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TRAPPING A LOCOMOTIVE.

Another hunting incident occurred in connection with the early locomotive, in which John Quick was the chief actor. He lived about five miles from Milford, in Pike County, Pa., at a place called Schocope, and about as far from Carr's Rock, now Parker's Glen. The locomotive had been in use distributing ties and rails along the line from Shohola toward Port Jervis for some time. Quick, hearing the shriek of the whistle one day, thought it was the scream of some wild animal. He was a great trapper, and he at once got out his bear traps, shouldered as many as, he could conveniently carry, and started for the woods. After travelling four or five miles to the head of the glen leading down to Carr's Rock, he set his traps, and every two or three days would go to look them over, and see if he had caught the beast that yelled so. At last, while visiting his traps one day, he heard the scream of this animal. The sound came from toward the river, two miles away. He cautiously started in that direction, his rifle ready to send a bullet into the beast the moment he sighted it. Frequently he heard the same screech repeated. He kept on until he came in sight of the railroad. Then, to his disgust, he found that for a month or more he had been trapping for a locomotive!

Quick was a famous hunter and trapper, and for years afterward he enjoyed telling this story.


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