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TRAIN, George Francis, American finan cier and eccentric author: b. Boston, 24 March 1829; d. New York, 18 Jan. 1904. In 1850 he was put in charge of the Liverpool branch of an American business house and three years later was admitted to partnership. Another branch was established in Melbourne, Australia, in 1853, under his supervision, and during the three years of his stay there he introduced a sailing-ship service between Boston and Aus tralia. In 1858 he interested English capital in the building of the Atlantic and Great Western Railway and afterward undertook street-rail way enterprises in England and other European countries, but his plans, through opposition and otherwise, were frustrated. His next railroad enterprise was the building of the Union Pacific Railway, ground for which was broken at Omaha 2 Dec. 1863 and the connection that linked the eastern and western extremities com pleted 10 May 1869. He made a tour of the world in 80 days, arriving in Marseilles, France, 20 Oct. 1870, where he organized the Com mune, was arrested and imprisoned for 13 days at Lyons. In 1872 he became an independent

candidate for President of the United States. He was a man of eccentric habits and extrav agant speech and in November 1872 was ar rested on the charge of having published ob scene literature. The passages objected to were wholly quotations from the Bible. Mr. Train was discharged from custody after having been adjudged insane by legal decision. His later years were spent in New York, where he adopted the habit of speaking only to children. He called himself of the World," and while his title to property valued at $30,000,000 at Omaha, Neb., remained in litigation he af fected a simple style of and spent his last years at a cheap hotel, where he died. Among his publications are 'An American Merchant in Europe, Asia and Australia' (1851) ;