Union Pacific Railroad

Western Union
May 5, 1869

UPRR Crew:

Help!!!  Thomas Durant, Vice-President of the Union Pacific Railroad, has been kidnapped.  The railroad workers at Piedmont, Utah, kidnapped Durant because they said they hadn't been paid.  I've contacted the Board of Directors and they are sending $500,000.  Can your crew get the money to the railworkers and get Thomas Durant to celebration by May 10?  We're counting on you.

Grenville Dodge
Chief Engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad

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