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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