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.
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