A stage coach is a great machine, and had it the gift of language, would undoubtedly tell some very strange stories.
We have heard of “love in a stage coach,” “birth in a stage coach,” of drivers getting intoxicated and falling off the box–of passengers becoming exceedingly happy over a bottle of old cognac -of break-downs, runaways–of sticking fast in the mud, of upsets and broken heads, and bruised limbs: but never, until yesterday, have we known of a “fight in a stage coach.”
And yesterday, sure enough, this interesting amusement was added to stage coach varieties. It seems that a large, portly, aristocratic looking old chap stopped at Mr. DOAK’S; and after enjoying, for a season, the best the house could afford, which, we are informed, is as good as the market produces, he attempted to leave without paying his bill; and when Mr. D. reminded him that he had forgotten the host, he (the large man,) invited Mr. D. to get in the stage and ride down street with him, when he would settle with him; but instead of complying with his promise, he attempted to bully Mr. D out of his dues, and when he found he could not do that he absolutely choked him.
This was rather poor pay for good eating, drinking and lodging, and so incensed Mr. D. that he turned in, and “the very fact of the business is,” gave the large man a good flogging.
Collection: The Civil War
Publication: News of the Day
Date: April 25, 1855
Title: A Stage Coach is a Great Machine…
Location: Vincennes, Indiana