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Runaway Accident
Fenelon Falls Gazette, 31 Aug 1894, p. 4, column 4
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Last Tuesday afternoon R. M. Mason, V. S., drove to Blythe to attend a horse owned by Mr. William Davey, and took with him his eldest child, a little boy about four years old, to whom, on the return journey, the doctor gave an apple and a bulrush that he had pulled in the swamp. Dropping the apple on the floor of the buggy, the little fellow slid off the seat to get it, and, when he had picked it up, suddenly leaned over the dashboard and struck the horse with the bulrush. The high-spirited animal, which has never been touched with a whip during the seven years the doctor has owned him, gave such a jump that one of the clips that hold the shafts to the front whiffletree was broken, and, when the cross-bar fell against his hind legs, began to kick and run away. Hanging on to the lines with one hand, with the other Dr. Mason lifted the child over the back of the buggy, let him drop, and then gave all his attention to the horse, which was going as fast as he could and kicking at every jump; but the buggy, dragged along at a furious rate by one clip only, was soon upset and turned completely over, with the doctor beneath it. How long he was imprisoned and how far he was dragged he does not know, but he was at last liberated by a tremendous blow from the horse's hoofs, which not only forced the buggy from the shafts, but actually threw it back into its natural position, right side up, but the front towards the direction from which it had come. Dr. Mason, to the best of his belief, was not kicked; but there was an ugly bruise near the front of his left leg between the knee and ankle, and a wound of considerable extent, but not much more than skin deep, on the outside of his right thigh, which must have been struck or jammed with great force, as it felt sore down to the bone and made him walk a little lame. The horse, which was cut and scratched in several places, though not badly injured, ran from where the buggy was left near Mr. John D. Naylor's, to the premises formerly occupied by his owner on Louisa street, and, the gate not being open, tumbled over the picket fence into the yard, from which he was led by a couple of villagers and tied to a post to wait till called for. But he didn't have to wait long, for the doctor, who had got a ride in a farmer's waggon, soon came up, unhitched him and took him home. He is not at all a vicious animal, and will follow his owner around like a dog, but is well bred and high tempered, and evidently has a great antipathy to bulrushes. It is hardly necessary to say that the little boy was unhurt, and the buggy was not as badly damaged as might have been expected.

Media Type
Genealogical Resource
Item Type
Account of a runaway buggy accident
Date of Publication
31 Aug 1894
Personal Name(s)
Mason, R.M. Dr. ; Davey, William ; Naylor, John D.
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Runaway Accident