Thursday, June 18, 2009

An Incident In The Life of President John Morgan

President John Morgan was scheduled to attend a conference in Kentucky. Expecting money with which to pay his fare from headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., which failed to arrive before the departure, he was greatly worried. Just before train time he felt impressed to wire the general passenger agent of the N.C. & St. Louis Railway [Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway] in Nashville, Tenn., to wire a ticket to President Morgan's destination. He boarded the train and when the conductor asked for the ticket informed that official that a telegram would be at the next station from the general agent authorizing the passage.

The telegram was there as promised. Returning from Kentucky, President Morgan stopped in Nashville, introduced himself to the general agent, whom he had never seen or known in any way, explained his business and offered pay for the ticket. The telegram for the ticket had been a simple request with no explanation. The agent said that when he received the wire he asked, "Who the hell is John Morgan." The agent said he did not know what made him comply with the request from an utter stranger.

The upshot of the whole matter was the appointment of President Morgan as an emigrant agent of the railroad which entitled him to ride free and resulted in considerable revenue to the Mission from commissions on tickets by reason of Saints going west over the N.C. & St. Louis Railway.

Thus the failure of the money to arrive on time proved a blessing in disguise and is an example of the sublime faith of President Morgan.

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