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William Gray
A little team of mules one day trod down a lonely mountain road. One wagon wheel was tightly chained to slow the travel of the load. Grandpa Jonathan Franklin Gray was hauling railroad ties. He was taking them to Atkins. There he'd been offered a good price. His nephew William walked behind; at sixteen he was quite a lad, for the strength in his small body was more than most men he knew had. They had nearly reached the bottom of the Iron Ore Mountain on that day. There Gram could stop the wagon team, get down, and take the chain away. But then the snapping of a link threw sudden terror in their hearts. The wagon down the mountain sped--faster and faster it did charge. Young William knew too well the plight which lay at the next frightful bend, for just beyond was a ravine; the team would plunge over its rim. So running fast, he caught a wheel. It threw him for a sommersault. Jumping back up, he tried again; if he should fail, he knew the cost. This time it held; the wagon slowly stopped, as bare heels dug in the pebbled ground. Just how he managed such a feat, no explanation could be found. The mules front feet were at the edge of the ravine, fear filled their eyes. They didn't know just what was wrong, or who it was that saved their lives. The years will come and years will go. Old memories slowly fade away. But let's not forget the noble deed of that brave hero, William Gray. {a true story from the 1920's}

Submitted By: Randall Gray from AR on 2007-02-13

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