Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long box- or house-car for carrying light or fast freight sent by express. It is sometimes combined with a mail-car, or with a baggage- or passenger-car.
“A little later, when the stars were shining brightly overhead, they passed into the express-car, and sent for the conductor and other trainmen, and for Foster.”
“He paused for only an instant to assure himself that the man was in earnest, then he slid open one of the side-doors of the express-car, and stretched forth a hand whose clutch was like the closing of a claw of steel.”
“There were two locomotives, with a huge snow-plough on the forward one, a baggage and express-car, and four cars filled with passengers.”
“Their destination was Indian Creek and on arrival they unloaded from the express-car a Peterborough canoe, a tent and a lot of supplies.”
“This looks like it, don't it?" said the successful express-car robber, holding his valise to the light.”
“He was now fully satisfied that the detectives were very certain that he had a hand in the express-car robbery -- but how did they get hold of that dangerous fact?”
“The rush from the bushes followed; the battle with detectives concealed in the express-car.”
“The bandits were blowing open the safe in the express-car with dynamite, pending which the looting of the passengers was at a standstill.”
“He drove home its loosened nails with two sharp taps from a monkey-wrench, glanced inside to make certain the dog had not gotten out, and presently hoisted the crate aboard the express-car.”
“When the light of the locomotive appears, three lose their courage: the fourth stops the train, and single-handed takes the money from the express-car and from the passengers, killing the conductor and the express-messenger.”
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