AFTER THE WEDDING
EXCITING AUCKLAND INCIDENT,
Good wishes conveyed in vigorous handfuls of confetti were responsible for what might have been a serious termination to a wedding ceremony in Auckland the other afternoon.
The bridal conveyance was a. carriage drawn by a couple of greys belonging to Messrs Pillion and Annitage. As the couple emerged from the church there, was the usual shower of confetti, and as they entered the carriage a parting volley startled the horses. The driver at this time was at the carriage door, but had the reins in his hand. As the. horses bolted he tried to mount his box, but failed, and then ran along with the carriage endeavoring to hold them in check. Ono of the reins snapped, however, and, gathering speed, the horses careered swiftly down the steep slope of Wyndham street.
Tho wedding guests, who had run after tho fugitive vehicle, observed with considerable alarm that tho carriage was iu serious jeopardy of being overturned by some excavations at the bottom of Wynd ham street, but happily the runaways just missed tho trap, only to dash into what might have been even greater danger in Queen street. Here, again, fortune favored the couple, tor just at that moment Queen street at that point wan free of traffic. On leaching the smooth asphalted surface of tho main thoroughfare both horses slipped. For a moment it looked as though, the momentum of the carnago would carry it crashing into the shop window of Messrs Harrington’s, photographic dealers, but just a-s the vehicle reached the kerbstone o\t) of the, iu.rses fell, and (he shaft, encountering the. pavement, brought the vehicle up with a jerk. It was a very .sobered company of guests that saw tho scared bridal couple alight unhurt from the carriage. Tho bride,' was naturally very much alarmed, and suffering from shock, hut ultimately another carriage was obtained, and conveyed the couple hack to the, church.
Neither the carriage nor horses wore damaged to any serious extent, although one, of the animals ha.d a number of nits about- the legs.
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AFTER THE WEDDING, Evening Star, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915