December 9, 1905


     No one has seen the child’s face.

     Since 1876, there have been 17 railroad accidents with trains that have stopped at the Cross Station. The fatalities have been high; the survivors marred with hideous injuries.

     And at the scene of each incident, whether it was in Worcester, Massachusetts or Bangor, Maine, Washington, DC or Jacksonville, Florida, those few individuals who remained unscathed asked after the girl.

     She is described as pretty and polite, a child riding to see her family and holding on tightly to a beloved doll. The child has given her name as Sarah, Melanie, Rose, and Cherie, to name but a few. She has spoken in the perfect English of the Queen, and the bitter, sharp bite of the New Yorker. At some periods, she has spoken only German or French, Russian or Polish.

     Her clothes are always immaculate, expensive but not tawdry. Despite her apparent youth, she speaks with a maturity well past her years.

     Only one picture of her exists, and her back is to the camera. This image was taken on December 9th, 1905, shortly before the train left the Cross Station.

     In less than eight hours, the majority of the people in the car were dead, and the girl was missing.

     At present, the Cross Station continues to serve the commuter community, and each station master is taught the history of the unknown girl. While they do not know what the child looks like, they know she carries the doll, and it is the doll they look for.

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