Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Story of the Rail


A rural humorist in Screven county tells this exciting story:

"We were coming at a fearful rate of speed down the hill this side of Waters station when suddenly, as we rounded the curve, and just where the hands had been working that day, the engineer and fireman discovered a tie lying crosswise upon the track.

"It was only about 50 feet away, and as we were making 60 miles an hour there was of course no possible chance to avoid running over it. I was looking out of the window at the time and saw the danger just as the engineer and fireman saw it. In another second we were on to it, and we all three shut our eyes and listened for the awful crash.

"But much to our surprise the engine glided smoothly over, the coach followed in a similar manner, and we rolled safely into the depot."

Why, how in the world did it happen?" shouted all his listeners in a breath.

"Oh, simple enough. You see, the tie that was lying across the track was only a necktie that one of the young girls had dropped that afternoon!" — Atlanta Constitution.

Feast of Reason

"The Feast of Reason" was a name given by the French convention to a great holiday celebration on Nov. 10, 1793. It was attended by many revolting excesses.

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