Costa Rica. High aloft the great Varilla River is spanned by a railroad bridge. Out upon it puffed an excursion train. The excursionists chiefly farmers and laborers, had purchased their tickets at a high price, most of which represented a charitable contribution to a home for the aged, sponsored by the noted Professor Francisco Gomez Alizago.

As the overloaded train jolted upon a poorly fastened rail, there came a rending crash. A car teetered sickeningly, fell to the bottom of the river. Two other cars slithered and hung pendent...

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