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New Jersey Herald - April 24, 1873 issue
A Funny Incident on the Sussex Railroad

We have somewhere read an incident of a forgetful gentleman who on a certain occasion prepared to get his effects off a steamboat at a landing. He had piled his three trunks and innumerable bandboxes and parcels on the landing, when the thought forcibly struck him that he had forgotten something. He went over his inventory and found that everything on it was safe on the wharf. Yet his mind was unsettled, and the more he thought of the matter the more convinced he became that he had forgotten something. In his perplexity he went to the Captain of the boat and inquired, and received from that dignitary the curt reply:

"I don't know what you've forgot, but the boat starts in just two minutes, and you'd better get that woman and those six children out of the cabin."

"By hokey, that's it," exclaimed the relieved and happy man, "I knowd I'd forgot something."

This incident was recalled to our mind by a funny little episode that occurred on the Sussex Railroad on Tuesday evening of last week. Billy Nolan, engineer, came rushing into the Andover depot, and as he pulled up the station agent shouted out:

"Haven't you forgot something, Billy ?"

Billy looked back over his train and exclaimed in astonishment:

"Where the deuce is that passenger car."

And sure enough the passenger car was missing. His mind became at once filled with vague fears, for he knew the car was with the train at Waterloo. It might lay a wreck on the track or fallen down an embankment for all he knew. Nothing remained for him to do but to proceed slowly back toward Waterloo. This he did all the way till he arrived there and found the car and its load of passengers standing safely on the track at the station.

When the Morris & Essex passengers had arrived at the depot and were seated in the Sussex car, Conductor Burrell, gave the word "All aboard," and jumped upon his car. But strange to relate, the car was uncoupled, and did not start, while the engine with the rest of the train sped away around the curve. Conductor Burrell ran out on the platform and shouted with all his might, but too late to stop the engine. Nothing was to be done therefore bit to await the return of the engine, when should find that, (although through no neglect of his own) he had let his passengers. The only result of the mistake was a little delay and a hearty laugh at the expense of our good natured and obliging friend, Conductor Burrell.