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At Close Quarters With Death

A Story of the Rail

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Author: Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne (Weatherby Chesney)
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,663 / 11 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 798
Added to site: 2009.10.19
mnybks.net#: 25585
Genre: Short Story
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or me, I'll blow this gentleman's backbone through his teeth. And now I'll trouble you to reverse that engine of yours and back the train a mile down the grade, and stay there for an hour."

I saw the link-motion traverse, and saw the man shove over his starting lever. Then the engine coughed again, and the train slid away from me. All along the cars windows shot up, and savage, insulted faces appeared, and nervous hands which grasped every kind of weapon. A score of muzzles were concentrated on the train robbers. They, in their turn, made no counter demonstration against the train. Both their revolvers rested against my head. I shut my eyes and awaited death. It seemed impossible for me that those humiliated passengers, now that their prey was cast loose, could refrain from revenge. No one would blame them heavily if I fell: the country would applaud if the train robbers were killed. Hours seemed to pass. Then a voice spoke up, as it seemed, mistily, and from a great distance.

"All right, Mr. Ca

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2013.09.02
Henry L. Ratliff
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(1899) Crime / Railroad / Action


Plot bullets


  • What starts as a card game in a railroad car, turns violent.

  • The next hand to be dealt, becomes of lesser concern to one man.

  • It\'s a train robbery, and he is caught in the middle


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