"History and Stories of Nebraska"
by Addison Erwin Sheldon

Produced by Connie Snyder


A RAILROAD FIREMAN'S JUMP


On September 29, 1907, the three older children of the Dixon family, living about one mile from Seward, started for school. Baby Gladys Dixon, who was only nineteen months old, went with them a little distance. Away the children ran, and Gladys was soon left behind. Still she followed on until she came to the Burlington Railroad track.

It was nearly time for a train to pass, but Gladys did not know that. She stood close to the rails and waved her hands as the great black engine came in sight. The engineer tried to stop the train. Fireman Lux looked out and saw the child upon the track. He ran out on the foot-board and reached the pilot just as the engine was close upon the little one. There was no time to lose. He sprang from the pilot and while in the air, caught Gladys in his arms, and they rolled together down the high embankment. What followed is told by Mrs. Dixon: "As soon as the children started for school, I began to do the morning 's work in the house. Just as I was washing the dishes, I heard the train and the engine gave a strange scream. I thought of Gladys, and my heart gave a big jump. I started out, and just as I reached the door, the train stopped and Mr. Lux was bringing the baby up to the house."

The railroad people gave Mr. Lux a gold watch for his bravery. The parents of Gladys gave him a handsome diamond charm to wear with the watch, and little Gladys received a ring with a blue sapphire from the man who saved her life.


QUESTIONS

  1. What other story similar to this have you heard?
  2. Was it a part of the fireman's duty to do what he did? Why?
  3. When ought one to risk his own life trying to save another?



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