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The death of the signal man When I interviewed Mr Knead he said? 'The first time I saw Mr Head was at noon when the sun was setting. I shouted out too him "Halloa! Below there!" Instead of him looking up, he looked down the line a too the entrance of the tunnel, where there was a red light. So then I repeated myself and screamed 'hallao! Bellow!' This time the man looked up, I asked him if there was a place for me to come down, and he pointed the way. When I first saw him he was a dark sallow man, with a dark beard and a rather heavy eyebrow. After I met this man, he asked me if I had been at the red light at the beginning of the tunnel. He asked me this because he thought that is was down there crying out 'haloa! Bellow there!' I noticed that whenever a train came a red light on the wall would go off and also a bell with it. Whenever this light went of Mr head carried out his job out brilliantly. But I noticed a few times that the light and bell did not go of, and he still went out side to do his jobs. ...read more.


A disagreeable shudder crept over me, but I did my best against it. For the last six or seven months Mr Head said that he was getting over the first initial shock of the spectre, when one morning he woke up and opened the door of the of the box and look down towards the red light, seeing the spectre again. He stopped and stared at me, for a strange reason. So too stop him from looking at me, I said "did he cry out?" James head replied "No. It was silent." I answered "did it wave it's arm?" "No. it leaned against the shaft of the light, either both hands before the face. Like this." I said "did you go up to it?" He replied too me "I came in and sat down, partly to collect my thoughts, partly because it had turned me faint. When I went to the door again, daylight was above me, and the ghost was gone." Then he carried on "That very same day, as a train came out of the tunnel, I noticed, at a carriage window on my side, what looked like a confusion of hands and heads, and something waved. I saw it just in time to signal the driver, stop! He shut off, and his brake on, but the train drifted past a hundred and fifty feet or more. ...read more.


The nameless horror that oppressed me passed in a moment, for in a moment I saw that this appearance of a man was a man indeed, and that there was a little group of men, standing at a short distance, to whom he seemed to be rehearsing the gesture he made. The danger-light was not yet lighted. Against its shaft, a little low hut, entirely new too me, had been made of some wooden supports and tarpaulin. It looked no bigger than a bed. "what is the matter?" I asked a man. "signalman killed this morning , sir." He answered. "not he man belonging too that box?" "yes, sir." "not the man I know?" "you will recognise him, sir, if you knew him," said the man. That's all the in formation that I can tell you, because that's all I can recall. Man Well I only saw him while I was just having a walk across the top with my dog. I saw this little figure on the track and a huge engine coming out off the tunnel. I couldn't recall exactly what had happened but I defiantly remember that the engine had come out of the tunnel and the signalman had either stood there or was looking the wrong way. Then there was a scream when it made connection. The body went flying in to all different direction. So I ran down too the track tooo help this poor man, but unfortunaly it was too late! ...read more.

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