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" Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along a railroad at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine ; would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance ? "  "
Tait's Edinburgh magazine - Page 459
1857
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The Monthly Chronicle of North-country Lore and Legend, Volume 2

Northumberland (England) - 1888
...idle kind. One answer he made is so famous as hardly to need repetition. An honourable member said, "Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along...get in the way of the engine, would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance ?" " Yes," replied Stepheuson, " varry aakward— for the coo !...
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Natural Causation: An Essay in Four Parts

Constance E. Plumptre - Causation - 1888 - 198 pages
...rather than to gain any information as to the question before them. Among them was this question* : " Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along...get in the way of the engine, would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance r " To this question the witness, not wanting in that sense of...
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The Co-operative Traveler Abroad

Edward Owen Greening - Co-operation - 1888 - 257 pages
...may as well finish it. " Suppose," said an anxious agricultural member of Parliament, — " suppose a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of one of your engines going at that dreadful speed — would not that be awkward ? " " Varry — awkward,"...
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The Railway Agent and Station Agent: A Monthly Magazine ..., Volumes 9-10

1889
...desert him, he certainly would kill the project. One member tried to crush him with this question, — " Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along a railroad at nine or ten miles an hour, and a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine,...
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The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries, Volume 25

John Austin Stevens, Benjamin Franklin DeCosta, Henry Phelps Johnston, Martha Joanna Lamb, Nathan Gillett Pond - United States - 1891
...relation to this contemplated railroad, that he was asked, " Suppose, now, one of your engines to be going at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that...line and get in the way of the engine; would not that be a very awkward circumstance?" Stephenson replied, " Yes, very awkward — for the coo!" Then, again,...
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Our Railways: Their Origin, Development, Incident and Romance, Volume 1

John Pendleton - Railroads - 1894
...the familiar railway auecdote about the relative strength of the locomotive and the cow originated. "Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along...rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that a cow was to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine ; would not that, think you," asked the...
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The Fourth Reader

Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States - Readers - 1894 - 381 pages
...gravelooking gentleman, thinking to put him down by ridicule, said, "Suppose one of these engines to be going at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that a cow were to stray upon the line, would not that be a very awkward circumstance?" "Yes," replied Mr. Stephenson, "very awkward, indeed,...
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Curiosities of Law and Lawyers

James Paterson - Law - 1896 - 790 pages
...weight in a measure ceases." The senior wrangler was taken aback, but he next put a poser to George. " Suppose now one of these engines to be going along...get in the way of the engine, would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance ? " " Yes," replied George, " very awkward for the coo! " The senior...
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Bon-mots of the Nineteenth Century

Walter Jerrold - English wit and humor - 1897 - 189 pages
...one member of the committee pressed him with many questions, and at length put the following case : "Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along...get in the way of the engine ; would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance?" CPEAKING of the Revised Version of the New Testament, Spurgeon...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 54

1857
...the members of the Committee >reesed the witness a little further. He put he following case': — ' Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along a railroad at lie rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that a cow were to stray upon the line and ;et in the way...
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