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By Amos Jay Cummings

In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil conflict 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 used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched impressive and fascinating bills of the yankee West again to his readers in ny. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's photographs 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 via 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 at the present time he's nearly unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once some of the most recognized newspapermen within the usa, partly as a result of tales like those. whole with a biographical caricature and ancient creation, A amazing interest is an stress-free learn for anyone drawn to the yank West within the latter half the 19th century.

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His oaths were terrific. He called them all the names in the vocabulary of indignation. There was a score of our regiment, however, who did not lose their heads. ’ I shouted, at the same time seizing it by a wheel. The enemy were making for the gap, but four of my comrades were with me around the gun. On came the Southerners and our little group was increased by the coming of a few more of our men. “The piece began to move backward in answer to our efforts, but, suddenly there was a change of scene.

Cummings pulled no punches in reporting what he saw and heard, whether it was a man trading his daughter for another man’s wife and twenty cows or a farmer feeding thousands of sea turtle eggs to his mule. Cummings returned to New York from Florida and almost immediately set out on the western odyssey that is the focus of 22 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America this book (the route of which is explored in more detail below). It was on that western journey that Cummings began to sign his Sun stories with the pseudonym Ziska.

I suspect it was not a cold at all, but the broken leg. 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.

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