The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, August 10, 1895, Page 10, Image 10

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Commencing Saturday, Amgtast 10th, 189
Notions, Ladies' and Gents' Famishing Goods, Capes, Jackets, Suits,
11 1 U 11 VI u
illinery, Etc,
THAN 50c. ON
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The 4.54 Expre
(Copyright, 1W, by Irving Bacheller.
ft la to me always an Interesting oc
cupation to look through my old note
foooks, for there I And memoranda of a
number of very remarkable occurrence!
and mysterious Incidents, in the clear
ing up of which my duties as a district
Inspector In the traffic department of
the London and Northwestern railway
have caused me to take a not unim
portant part. And my experience has
not been by any means peculiar or ex
ceptional, tor many of my colleagues Jn
varkms departments of the - service
could tell of equally extraordinary
events with which, at one time or anoth
er, they have been called upon to deal
while performing the duties assigned to
them by the 'company. I have often
thought how much surprised some of
our passengers would be if they only
knew of the romances and strange life
stories of which they have, as It were;
unoonaoiously touched the fringe now
and again as they have perambulated
our stations or traveled by our trains.
A case of much Interest to me at the
time of Its occurrence, and of which I
still 'have In my house a highly prized
memento, was that of the disappear
ance of Mr a Falrholme's tittle boy,
few years ago, as he was traveling
from Rhyl to Connah's Quay by the
:54 express one evening in midwinter.
The case,began, so far, as I was -concerned,
with a summons on the tele
phone. I was sitting In my office at
Chester station one morning, writing
a repott upon the previous day's work
ing, when the telephone communicating
with the superintendent's clerk's office
gave the call for attention.
I responded, amd then received the
message: "Mr. Waters wants to see
Inspector Barnes at once."
Dir. Waters was the superintendent
of the North Wales district, and a sum
mons from him, always called for im
mediate attention.
I hurried along the platform, ascend-
"Coming." I replied. ,
d the stair leading to the district , of
fices, and after the usual preliminary
knock at the door of the superintend
ent's private room, opened it and en
tered. . . ' :
A lady, apparently young, and with a
graceful figure and strikingly handsome
face, was sitting by Mr. Water's desk;
and a glance was sufficient to show me
that she was In great distress of mind.'
''Barnes," said ' Mr. t Waters, "this
lady's name Is Mrs. Falrholme.'' She
sent her little boy from Rhyl to Con
nah's Quay last night by tfie 4 ex-press,-tout
He has not arrived at -his
destination, arid she can get no tidings
of him. . You had better leave any other
work Jwtt have In1 hand, and And the
boy. Sirs. Falrholme will give you par
ticulars. I have explained to her that
Z am due at a meeting now, and cannot
stay to go Into the case further myself.
Let me know the result of your Inquir
ies as soon as possible."
.Mr. Waters shook hands with Mrs.
Falrholme, at the same time uttering a
few reassuring words, and left the
office; and I then turned to the lady and
said: "Will you be good enough to tell
me, madam, all the circumstances In
connection with the disappearance of
your son??
"They are briefly these," she began.
"I live at Walsall, but have been stay
ing for a few, days with my sister at
Rhyl, and have had with me my two
children -a boy off nearly 6 years of age,
and a girl of 3. iFor a day or two my
little girl has been somewhat unwell,
and yesterday I thought I detected
symptoms of scarlet fever.
"The doctor was uncertain about It,
but said he would be able to tell what
the ailment was during the day. I was
terribly upset, and was anxious to get
my boy away from the risk of infection.
I have no friends at Rhyl except my
sister, and at first did not know what
to do. I then remembered that a faith
ful old nurse of my mother's, who mar
ried a Welshman named Edwards some
years ago, lived at Connah's Quay, and
I telegraphed to her.asklng If she would
take charge of my boy for a few days.
She replied at once, readily agreeing to
do so, and I had then to decide how to
get him there. I went down to the sta
tion about 8 o'clock, and at looking at
tfhe time bills, found that there Was a
train to Connah's cjliay at 4!t5 p. m.,
stopping at all stations, and another at
6:54 p. m., which did not stop till It got
to Connah's Quay. I did not like to
leave my Httle girl while she was so un
well, and for several reasons my sister
could not go; and I therefore decided
to send Frank (that Is ray boy's name)
iby himself by the 6:54 express. I thought
that by choosing that train he would be
quite safe, as I would see him away
from Rhyl. There no stop
pages on the wy, and therefore . no
chance of Ms mistaking the station he
was to get out at, or of his being mo
lested by passengers entering the com
partment at other stations; and Mrs.
Edwards would meet him on arrival of
the train at Connah's Quay station. ......
"To make quite sure that all was right
I saw the station master, and he con
firmed my reading of the bills, and said
that my boy was sure to be all right If I
sent him by. that train.. I telegraphed
Mm Edwards again, telling her the
train Frank would come by, and asking
her to meet hlra; and she was kind
enough to wire back saying she would
do SO. -;.w; , .. ... ... .
"I took ..Frank down In good time for
the train, which arrived punctually; and
having taken 4v second-class ticket lor
him, looked for a compartment of that
class, .but I could only And two. One
was full of passengers, and the other
was labeled 'Smoking,' and some noisy
men were In It. I noticed a third-class
compartment with two women In It,
seated opposite each other close to the
door; and as I was afraid the train
would be going If I took up any more
time by looking elsewhere, I thought I
would place Frank In that compart
ment, and at once opened the door and
lifted him in. I then noticed for the
first time that there was a disreputable
looking man at the farther end of the
compartment, and I was sorry that I
had put Frank there; but it was too
late to make any change, for the train
was just' starting. The porter closed
the door, and I walked along by the
side of the compartment as far as I
could, throwing kisses to my boy, which
he smilingly returned; and that Is the
It Was Necessary to Ask Some Questions.
last I have seen or heard of him. I
should have said that as I lifted Frank
Into the compartment I asked one of
the women to see that he got out at the
next -stopping-station, and she prom
ised to do so.
"After" the train had gone I went
home and awaited for the telegram
which I had asked Mrs. Edwards safe
which ' I had asked Mrs. 'Edwards
send 'me, announcing Frank's safe ar
ravllah hrarth mahtm hamth.maht
rival; and soon after 8 o'clock a tele
gram was brought to me, but ohl-I-can-not
tell you what, my feelings were
when I read It; for, as you 'Will see,
It stated that Frank had hot arrived,
and I felt sure at once that' some tnU
fortune had happened to him."
As Mrs, Falrholme spoke, she "minded
me the telegram, which read as follows:
" "Mrs. Falrholme, ."-
"Z, Colwyn Villas, '
, ..'-Rhyl. '..
"Met train, but Frank not arrived by W;
wiH meet next. Mary Edwards."
"I 'don't . remember anything very
clearly for some time after reading the
telegram," Mrs. Falrholme continued.
"My sister tells me- that I- fainted and
remained unconscious for a while, and
when I came to myself the last train,
for -Connah's Quay had gone. I could
not rest, however, without making per
sonal Inquiries about my boy, and I
therefor arranged with my eistef that
she should nurse my little girl; and I
came to Chester by the 10 o'clock mall,
and took a conveyance back from Ches
ter to Connah's Quay, arriving at Mrs.
Edwards' house about midnight, and
finding our old nurse almost as much
distressed as I was myself. '
"Before leaving Rhyl I uad communi
cated with the local police, and I did
the same at Connah's 'Quay in the
early hours of this morning, and no
doubt they are doing all they can; but
It was suggested to one that as my
boy disappeared while traiveling by
train, I had better come to Chester
and see Mr. Waters as soon as his of
fice opened this morning, and ask his
assistance In the (matter, and that
Is what I have lust done."
It was necessary for me to ask Mrs.
Falrholme several questions before I
could feel that I wraa In possession of
all. the necessary particulars. From
her replies to my queries I gleaned
the following further information:
(Mrs. Edwards had seen the boy once
or twice before, and would have no
difficulty In recognizing htm, although
the boy might not so readily know her.
The station master at Connah's Quay
had confirmed Mrs. Edwards' state
ment that the boy did not alight there.
He had delayed the train a minute or
so to look for the boy In some of the
compartments, but could not say wheth
er Inquiry had been made In the 'par
ticular compartment In which the boy
had been placed. . The carriage In which
the boy traveled was In the front part
of the train, about the second or third
from the engine. She was sure rihe
could Identify the man who was at the
farther end of the compartment. His
face bore a coarse, brutal look, and was
disfigured by an ugly scar which ex
tended right across bis left cheek. He
was very dark, and had a bushy beard,
but no mustache. One of the women
In the compartment was stout and had
a ruddy face and red hands, and tho
other was quite young, and wore a
shade over one eye. Frank was con
sidered a pretty child. He had golden
hair, and was dressed In a little Lord
Pauntlenjy suit, covered by an overcoat
of rough black cloth , with brass but
tons, and he wore a sailor cap.' She
had sent his luggage by the previous
train, and It had been received by Mrs.
Edwards In due course. She had given
him a shilling to spend, and he also
carried a small gold watch and a silver
chain, whloh had been given to him a
short time previously. The watch was
old and not of great value, but Frank
liked to wear It whenever he could, and
she had, perhaps rather foolishly, con
sented to his taking it to Connah's
Quay. .Frank was rather proud of the
watch, and might. In his childish way,
have taken It out of his pocket to look
at while In the train. . It was the eder
woman whom she spoke to about seeing
that the boy got out at the next stop
ping station. She did not think she
gave the name of the station. She had
told the boy that he was to get out at
the first station at which the train
stopped, and look out for (Mrs. Ed
wards, whom he was to call "nurse."
She could not say whether the man and
the woman were friends traveling to
gether, or strangers to one another.
I had little doubt' that I should find
that the' train had stopped out of course
at some station between Rhyl and Con
nah's Quay, 'and that the boy had
alighted there In the belief that he had
arrived at his destination.
I got a time-book and made notes of
the timing of the train by which the
boy had traveled. The train stated
from Bangor at 6:30 p. m.. called at
nearly all stations to Rhyl, and was
timed from Rhyl to Chester as under:
Flint .v......,,,
Connah's Quay
Sandyoroft ....
,. ,pasa
,. pass
,. pass
, . - pass
i. m.
Going to the trains office, I asked to
see the guard's Journal of the train for
the previous day, and on examining
It my conjectures as to a special stop
were at once confirmed for, clearly
enough, there was a note on the jour
nal stating that the train had "stopped
"I'll Relieve You of Your Charge."
at Mcityn, by special -Instructions, to
set down Sir Philip Sandford and pat ty.
The rest of the working had been ex
actly In accordance with the time-table.
There was no passenger train to Mos
tyn 1 til 11.45 a. m., . but a fast goods
train left at 10.20 a. m., and I decided
to travel by that, and arranged for It
to slacken at Mostyn to set me down.
"Now, Hughes," I (aid to the sta
tion master, as soon as I arrived at
Mostyn, "I shall be glad to relieve you
of your little charge. I hope you haven't
found him over-troublesome."
The statlon-manter looked at me with
some surprise. "I'm afraid you are
trying to have a Joke at my expanse,
Mr. Barnes," he said.
"Not at all," I replied. "I refer to
the boy who got out of the 6.30 p. m.
from Bangor here laul night by mis
take. He ought to have gone on to
Connah's Quay."
The statlon-marier shook his head.
"There's a blunder somswhere," he
said, "there was no boy got out here
by mistake."
(To be Continued.)
A stout little boy having b:en presented
to the Emperor, Napoleon took him on his
knee. "Well, children." said he. "what
are your names?" "Paul," satd the boy.
"And the other?" "I have no other."
said the boy. "What? Only one name for
both of you? asked Napoleon. "I'm only
one boy," returned the lad. "Why, you
surprlso me," said the Emparor, with a
laugh; "you are so heavy I thought you
were twins."
"I never really loved but one woman,'
said Bonaparte. "What?" cried Bour
rlsnne, with a doubtful smile. 'At one
time," returned the Emperor.
"What Is the matter, Bourrienno?
asked Napoleon of his secretary one mum
ins; "you look blue." "I am blue, sire,"
returned Bourrlenne; "I've written you
up, and, as far as you've gone, you won't
make more than one volunw." We'll (Ix
that," said the Emperor, quickly; "I'll In
vade Russia. That will prov!d you with
two more chapters, anyhow." And he
did.-Basar. , , '
Dr. Lsborde, a Parissn Savant, Claims
That That Is the Best Way to Re
suscitate a Dying Man.
From the Times-Herald.
The Hellman horror, through which
six human lives were lost, is too fresh
In the public mind to need a recount
ing.. An entire family, father, mother
and four children, was killed by as
phyxiation. Not one was saved! This
is the particularly sad feature of the
terrible tragedy, which would make any
thoughtful man exclaim, "What ws
done to resuscitate these unfortu
nates?" The answer Is, "Nothing!"
In tho excitement attendant unon the
discovery of the lifeless bodies, nobody
thought of resorting to means to recall
the apparently extinct spark of life.
The report of the calamity, after de
scribing In what positions the victims
were found, "looking, except the father,
as If they were enjoying a peaceful
slumber, from which they could be
awakened," ended by simply stating
that "it was evident that lite had been
evtinnt for some hours, and any effort
of resuscitation would have been frult-
The subject of resuscitating persons
fram asphyxiation, whether it be
through drowning or otherwise, is just
now receiving considerable attention
from the faculty of the Paris Medical
academy. A number of doctors ex
pressed their opinions that a large per
centage of people who have apparently
suffered d;ath from suffocation might
have been, recalled to life by patient
and scientific treatment.
Advocates Tongue Pulling.
It remained for Dr. Laborde to startle
the learned body by his decidedly novel
way of treating cases of suffocation.
His blzane method seemed both to
amuse and frighten the assembled doc
tors Dr. Laborde Insists that the most
effective and, as far as he has found,
successful way of resuscitation is ob
tained by the rythmical pulling of the
tongue of the person suffocated. The
modus operandi, he explains, Is simple.
The victim Is laid on the ground, table,
floor or any sufficiently large flat sur
face IMost people dead, or apparently
so, have their Jaws firmly set. The
mouth Is forced open as wide as possi
ble and kept In that position. The doc
tor or other operator seizes the tongue
with a firm grip. Then while pressing
down the base of the tongue with a
spoon or similar object he commences
to pull It out to Its full length toward
himself with a steady but strong mo
tuio iniiRt be VeDt ud at the rate
of fifteen or twenty pulls an hour. The
tongue is very liable to slip tnrougn me
..... .ml this must be carefully pre
vented. Or. Laborde advises the per
son performing this operation to wrap
a handkerchief around his hand, by
hinK mum he will secure a very firm
hold on the tongue. "There need be no
pulling too vigorously," he says, 'so
inns- na it la done with the regularity of
clock work, this being Imperative to In
sure success. Care must also be taken
that the operator always pulls the
tnnima toward himself, thus Retting
all the muscles In play which would be
prevented If the pulling was done siae
tf nosnlble It Is beneficial for
the petson who Is being resuscitated
to have someoouy vigorously run coin
the chest and the lower extremities.
How the Idea Came to lllm.
nr T.ohnrde savt that the Idea of this
process suggested Itself to him while
iMttnir mnmtx lah-vjfnrv ecnerlmenfs.
He had noticed that animals asphyxi
ated by means of chloroform, for tha
purpose of vivisection, were strangely
sensitive when their tongue was pulled
out. They became restive and showed
other signs of returning consciousness.
This set Dr. Laborde to experimenting.
He pulled the tongue a number of time
and invariably caused the animals to
break Into a loud hiccough, first rather
passive, but soon becoming sponta
neous. The doctor claims that he has made
almost Innumerable experiments with
dogs, which he has suffocated and
which to all appearances were dead.
He feels confident through the success
he has had that this method of pulling
the tongue is Invaluable. In one case
he mentions a man who had been given
up by everybody as dead through the
Inhalations of charcoal fumes. Dr. La
borde happened to pass the house, was
called In. and succeeded, after working
net less than two hours. In bringing the
man back to life.
This method has met with the strong
approval of loading medical men. an!
may be used not only In cases where
suffocation from drowning or the .in
halation of noxious fumes has en
sured, but Dr. Laborde says It Is as
effective in cases of strangulation, lock
jaw and similar afflictions. - One man
who had, by accident, swallowed the
contents of a bottle of bromide, and
ceased, was brought back to life and
completely cured by having his tongue
pulled in this fashion.
Hard Work and Indigestion go
Hand in Hand.
Concentrated thought, continued in, rows
the stomach of necessary blood, and this is
also true of hard physical labor. r
Wl.fl. n f.vm l.,ru-twia.r llrifl fa made
to do ten horse-power work something is
going to break. Very often the hard- ,
worked mini cotniiiff fiom the field or the
office will "bolt" hi food in a few min
utes which will taice Hours to tngest. i oca
too, many foods are about as useful In the
stomach as a keg of nails would be in a
fire under a hnilrr. The ill-used stoiunch,
refuses to do its work without the proper
stimulus which it gets from the blood and
nerves. The nerves nre weak and "ready
to break," because they do not get the
nourishment they require from the blood,
finally the ill-used brain is morbidly wide
tempts to find rest ill bed. .
The application of common sense In the
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but refreshed and fed on the food they
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