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The Angola HorrorThe 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads$
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Charity Vogel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449086

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449086.001.0001

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(p.73) Chapter 6 Approach
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounted the events that transpired as the New York Express approached Buffalo. It begins by focusing on wood dealer Benjamin F. Betts, who successfully caught a ride despite the train being full, even overfull. It then turns to station agent and telegraph operator J. M. Newton, who received a telegram in his office in the Angola depot, from John Desmond, an assistant superintendent of the Buffalo and Erie Railroad, telling him about a change in the freight's original order. Newton told James Mahar, the switchman, about the change as he got ready for the approach of Benjamin Franklin Sherman's express. The chapter also provides a background on Josiah Southwick, a justice of the peace in Angola at the time.

Keywords:   telegram, New York Express, Buffalo, Benjamin F. Betts, J. M. Newton, Angola, John Desmond, James Mahar, Benjamin Franklin Sherman, Josiah Southwick

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