Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Conductor (a leader) generally signifies the leader of the music in the opera or in concerts. Their practice of conducting music by the wielding of a baton is of comparatively late introduction. The name is also applied to the person in charge of a public vehicle, whose duty it is to collect fares and to signify to the driver when to go on and when to stop. On some English railways a kind of superior guard upon certain important trains is sometimes called a conductor; and of late years Messrs. Cook have made us acquainted with personally-conducted travelling parties.