Listen: Gangrene, Allan Pinkerton, Andrew Carnegie discussed on Timesuck with Dan Cummins
"First, eight hundred eighty four Allan Pinkerton died at the age of sixty four and there's a little speculation about how he died. This is I'm not making this up. It's usually said that Pinkerton slipped on some pavement and bit his tongue that resulted in gangrene good, God gangrene of the tongue. I've never heard of that before. Now have a new fear. Please Nimrod you let not to let me die. Do not let me dive gangrene of the tongue. I think I would rather have gangrene of the dick that have gangrene of the tongue. What is worse than that? What's worse than gangrene of the tongue? Maybe gangrene the ice. Like, if you had gang green, and each of your eyeballs, I think if you had gangrene and each of your eyeballs and your tongue and your dick that might be the worst might be the worst way to go. And I and I'm going to say this now, listen up meets X, if I ever contract gangrene of both eyeballs and tongue and dick you have my permission to push me off the top of a very tall building. And or cliff. Into a burning pit of swords perhaps just make sure I on die very quickly at that. At that point anyway contemporary port, though, they give other possible causes such as he's come to a stroke. He had he did have a stroke year-earlier or maybe to malaria, which he had contracted during a trip to the to the south previously. So hopefully, it was malaria or stroke, both sound way less horrific thing gangrene of the tongue to rotting tongue in your mouth you smell. It. All the time, you taste your rotting flesh. The probably a couple of spiders walking around on, you know, a couple of Roanoke recluse spider just Walker on your tongue just eating your rotten tongue. Don't you think about that? When you're trying to tonight at the time of his death, Allan Pinkerton was working on a system to centralize all criminal identification records, which we spoke about earlier, you know, they were building the very first criminal database a database now maintained by the FBI. His agency did live on continued to grow after death by eighteen ninety Pinkerton national detective agency at two thousand active agents thirty thousand reserves, that's when they had that huge army that made everybody nervous because the state of Ohio to actually outlawed the agency to the possibility of them being hired as a private army in eighteen ninety two the Pinkerton found themselves in a very dramatic battle with the labor union, homestead, Pennsylvania. This is crazy. Henry c Frick general manager of the homestead plant the Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie largely owned was determined to cut wages and break. The amalgamated association of iron steel workers spirits, right? This. The nation's largest dealmaker largest craft union despite Carney's public pro labor stance. Carnegie did support for plans behind the scenes and in the spring of ninety two Cardi he had Frick produce as much armor plate as possible before the Union's. Current contract was set to expire at the end of June. And then at the union failed to except for new terms. Carnegie instructed him to shut down the plant and just wait until the the workers. Folded we'll to protect the nonunion workers he planned to hire. You know, get some scabs take these jobs for turn to some enforcers, he had previously employed. The Pinkerton he wanted to bring them into their big private police force to protect, you know, nonunion workers going in for less pay than the union workers want will three hundred."