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Extraordinary Incident on the Road.

A rather unusual accident, which, • however, did not happily have a fatal denouement for the two. persons whose lives were endangered through it, occurred’ at few days ago in a Parisian . suburb. Ah innkeeper residing at Courcelles was engaged closing his house towards midnight, when he perceived,/ to use ■ his expression, a con- ; flagaration on wheels coming along the road. He called the attention of one of his men to the singular apparition of moving flames from which, as it came rapidly . nearer, heartrending cries for help were ; heard to proceed, accompanied by the

•, terrific. neighing of a horse. The ..vehicle on fire was recognised a ' moment later as belonging to a laundress ■ Who,- -wfthher husband, had left the s^btftb,ln : the mofning for Paris. The ] nbi&j [jmaddened by the flames which ’ : .Surrounded it, : had become unmanageable, ahd the two poor creatures in the - wagon seemed destined to certain death when-the innkeeper, an J old soldier, had ' a happy inspiration. Quickly fetching . his guri ? he loaded it, knelt down, and 'waited until the conveyance was sufficiently dose, when he.fired at the horse :with - such good effect that the animaJL -felidown dead. The two persons ini "the wagon *' were promptly released from jtheir- critical position, and the ' fire{ by their rescuer. "Fortunately, neither husband hdr wife jrwas. very : badly burned, and when they : had* recovered from their fright they 81 caiightfire 1 They had passed the evening with a' friend in Paris, and on the return ' j qurney both, of diem dozed,, leaving the-horse, which knew the way home, to its own guidance. They were roused from their .nap by the animal -running away, and perceived that the; ■waggon was bn fire, the accident being : caUfied- by the young woman’s shawl, which had slipped from her shoulders,, Tailing- over one of the lamps. But for , the ihnkeeeper and his gun, the consequences of indulging in napping whilst driving might have been more serious than .they were.

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Extraordinary Incident on the Road., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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Extraordinary Incident on the Road. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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