Illustration by William Meade Prince (1893-1951), a prolific but largely forgotten contributor to magazines, especially The Country Gentleman and The Saturday Evening Post, in the 1920s and ’30s. He certainly nailed the smoke-filled room in this one.
“Put Me Off at Buffalo” (1895) was a song about an intoxicated Pullman porter who put the wrong man off at Buffalo.
An engineer on the “Western Mail” leaps off his cab to save a little girl on the tracks, but is run over by his own train while saving her life.
Davis was a retired Pullman porter who composed this 1896 song and other hits such as “The Fatal Wedding.”