Business & Finance: Pullman Partners

When No. 9, the first Pullman car, left Bloomington, Ill., for Chicago on the evening of Sept. 1, 1859, it carried four passengers. They slept in wooden bunks, were warmed by a wood-burning stove. A brakeman attended to the duties which have since devolved upon the porter. Last year Pullman Co. operated 9,248 luxuriously equipped Pullmans, carried 33,923,920 passengers who were waited upon by 12,000 porters and maids. From its traveling dormitories, Pullman profited to the extent of more than $10,000,000.

In addition to its carrier service (in which it has a virtual monopoly)...

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