Every trainmaster should be a traveling engineer and every traveling engineer should be a trainmaster.
The trainmaster says, "This is my department, you have interfered with my man."
"I know," said Lidgerwood patiently, and the trainmaster gave it up.
When this got down to the superintendent or the trainmaster the conductor was called in.
This was done on the old feudal theory that the trainmaster's name and position must be respected.
Sunday morning he and Norman met in the trainmaster's office.
Like all the other offices in the Crow's Nest, that of the trainmaster was bare and uninviting.
"He can do the job, when he feels like it," admitted the trainmaster sourly.
The superintendent, and later the trainmaster, said: "This is my man."
"Then I'll tell you a fairy tale," said the trainmaster, lowering his voice.