Thank you, Joan, I see your pp 177-179 reference in Miller's book as  being 
from the 'New York Herald,' 1877.
  However, I think that Miller has mangled the citation, that it is  really 
from 1895, and from the 'Philadelphia Inquirer.'
Much thanks! Now to see if the story can be traced further back,  in time...
In a message dated 4/20/2016 7:16:59 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

I  checked my Francis Miller book "An Inspiring Story for boys", Pages 177 
to  179. The story is recorded in the New York Times in 1877. Complete  
Times article is in the Miller book.
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