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McCALLUM AND THE BAGGAGE SMASHERS.

D. C. McCallum was general superintendent of the New York and Erie Railroad in 1856. According to the local papers of that day, the "baggage smasher" was even then a terror to the travelling public, and Superintendent McCallum had the temerity to issue an order that employees of the Company must handle the baggage of passengers with the utmost care, under pain of instant dismissal if the order was disregarded, travellers being requested to call the attention of the superintendent to any case of "baggage smashing" that came under their notice. Such an order as that to-day would be considered as a good cause for a general indignation meeting of baggage handlers, and as an infringement of their rights, warranting them to strike in a body and demand redress.


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