Failure to Rob A Train

Cincinnati, Feb. 19. - A big pile of ties was placed on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad near Walton, Ky., on Friday night to wreck the Cannon Ball train, due here that night, but the train was going at such a high rate of speed that the shock broke the tie which was to lock the pile together and the train passed safely.  The train hands searched the vicinity a half an hour, but failed to find any robbers in waiting.  It is surmised that robbers knew that the train had a carload of Government silver dollars going from New Orleans to Washington and that they wanted to wreck the train for that.  There were nearly 100 people aboard the train.


New York Times, February 20, 1889