On Monday a young Blacksmith
from Southbury, a native of this town, was driving down
the hill above the center, both horse and drive "full"
of good spirits. But when they struck the drift above
the church the sleigh was capsized and the driver spilled
out while the horse dashed on, but left the sleigh near
the guidepost. Then the horse was captured and taken
to Peck's store. The harness was repaired and the team
started off as guily as ever. Before it reached the
road the sleigh struck a rock and horse, driver and
cutter were all landed in the ditch, well mixed up together.
The driver held on until compelled to let go; then the
horse ran through Mr. Bryant's yard and over Peck's
woodpile where he again left the sleigh, then ran through
a narrow passage between some outbuildings and all around
Bryant's meadow before again being captured. The harness
once more repaired, the team again started off with
the driver considerably sobbered down by his experience.
Source: Von Toble Scrapbooks
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