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

By Amos Jay Cummings

In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil battle veteran and journalist for the hot 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 partly 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 impressive and fascinating money owed 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 not like whatever again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep rich person who took Denver through 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 was once probably the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partially due to tales like those. whole with a biographical caricature and historic creation, A notable interest is an stress-free learn for anyone drawn to the yank West within the latter half the 19th century.

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Charlton Street in the late nineteenth century was not an upperor even upper-middle-class New York neighborhood. Eulogies after his death noted that Amos was not a rich man, which was true, especially when compared with the businessmen, investors, and gentleman farmers who served with him in the House of Representatives. Even so, Amos and Frances Cummings maintained a seemingly well-financed middle-class lifestyle, one that included numerous extended journeys abroad and around the United States.

Came next. “ ‘Blim! Blim! ’ “The shrieking of the shells as they swept over our heads was appalling. Suddenly, right in front, there was a flash all along the line. The Confederates were within thirty yards of us and had commenced firing. The rebel yell was still heard, but the column had lost its impetus. ’ “The order was heard by every man of the regiment. In a second everybody was on his feet. ’ “The regiment obeyed the orders as if on parade. “Then came, probably, the most singular command ever heard on a battle-field.

Many of those union members thought a boulder was not enough of a monument, and in June 1903 the Denver local called for the Amos Cummings Memo­ rial Hall to be built as an addition to the Printers Home. The new wing would include an assembly room, library, and reading room. Later that year at the union’s annual convention in Washington, the decision was made to see if enough money could be raised for such a project. Frances Cummings pledged donation of Amos’s personal library (765 books), and the gift was accepted by the Home’s board of trustees.

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