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By Amos Jay Cummings

In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil struggle veteran and journalist for the recent York solar newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For your time, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partly to work out what all of the fuss used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched amazing and interesting bills of the yank West again to his readers in big apple. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's pictures of a land and its collection of characters in contrast to whatever again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the hot Mexican sheep rich person who took Denver by way of hurricane, 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 this day he's nearly unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings used to be essentially the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partially as a result of tales like those. whole with a biographical cartoon and ancient creation, A awesome interest is an relaxing learn for anyone attracted to the yank West within the latter 1/2 the 19th century.

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The Cummings household in 1890 also included a fortyyear-old servant, Louise Lewis, and her three children (daughters aged eight and seventeen, and son, five). By remaining in their neighborhood, shrewdly investing in property and collecting rent money, Amos and Frances Cummings could afford to feed their penchant for travel. S. political arena, something he had been writing about for years (he was initiated into the Tammany Society in late December 1885). His first campaign for the United States House of Representatives was successful.

Cummings, the brilliant journalist and president of the New York Press Club, last evening gathered in George Hopcroft’s parlors at No. 57 Franklin street. The occasion was intended to be a surprise to Mr. Cummings, and it was a complete one in every detail. He was presented with a gold watch, chain and locket which cost $350. Jolly speeches were delivered and a magnificent banquet was enjoyed. Mr. Cummings was the proudest man in New York. . The poet Geoghegan was the moving spirit in the whole matter, and to his untiring energy the charming success of the affair was entirely due.

We were supported by the regular battery occupying a slight elevation in our rear. Our position was about three-fourths of a mile north of Salem Church. “The Confederates massed and came down on us five lines deep. As they advanced I could hear the officer in charge of the battery behind us giving his commands. He was gauging his fuses by the advance of the enemy. “ ‘Second and a half ’ he shouted. “ ‘Blim! ’ responded his guns. ’ he cried. “ ‘Blim! Blim! Blim’ was the reply. ’ he roared. “ ‘Blim!

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