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One night William Howard Taft, then a young law reporter, finished studying a case in Somerville, Ohio, and discovered that he could not get back to his office that night unless he could stop a through express.

He wired division headquarters: "Will you stop through express at Somerville to take on large party?" Promptly came back the reply, "Yes."

When the train arrived, the conductor said to Mr. Taft, "Where's the large party we were to take on?"
Mr. Taft regarded his own comfortable bulk ruefully and laughed. "I'm it," he said, stepping aboard the train.

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