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CHECKING BAGGAGE. mtwl Attttumftft
A REVOLUTION TAKING PLACE IN
Why the Psatehoanl Chook I UWplMlng
the Common llrun Ones Dlflleultlea of
Tracing I.o UaCBrnge Under tlie Old
Ii'IIi.mI lUu'tnijf. I Mm U.
Tin' Mays iif the brans baggage check are
jimilv il, For the past two years the
iiftHl W .il check lias been gradually crowrt
ng it i' it of uw, until brass checks are
Vuw mptoytd only for local checking, anil
fortliat purpose solely because each com
pany ban a large stock of them on hand.
All but three of the railroads entering this
city still use brass checks for local business,
but through baggage Is checked on the
printed and written cards.
Tims an American institution which has
long been a source of admiration to Ktiro
pean visitors Is relegated to an obsolete
custom. The old system was objectionable
for several reasons. An immigrant who
could not speak t lie English language might
come on to this city while his baggage
would be check ud only to Cincinnati. This
involved a tcdteTu delay while the baggage
was being trnced by mail and telegraph
from New York. Again, a busy or absent
minded traveling man might ask for a
"check, Vnndalia." If a cherk should hap
pen to be given to Vnndalia station, the
Wan might go on to Pittsburg or Chicago
before discovering that his baggage was
Mtray. There was nothing whatever on the
brass check to denote whence or by which
line the baggage had lieen forwarded. But
now as soon as he looks at bis check he can
see the point to which it w as forwarded.
The new "paper checks," as they are
called, are designed to and do obviate these
difficulties, which have long lieen a night
mare to baggage agents. Each road has its
own. system of pasteboard checks, printed
In different styles and on different colored
cardboard. When travel between certain
cities is heavy, name of the destination, as
well as the originating point , is printed. In
tome cases the routing is also printed. But
on general checks, which may thus at once
be issued for any place on any railroad in the
United States, blanks are left for the des
tination and t he names of the connecting
roads over which the baggage is to pass.
These checks are numbered consecutively
and are kept for a limited time after the
baggage has been claimed, when they are
destroyed. The check issued to the pas
senger is, therefore, an exact duplicate of
the strap check, which contains full and
explicit information, and missing baggage
can therefore be quickly located by means
of the details printed or written in.
The difficulty of tracing baggage is less
ened in another way. A brass check
might be received here in the morning,
tised to Kansas City at night and sent out
Trom there tne next day. Hut a paper
check can be used only once.
' Baggage agents in large terminal cities
have to be eternally on guard aguinst
trends. A baggage room is regarded by
many as a desirable object for plunder, and
new schemes to beat it. are being con
stantiy evolved, borne years ago a man
applied to have a big sample case checked
to Memphis. When one of the, employees
demurred and said that the applicant did
not look like a commercial traveler, the
man replied that he was a machinist and
that much traveling had broken his chest
compelling him to use a strong sample
case. The baggage was accordingly
checked to Memphis, but the rightful
owner appeared in time to prevent the
theft ol the sample case, which contained
about $6,000 worth of jewelry.
To prevent similar frauds a system of
"claim checks" was devised. If a transfer
company calls for a trunk at a hotel or pri
vate residence and the owner is not present
but will return, a "claim check" is left for
him, which is a duplicate of that attached
to the trunk. If he has gone to the depot
the baggage man will not receive the trunk
unless the transfer company accepts
"claim check" from them. Then when
passenger directs his baggage to be
checked, he is told to call at t he office of
the transfer compauy and get his "claim
check." This simple means of idem idea
tion has been found to work effectively
A favorite method of doing crooked work
at baggage rooms was to steal somewhere a
number of pairs of checks. Then while the
baggageman was looking for the trunk
bearing the number corresponding to that
on the bogus check tendered, the crook
would cleverly remove the strap check
from any trunk of which he desired posses
sion and substitute therefor a strap sheck
from his pocket. Hence it is that all out
aiders are regarded with suspicion in a bag
gage room, although this plan of robbery
is no longer practicable with t he new "paper
When asked if, in view of the develop
ments of x lie past few days, it was not as
easy to counterfeit a pasteboard baggage
check as a railroad ticket. Baggage Agent
William M. Steele replied that he thought it
"Each road has a different style and dif
ferent color of check," said he, "and the
matter that is 'written in' must be in the
same handwriting. Everything on either
check must be identical with parallel in
formation on the other, instead of only thi
number and name of the mad being re
quired to correspond, as under the work
ings of the old brass check system. Even
though a man had a lot of blank forms cor
rectly printed, he would be compelled to
iuspect the baggage he desired to steal,
memorize the number and written informa
tion and then go away and prepare his false
check in the identical maimer and hand
writing indicated on the strap check. Mis
takes would very often be made by him,
which would instantly expose his game
The plan of substituting a prepared strep
check is so old that it is rarely attempted
successfully almost never, for we are con
tinually on the lookout for sharpers and
suspicious Idlers. We are at times very
busy here, but never so busy that we don't
keep an eye on every man in the room who
is not an employee.
' The origin of the "papercheck" dates back
few years to the commencement of the
eta of railway consolidation, when changes
in routings were so frequent that the brass
checks were found inadequate for the work
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An English traveler in Manitoba met Ave
Jouthe who were discussing the latitude of
ame town aud had found themselves un
able to agree whether latitude was reckon
ed north and south of the equator or east
and west of Winnipeg. Those who held
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The Thieving Cossaeks.
The wild Cossacks, living away down iu
the southermoat part of the Russian em
pire, spend most of their time harassing
the Turks. They are peculiarly savage iu
appearance. Their uniform is the Cossack
coat, full trousers, scarlet undercoat hooked
up to the neck, big Ixiots, aud as an over
coat they wear a bourka, a circular cloak
made of coarse felt, with long shaggy hair
on oue side of It. This cloak U big enough
to cover the rider and much of the horse.
The most distinctive point in their dress,
however, is the cylindrical bat of black
astrakhan which they wear at all seasons.
The top is of cloth or velvet. They form
part of the Russian cavalry and live prin
cipally on plunder.- St. Louis Republic.
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Fine suits from $14 up. Linen and Crepe
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