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100 years ago: Lawsuit filed after street car frightens horse, leading to accident

November 3, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 3, 1910:

“Suit for the collection of $4,000 [in] damages was filed against the Lawrence Street Railway Company in the district court today. The action is brought by Mrs. Alice Jackson through her attorney, E. T. Riling, and is for personal injuries received through the alleged negligence of the motorman in charge of one of the company’s street cars. The accident occurred on October 23, 1909, when the attorney’s client with her daughter were driving south on Mississippi. A streetcar approached at a high rate of a speed and their horse became frightened. The motorman, instead of slackening the pace of his car, continued to approach at a dangerous rate of speed, despite the fact that he could see the animal was terror stricken. The animal veered suddenly and overturned the buggy, throwing both occupants out into the street. Mrs. Jackson alleges that had he slackened the pace of the streetcar, the danger might have been averted, and that the horse she was driving was city broke and perfectly safe.”

“An enormous crowd is expected to witness the Kansas-Nebraska game on McCook field next Saturday. Big blocks of tickets for the K.U. bleachers have already been sold and the demand is steadily increasing. Dick Waring, who has charge of the ticket sales, anticipates a crowd of 6,000 to witness the most exciting game to occur on McCook this season.”

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