A few days ago in Cork, an amusing incident occurred at the train station involving a General, his guest Lady Claremorris, and an irate American traveler. Lady Claremorris, during her visit with General and Mrs. McCalmont at Government House, had prepared to depart from the station. The General, dressed in his fatigue uniform, was there to bid her farewell as they were engaged in conversation.
Nearby, an American traveler argued loudly with a porter over the labeling of his baggage for the “Kingsbridge” (Dublin) train. The porter attempted to explain that the train was bound for Limerick, not Kingsbridge, but the American insisted on having his luggage placed on the train and demanded to speak with the station agent.
In his search for someone in authority, the American noticed the gold facings on the General’s uniform and promptly approached him. Tapping the General on the shoulder, he detailed his issue and the porter’s refusal to comply. Calmly, the General questioned what this had to do with him. The American, growing increasingly indignant, accused the General of wasting time talking to women while there was work to be done.
This comical misunderstanding showcases the blending of various cultures and responsibilities at the Cork station, with an American traveler mistaking an off-duty General for an authority figure on train matters. The lighthearted encounter reflects a moment of confusion and cultural differences in an otherwise mundane setting.
Manchester Courier – Thursday 30 August 1900