98 A hair-dresser's experience
the least perceptible smoke coming out of the baggage
car. I then threw a shawl around me and went out.
Even then, although some moments had elapsed since
the alarm, there was but little fire; but no person
seemed to be trying to put it out, or endeavoring to
I saw no one doing anything except the express¬
man, who was striving to save his own property, and
he having succeeded, it amused me very much, though
in trouble myself, to see him quietly take his seat on
his chest; and thinking he had done sufficient, now
his little property was saved, he would allow no one
to come near him.
I then went into a room in the house and having
sat down, tried to compose myself. I felt very badly,
till I heard the conversation of those around me;
many were in great distress, and were crying—they
had lost their all. I then felt blessed that I had still a
little something at home, and was going where I could
make something too.
Others had important papers and other valuables
with them, who felt very badly about their loss. I
myself was not among the fortunate ones, as I had
some things no money could pay me for.
On the next seat to me was a poor old woman, who
had lost everything she had in the world. She had
been to see some friends, and got from them yarn to
knit stockings and socks for sale, to help her get over
the winter. Her little bundle was burned up; and
she was so much affected by the accident, that though
my own losses did not force a tear from my eyes, I
wept freely for her.
We soon got another locomotive and went on. In-