Carolina Observer, (Fayetteville, NC) Thursday, October 28, 1824; Issue 386; col B
Posted October 31, 2009 by Myrtle Bridges
A melancholy accident happened as the Augusta Stage, was about to leave this place at 4, last Monday morning.
It was exceedingly dark; the passengers, nine in number, had taken their seats, and the Stage was on the way
from the Hotel to the Post Office to receive the mail, when some part of the harness coming loose, the horse,
to which it belonged, became restive, and in a moment the whole set out at full speed; they passed the corner
of the Town House Square in safety, and were going directly towards the bridge, (a very dangerous place,) for
a moment the driver resolved to attempt its passage, but recollecting that the way was intercepted by a pile
of huge rocks, which had lately been placed there for repairs of the bridge, when nearly upon them, he wheeled
suddenly round the corner of Green and Bow streets, and such was the velocity of the motion, that the stage was
thrown from its balance, and came down upon the side with a dreadful crash. The horses disengaged themselves,
and ran off with the fore wheels. The stage overturned immediately in from of the Post Office; Mr. McRae, and
his assistants being up, were instantly upon the spot, and removed such of the passengers as required assistance
into the office where they remained, until medical aid could be procured-this was immediately done.
The following is a list of passengers who were injured:--Dr. Blanding, of Camden (S.C.), had his right arm broken
and dislocated at the shoulder; Mr. Syples, of the same place, his right leg broken, and a slight injury on his
left arm; Mrs. Syples, a severe injury on the shoulder and side of the head; Miss Murray, a cut with a considerable
bruise on the forehead. Some other passengers were slightly injured; but all are now doing well.
We regret the occurrence of this accident, as well on account of the sufferers themselves, with whom we sincerely
sympathize, as because it is the first of the kind that has happened on any of the lines owned by our indefatigable
fellow citizens the Messrs Malletts, who have been engaged as mail contractors for nine years past. During the
greater part of which time they had had stages running every day upon an extent of 300 miles of stage road; with
all the care and circumspection that can be used, calamities will sometimes overtake us; this is particularly
exemplified in the present case-the driver with whom this accident happened, has been upon the line for the greater
part of the last year; his recommendations are of the best kind, and his conduct has been uniformly correct; the
horses were immediately put to another stage, and went off very quietly. In short, every thing that could give
security and comfort was provided.
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