In Halliganís Pond
accident, which might have proved a fatal one, occurred at what is known as
Halliganís Pond, on the 9th Concession, Puslinch, on Sunday last.† As Mr. John McPhee Senior and a friend, Mr.
Patterson, of Hamilton,
were driving along the road, the horse became suddenly frightened and sprang
into the water.† Mr. Patterson jumped
on the road, but Mr. McPhee held on to the lines until he found that he was
unable to control the animal, and then jumped into the water when about
twenty-five or thirty feet from the shore, where the water is about six or
seven feet in depth.† Although Mr.
McPhee is a good swimmer, he was unable to reach the shore, being cumbered
with overcoat and clothes, and, but for the presence of Mr. Patterson, who
shoved out some rails and rescued him, would probably have been drowned.† Beyond a slight cold from the drenching in
the cold water, Mr. McPhee feels none the worse for the experience.† The horse, which was a valuable young
driver, however, did not fare so well.†
Swimming some distance farther, it appears to have reared, fallen
backward in the shafts of the cart, and drowned in seven or eight feet of
water.† After some hours the body of
the animal floated to the surface, and on Monday morning, by means of a raft
and ropes, and with the assistance of neighbours, it was pulled ashore.† The cart and a set of new single harness were
little the worse.† The loss is a heavy
one to Mr. McPhee, the animal being worth about $150.00.
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