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In Years Past

January 9, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Patrick W. Eagan, Erie Railroad passenger train conductor, a man honored and respected by hundreds along the system of the Erie road, as well as in his home city of Meadville for years, was sacrificed on the "cross of liquor." King Alcohol was directly responsible for his death through the clutches of a drunken trainman, who failed to close the switch after the freight train had drawn into the siding, as was his duty. Had the trainman been sober instead of sleeping in a drunken stupor in the caboose of the train, he would no doubt have attended to his work, the switch would have been closed and the passenger train of which Eagan was conductor, would have passed on in safety and there would have been no accident, no death.



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