Barbox Brothers / by Charles Dickens
Barbox Brothers and Co. / by Charles Dickens
Main line. The boy at Mugby / by Charles Dickens
No. 1 branch line. The signalman / by Charles Dickens
No. 2 branch line. The engine-driver / by Andrew Halliday
No. 3 branch line. The compensation house / by Charles Collins
No. 4 branch line. The travelling post office / by Hesba Stretton
No. 5 branch line. The engineer / by Amelia Edwards.
Transcribed from the 1894 Chapman and Hall 'Christmas Stories' edition by David Price
must have some name in going about, for people to pick up," he explained to Mugby High Street, through the Inn window, "and that name at least was real once. Whereas, Young Jackson!--Not to mention its being a sadly satirical misnomer for Old Jackson."
He took up his hat and walked out, just in time to see, passing along on the opposite side of the way, a velveteen man, carrying his day's dinner in a small bundle that might have been larger without suspicion of gluttony, and pelting away towards the Junction at a great pace.
"There's Lamps!" said Barbox Brothers. "And by the bye--"
Ridiculous, surely, that a man so serious, so self-contained, and not yet three days emancipated from a routine of drudgery, should stand rubbing his chin in the street, in a brown study about Comic Songs.
"Bedside?" said Barbox Brothers testily. "Sings them at the bedside? Why at the bedside, unless he goes to bed drunk? Does, I shouldn't wonder. But it's no business of mine. Let me see. Mugby Junction, Mugby J