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STRANGER THAN FICTION. They dared and did fearful and wonderful things in the .days of many rivalries among- the railways'. There is a story of the days when the Hertford, Luton, and Dunstable line had not been amalgamated with the Great Northern, which is still told to frighten unruly apprentices' in the?; loco, sheds. Just south of Welwyn station the main line was bisected at a level crossing by the line of the local company, and all sorts of devices wore employed to work the trains at the point. Signalling was very primitive, it must be understood. One day a Northern goods driver, approaching the crossing saw to his horror a local passenger train coming full speed to the same point. He shut off steam, and whistled to his guard to apply the brakes. Then he changed his min'd ; lie would make a dash for it, and get over before the local. Ho clapped on steam again, but the brakes wore by this time on, and the sudden strain caused the g'oods train to part in the middle. The fore part went safely over the crossing ; the local train then made its way across in safely, and then the second half of the goods train —which had been coming slowly on with brakes applied, followed its leader, just missing the last coach of the train which had crossed it. The local train had passed in safety between the two halves of the goods train. McKAY BROTHERS will fell in the EXCHANGE Sale Rooms Esk-st. to-day (SATURDAY) as under--12 noon—Cows. 12.30 p.m. —Poultry. 12.45 p.m.—Pigs. 1.30 p.m.—Hawker’s Van, Dog-cart and Harness, Potatoes, Wheat, Oats, Bacon and fruit, viz., Peaches! Plums, and Apples, Pot Plants, Fuchsias, etc. 2 p.m.—Furniture and ."Effects, comprising 2 .Suites. 2 Sideboards, K. : Dresser, 3 Duchosse Chests, Bedsteads, Overmantels. Col. Sofa, Wash-stands. Garden Seats, Hose, Plasterers’ and Carpenters’ Tools, Meat Safe, Wheelbarrow, etc.. PRELIMINARY notice. LOOK OUT FOR Bth Annual Clearing Sale OP IRONMONGERY, CROCKERY, GLASSWARE, BRUsHWARE FANCY GOODS, &c., &c., AT J. T. Gibson’s, DEE STREET. Everything beipg marked down to Bedrock Prices. JA. MITCHELL & CO. will sail by • auction in the Prince of Wales Yards on SATURDAY, MARCH 9th, At 12 a.m.— On account Mr John Hannah, Thornbuiy—. ~j| WELL-BRED Clydesdale Mare On account other vendors—--30 At 11 a.m. — DRAUGHT and Light Horsea O EXPRESSES, Trapa, Harness. &c WHENEVER you see a smiling wonan think of HONDAI-LANKA TEA - t always gives pleasure. *

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Page 12 Advertisements Column 2, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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Page 12 Advertisements Column 2 Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907