Fort Wayne, IN Runaway In Circus Parade, May 1895

HORSE SCARED BY THE ELEPHANTS.

RUNAWAY IN FORT WAYNE WHICH CAUSED INJURIES TO MANY PERSONS INCIDENT TO A CIRCUS PARADE.

Fort Wayne, May 22. -- A serious runaway accident occurred here this morning during the Ringling Brothers' circus parade. About twenty persons, mostly women and children, were injured and two will die. Those most seriously hurt are:
JESSE DEVAUX, back sprained and possibly broken.
MRS. ALFRED DEVAUX, bruised, stunned, and injured internally.
MRS. JOHN KRAMER, leg injured.
MISS KATE LAMAY, injured about head and back.
MRS. ELIZA LAMAY, skull fractured in two places; will die.
MRS. SARAH LAMAY'S two babies, HARRY and FLOYD, cut and bruised.
MRS. BENJAMIN MEISER, rupture of ligament of leg.
MRS. AUGUST SCHOENHERR, feet and legs cut.
HARRY WEHNERT, three years old; skull fractured; will die.
MRS. FREDERICK WEHNERT, scalp wound and cuts on face and body.
The runaway horse, hitched to a carriage, stood quietly until over half the procession had passed. When the herd of elephants arrived, the animal jumped high in the air, breaking the birdie, and then made a wild plunge upon the sidewalk, leaping into the midst of at least fifty persons. Women with babies in their arms rushed into the street, and others fell headlong into store doorways. At least ten baby carriages were on the sidewalk directly in the path of the runway horse.

The New York Times New York 1895-05-23