By Amos Jay Cummings
In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil conflict veteran and journalist for the recent 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 partly to determine what the entire fuss used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month excursion from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched amazing and interesting bills of the yankee West again to his readers in long island. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's photos of a land and its collection of characters not like something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the hot Mexican sheep mogul 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 nearly unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partly as a result of tales like those. whole with a biographical cartoon and old creation, A outstanding interest is an relaxing learn for anyone attracted to the yankee West within the latter half the 19th century.
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In another scrapbook I found a handwritten note signed “Amos J. Cummings” that reads: “Broke my leg December 27, 1900. ” According to a December 30 note in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, he broke his leg in New Haven and had been transported by train back to his home in New York, accompanied by his physician, Dr. Girdner (most likely John H. Girdner, who was active in Democratic politics in New York). That would have been more than a year after the first broken leg. Did the leg not heal properly?
Newspapers and copies of speeches he gave, especially ones published in the Congressional Record. He had a reputation as an orator and was in demand in both Washington and New York City. By 1891, he was frequently described as one of the “prominent leaders” of the New York Democratic Club, giving speeches at the clubhouse on Fifth Avenue near Fiftieth Street in Manhattan in support of Tammany Hall and other Democratic candidates and causes. He also was often cited in the newspapers as a major Tammany Hall politico, although he sometimes was at odds with some of the Tammany Hall leadership.
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. 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.