Contributed by Gigimo
Description: A Narrow Escape.Date: February 3 1900
Newspaper published in: Carbondale, IL
Mrs. Kate Pleasant, a widow woman living on Big Hill in Mt. Carbon, had a narrow escape from death Thursday afternoon of last week. She started to walk across the Illinois Central railroad bridge across Big Muddy between Mt. Carbon and Murphysboro. The fast train from St. Louis was dashing down the track across the flats on the west side of the river. Mrs. Pleasant kept right ahead walking between the tracks. The engineer of the fast mail saw her and applied the air brakes and came to a stop just as the pilot of the engine almost touched the woman's garments. She made no effort to get off the track until the train came to a stand still, and she then stepped aside until the train had passed.
Her actions would make it appear that she was courting death.