According t the Nashville Tennessean on 17 November 1889, two or three nights earlier Major Jesse W. Sparks boarded the train bound for Chattanooga.
Here is THE RAILWAY HOG. / A True Story of How His Impoliteness Was Rebuked."
"The car was crowded, but Mr. Sparks' keen eye soon discovered as he progressed along the aisle what he doubtless considered a favorable opening. An individual, who would by some extremists have been considered a hod of the human species, lay spread across two seats, with his luggage on a third.
'Is this seat engaged?' queried the Major, pointing to the seat upon whose plush covering the stranger's pedal extremities were extended.
The stranger answered not a word, but gave a surprised and insolent stare at the questioner.
The Senator, without more delay jerked the seat over, probably severely abrading the stranger's shin-plasters."