There Was No Doubt That I Should Make
It Unless Something Unusual Delayed The North-Bound Train, And That Is
Exactly What Occurred.
The steam power of the brake got out of order,
necessitating a stop for repairs, and considerable time was lost.
came on and I began to feel anxious about the prospect of gaining my
The conductor and his assistant, in the knowledge that I had a through
ticket to Hong-Kong, did everything in their power to aid me. Wire
messages were sent to have the Imperial Limited Express wait for "a man
travelling first-class"; to the custom-house, and also for a cab and four
"red caps" to meet me on arrival. The assistant conductor told everybody
of the plight of the passenger with the long journey before him, the
engineer was prevailed upon to increase his speed; and the passengers
began to exhibit interest. A tall Canadian came to me and expressed his
belief that I would catch that train, and even if it should be gone there
was another a little later by which it might be overtaken. "I shall assist
you," he added.
As we approached Montreal there were still twelve minutes left. The lights
of the city were visible near by, and one of my fellow passengers was in
the act of assuring me that my chances were good, when our train suddenly
stopped - on account of the bridge being open to permit a ship to pass. Ten
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