AMERICANA: Romantic Excursion

As the Lackawanna Railroad's crack Phoebe Snow pulled out of Hoboken and roared west last week, a private Pullman car was attached to the rear, with a party of eight elderly Negroes aboard. The leader and bill payer of the group was a tall, spare man, duded up in a blinding sports shirt and necktie, a sharp-lapelled suit, jaunty Ivy League cap and high-button shoes. He was no potentate from Africa, but William Tyler, 78, a retired Pullman porter, and he was relishing the fulfillment of a lifetime dream.

Last spring Tyler, living quietly in a Los Angeles rooming house,...

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