Windy City (8 Nov. 1881?)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 24 03:17:33 UTC 2003

>    I just looked further down the column.  "Windy City" refers to
>Chicago.  We now have 1881--not even close to the 1893 fair.
>   8 November 1881, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER (Ohio), pg. 5, col. 1:
>    _Vanderbilt's First Fast Train._
>    NEW YORK, November 7.--The New York Central's first
>twenty-five-hour train to Chicago started punctually at eight
>o'clock this morning from the Grand Central Depot.  It was made up
>of a baggage car, a coach, two sleepers and a drawing-room car, with
>Henry Mulligan's engine 52.  Few passengers had taken seats for
>intermediate stations.  Tickets to Chicago are only sold unless
>there are seats.

Odd use of "unless" too! Makes it sound as though they start selling
tickets when they run out of seats.


>Five minutes before the train started a few seats were left.  Up to
>late this afternoon the train was running on time.  From Buffalo the
>train carries mail matter which leaves New York with the 4:45 a. m.
>train.  The fast train from Chicago is slower.

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