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EXTRAORDINARY CAB ADVENTURE.

A Melbourne oabman named John Orange has gone through an experience whloh would have ooat most men their lives, but Orange survives to give the detalla of a moat extraordinary aooldent. Orange was engaged by tiro gentlemen to drive them to and from a dinner party whloh was given at Toorak on Friday night. By the time the party broke up Orange had managed to make himself so intoxloatsd that his fares, preferred to walk home Id preference to traatlng themselves to his care. He therefore started for town with hla hansom by himself* He got oompletoly oonfused as to the road he ahoald take, and about midnight ho found himself m a paddook near the Tarra. Ho nearly drove Into a shaft 40 feet deep, whioh had been used as a well for a windmill, but esoaped by taking a sharp turn while he was on the very edge, He then got into a vary much worie position, though he was not aware of it at the time. He was driving pn the fldge of an embankment eighty feet high sloping into the Yarra, when he deoided to return the way ha had come. He endeavored to turn his horse, and the result was that the horse, oab and driver were preolpltated over the embankment. Horse and oab rolled over and over and dashad Into the river at a spot where it runs 26 feet deep, By a itroka of good luok Orange became unseated half way down the embankment, and was safely deposited on a ledge there four, feet wide, where, he slumbered till the morning. It was only on awaking at daylight that he realised what had happened. He went and told his atory at tha Toorak polloe station, and when the river was dragged I the oab was fished up from the' bottom, and, strange to say, was not- much In* jured. Stranger still the horse was found to have escaped, and was discovered, somewhat knocked about, grazing pn the opposite bank of the river. The only explanation as to how the horse got free is that when tho oab etruok the water It floated for a few seoonds, and the horse's haunohes went under. The weight of the animal broke the girth, and, the horse sinking m a baokward direction, the collar passed over his head and pulled off the wiukeri. Finding himself free, he struck out for. the shore, while (he oab slowly sank to the bottom.

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EXTRAORDINARY CAB ADVENTURE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1984, 31 October 1888

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EXTRAORDINARY CAB ADVENTURE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1984, 31 October 1888

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