Frivolous Lawsuits Were Not Born Yesterday

A wagon carrying 2 women and a boy was left by the curb as the frightened horses pulling it broke loose, raced through a department store, and came out the other side on a race to the river where they both drowned.

A wagon carrying 2 women and a boy was left by the curb as the frightened horses pulling it broke loose, raced through a china shop, and then came out through the door on a mad dash to the canal,  where they both drowned.

 

“A fair, but frail daughter of Eve, in a Michigam [sic] city yesterday, was sentenced to thirty days in prison and to pay a fine of $50 for drunkeness [sic]. When she heard the sentence she hurled a heavy inkstand at the Judge’s head. He dodged, and the missile flew through the window and fell to the pavement, the ink splashing over a lady’s elegant silk dress and totally ruined it. The lady, in trying to shake the ink from her dress, frightened a team of spirited horses, that ran away with a carriage containing two ladies and a child, upsetting a fruit stand and throwing the ladies on a butcher’s cart while the child was fastened [?] in a bunch of telegraph wires about ten feet above the sidewalk. The team could not be stopped, and continued on their flight, finally plunging through the plate-glass windows of a china shop. They ran through the entire length of the store, spreading destruction on every hand; ran out of the door, leaped into the canal and were drowned. Now they talk of calling [?] on the Judge for damages because he dodged the inkstand.”

~ Idaho Semi-Weekly World, December 11, 1885, Page 1.

... on their fated way to the canal.

… on their fated way to the canal.

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Another “diamond in the rough” story-find by the one-and-only Darrell Pittman. Thanks again, Darrell, for being The Pecan Park Eagle’s nose for serious ancient news confirmations, as well as our recorder of quirky events at any point in news-reported distant history. Not to make light of today’s story and its sad chain of improbable events. This one was scary serious to the two ladies and child in the wagon – and deadly serious to the horses that died in the canal.

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 eagle-0range Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

https://bill37mccurdy.com/

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