THE EDITOR’S LETTER.
In the course of a year the general office of a big railroad gets some queer, some funny, some solemn and some “otherwise” requests for passes. General Passenger Agent Ford of the Pennsylvania lines west of Pittsburgh, showed one the other day which he calls the “modest and facetious kind,” from a Western editor living on one of his lines. Mr. Ford thought it too good to “keep,” and it is given below, except the names and locality:
” I have a modest request to make. I want to get a pass for myself and wife from-to Washington, D. C., and thence to New York, with stop privileges at Baltimore and Philadelphia, and return. I know that the general rule is to refuse such requests as this. I wish, however, to state my case :
” Firstly—This is to be my wedding trip, and country editors, you know, in such cases depend upon their railroad friends standing by them in the worthy effort to make their brides believe they have caught a millionaire when they hook on to a country editor. Poor little innocents ! They think that all they have to do will be to ride free over the country and be the honored guests of the great of the land. Little do they dream of the painful truth that they will have to eke out a scanty subsistence from tickets to snide minstrel shows and Uncle Tom’s Cabin troupes, orders on corner stores which will be coldly honored for goods at four times their value, contracts for organs and sewing machines, by means of which editors are permitted, after giving several hundred dollars’ worth of advertising, to purchase an instrument after paying eight-sevenths of its value in cash. “ By the courtesy of railroad officials, editors usually succeed in concealing these unpleasant things from brides, and I, therefore, follow the custom and bone you for the passes.
“ I am postmaster at-, and being one of the rascals who must go, I will have to hump myself to get back in time to be kicked out, and will not be able to move a peg until that momentous event occurs. I think I have made my case ; if you think not, let me know and I will add an amended and supplemental petition. Mark your answer ‘ private.’ I have not yet billed the town nor requested any one’s ‘ presents ’ at my wedding. I might say ‘ burn this,’ but the words are painful.”
Mr. Ford says in this case it was too much for him, and fearing an “ amended petition ” he yielded and sent the passes ; but he desires it to be understood that this is not to be regarded as a precedent or an example for others of the fraternity.