On Monday, as Mr William Williamson,
traveller for Messrs Waud's cheese and bacon factories of Bradford, was at
Yeadon transacting business with Mr John Jackson grocer &c, he unfortunately left his horse and gig standing at
the door unattended.
The animal took fright at an ass loaded with panniers
which was passing at the time and turned suddenly round and ran through the
principal street of the village at a frightful speed.
For some distance the road was
fortunately clear at the time but on arriving opposite the mill lately occupied
by Mr John Clayton, millwright, the runaway came into contact with the gig of
Mr John Lamb, corn dealer of Lindley near Otley and overturned it, throwing Mr
Lamb a considerable distance.
Mr Lamb escaped without much injury
although the gig was thrown bottom uppermost and the horse laid upon his back.
The gig attached to the running horse was completely shivered.
Both shafts were
broken off and the animal, thus liberated, continued it's mad career till it
was stopped by a labouring man, almost exhausted from the loss of blood flowing
from wounds received in it's flight.
Upon examination it was found that a piece
of wood had penetrated several inches into one of it's legs and there was
considerable difficulty extracting it".
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling