A Remarkable Curiosity: Dispatches from a New York City by Amos Jay Cummings

By Amos Jay Cummings

In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a adorned Civil struggle veteran and journalist for the recent York solar newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For it slow, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partially to work out what the entire fuss used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched striking and interesting debts of the yankee West again to his readers in long island. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's pix of a land and its collection of characters in contrast to something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the hot Mexican sheep magnate who took Denver by means of typhoon, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who was once submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although this present day he's nearly unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings used to be the most recognized newspapermen within the usa, partially due to tales like those. entire with a biographical cartoon and old advent, A amazing interest is an stress-free learn for anyone drawn to the yank West within the latter 1/2 the 19th century.

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Cummings was as popular a politician as a newsman, and as fervent a Democrat as a union man. In the times in which 41 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America he lived, those roles often overlapped. One example is the sixty-four-page pamphlet called “The Sun’s Greeley Campaign Songster,” published and distributed by the New York Sun in 1872 and authored by Amos. The pamphlet contained lyrics— most written by Cummings and often set to popular tunes of the day—that poked fun at “Useless” Grant, the Republican candidate for president of the United States, and supported Horace Greeley, the Democratic candidate (often referred to in song as “the farmer from Chappaqua”).

Armed with a moistened handkerchief and sniffling and sobbing, she sought interviews with several Congressmen. She claims to be the only sister of the late Amos J. Cummings, and asked for relief. She pleaded amid her sobs for assistance and claimed her dead brother had left her unprovided for and starvation was rapidly approaching. A number of the members to whom she applied were aware that Mr. Cummings never had any sister. The police 47 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America of the Capitol have been notified of the sister in black and will be on hand when the next scene is enacted.

At first it was feared all seventy-eight aboard were lost, but that turned out not to be the case (twenty-two people were washed ashore and lived). The fate of the ship and its passengers and crew gripped the attention of the nation. From September 4 through September 15, 1880, the Sun carried articles about the disaster, most, I suspect, written by Cummings. For at least one of the articles, Cummings used information wired him by one of the men he had befriended on his earlier trips to east-central Florida.

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