited him into the parlor.
"Papa savs he likes to have me attend
those lectures, although he does object to
you, George. He says I always bring home
so much useful information from them."
"Yes," said George, as he heard the old
man's footstep in the hall. "And a young
man to boot."
GENTLEMAN (looking for a summer resi
dence in New Jersey)—" Are you troubled
with mosquitoes very much ?"
Jersey landlord (reassuringly)—"O, no,
sir. Occasionally they show up about the
yard, but they are not allowed in the
Seeking Marriage License.
The Buffalo "Courier" tells of a gen
tleman of that city whose heart was
wou by a belle in a neighboring Penn
sylvania town. An engagement fol
lowed and in due time the wedding
day was set. The piospective gioom,
it appears, regarded his abnegation of
bachelorhood with a sort of rueful mis
giytng, which increased as the days of
his liberty waned. His last revolt a
gainst the shackles of matrimony oc
curred when he was sent to secure the
marriage license, a few days before the
ceremony. He sought the city official
who presided over the license depart
ment, and asked gravely :
"Is this where licenses are kept ?"
"Yes, sir," answered the clerk, po
litely, "what kind of license do yon
"Well, what kind have you got?"
rejoined our friend, with superhuman
The clerk had begun to look upon
his visitant as a lunatic, but be oblig
ingly rattled off the list: "Giye yon a
license to drive a hack, give you a
license to pull teeth, practice medicine,
give yon a pawnbroker's or a huckster's
license, giye you a license to keep gnn
powder in the bouse "
"Stop," said our friend, quietly:
"that's what I want."