By Amos Jay Cummings
In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a adorned Civil struggle veteran and journalist for the hot York sunlight 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 all of the fuss was once approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched impressive and interesting debts of the yankee West again to his readers in manhattan. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's pix of a land and its collection of characters not like something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep multi-millionaire who took Denver by means of typhoon, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who used to be submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although at the present time he's almost unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings used to be essentially the most recognized newspapermen within the usa, partly as a result of tales like those. entire with a biographical caricature and ancient creation, A impressive 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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Even while the ship’s owners in New York City were denying anything was amiss, local residents in Florida were finding cargo, bags of mail, timbers from the ship, and bodies along the Florida coast from St. Augustine to Cape Canaveral. 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.
By comparison, the total population of the territories of Colorado and 48 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America Utah and the state of Nevada together numbered only a paltry 169,141 people. There was no electricity to run appliances in 1873. The phonograph and electric lightbulb were not patented until later in the decade. Gas, oil, and wax fueled lights. There were no automobiles, and trains ran on steam. In 1873, Remington and Sons first began to mass-produce the manual typewriter. Amos Cummings, who apparently dictated his stories for much of his professional life, later learned to compose on a typewriter.
In several of the newspaper obituaries written about Cummings in the New York Times and Washington Post, there are mentions of an unspecified health problem that led him to take extended journeys out of New York City, such as the one to the American West in 1873. S. Army during the Civil War, but that is not true. He was mustered out at the end of his tour of duty. ” The exact nature and cause of any physical problems he had remain a mystery. After he was discharged from the army in mid-1863, not long after the Battle of Salem Heights, Cummings returned to New York City, where he was rehired at the New York Tribune and its sister publication, the Weekly Tribune.
A Remarkable Curiosity: Dispatches from a New York City Journalist's 1873 Railroad Trip by Amos Jay Cummings