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worked with me in forty-eight states
and who, with me, believe it is better
to suffer a little in the cause of hu
manity than to engage in lawsuits;"
One report here said that McCor
mick walked from the train in his
sleep. He did not confirm this re
port. However the thing happened, this
much is. certain: Joseph Rledill Mc
cormick of Chicago was found dec
orating the platform in a suit of pa
jamas just after the New York Cen
tral train rolled in.
Mr. McCormlck was not Injured In any way. A negro porter who ap
parently escorted the Chicagoan from the train, dropped his shoes, socks,
coat and hat after him to the platform.
McCormick was immediately arrested. He was locked up in what he
since has described as" a. "very well-conducted jail."
Later McCormick was taken before Justice Shove. He told that mag
istrate that he was the personal-friend of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, and
had conducted the Bull Moose campaign in the West
Being clad only in pajamas, McCormick had no documentary proof of
his identity with him.
McCormick told Justice Shove he had dinner the night before aboard
the train with John S. Runnels, president of the Pullman Company. After
dinner he said he went to bed. He
found his berth immediately above
the wheels of the Pullman. He was
unable to sleep. He took about fif
teen grains of a bromide.
"And the next thing I knew I was
locked up in a very well-conducted
Jail," finished McCormick.
The police charge against McCor
mick was "drunk and disorderly."
Rumors began to spread of how
thB officials of the New York Central
train had wired ahead asking the
Syracuse police to be ready- to re
Justice Shove, Jlowever, accepted
McCormick's explanation, and Mc
Cormick went to the Hotel Yates and
telephoned to Chicago.
When asked about the rumors as
to his conduct on the train, McCor
mick was quite angry. He would not
talk about it, but gave out a state
ment. The statement follows:
"It is as unnecessary as it is futile
to deny gossipy stories of intoxica
tion. At Ishpeming we had an exam
ple of that kind of rot. I spent the
evening on the train with John S.
Runnells, president of the Pullman
Co. and an old friend of mine, and
later joined some of the train crew,
with whom there resulted a discus
sion which has-been productive of the
nonsensical yarns about myself.
"These gentlemen and I did not
agree, and it became not merely a
discussion but an altercation, with
results which I know they now regret
far more than I.
"I think it is unnecessary for me
to say more to the men who have
This dispatch is very unsatisfac
tory, as any one may see. 1
It lacks any explanation about the
pajamas, for instance.
Other persons have had discus
sions with train crews, but they have
not felt -called upon suddenly to bring
their journey to an end and to do
so in pajamas.
Why the pajamas?
Neither does Mr. McCormick's ex
planation explain the altercation.
Mr. McCormick appears to think it
does when he says so feelingly that,
"These gentlemen and ' I did not
agree . . . with results which I know
they now regret far mo.re than I."
This indicates that the altercation
probably was' some altercation, but
it does not explain it fully any more
than It explains its painful and pa
Then there is the case of the Pull
man porter, a person apparently
without any heart at all.
The Syracuse dispatch records that