SENT TO THE SCRAP-HEAP.
The other day locomotive engine “97, of the Alton,” was sent to the scrap-heap. It had recollections peculiarly interesting to firemen on account of its connection with the Chicago fire of 1871. On that occasion, the Bloomington, Ill., fire department was one of those appealed to by the Chicago authorities on the second day of the conflagration, it asked the railroad authorities for an engine, flat car and a passenger coach. The apparatus and crew’s were dispatched on these, and engine No. 97 hauled the load, which, of course, was a light one. The distance of 172 miles was run in about three hours, and, as that was the first time that a speed of sixty miles an hour and over was ever achieved in this country, on any considerable stretch of track, the railway men marveled greatly. No sentimental feeling, however, has hindered the descent of the flier to the junk pile.