from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device by which the momentum of a street-car is utilized in overcoming its inertia in starting again after stopping: this is usually effected by means of springs.
- n. One who gives the order or signal for starting a horse-car or railway-train at a station; a car- or train-despatcher.
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He was a crackin 'good shinny player, and he could lead them cotillion-dances blowin' a whistle and callin ',' All right, Up! 'or something, like a car-starter, -- but,' Tell me something good about him, 'I says to an old friend of his family.