Newport, RI Jumped From Carriage, Aug 1910


Leader of Newport’s Society Jumped From Her Carriage When Horses Fell in the Street.

Newport, R. I., Aug. 10—Displaying a judgment and a nimbleness of foot that would have done justice to an acrobat, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish cleverly extricated herself from an ugly situation in Bellevue Avenue. It grew out of a trial of a new pair of horses which Mrs. Fish wished to add to her stable. They had been recommended to her in the dealer’s stereotyping formula as being “kind and gentle and fit for any lady to drive.” Fortunately Mrs. Fish’s coachman held the reins, reinforced by a groom, while Mrs. Fish occupied a seat in the victoria.

The horses left Crossways at a lively clip, but the puffing automobiles and crowds in Bellevue Avenue made them nervous. When the coachman drew up to the curbstone to enable Mrs. Fish to alight, one of the horses shied and fell to the sidewalk, dragging his mage down with him. The frantic horses kicked violently to free themselves, until held down.

Mrs. Fish saw the trouble coming, and, just as the horses fell and it seemed as if she were about to be thrown out, she took matters into her own hands and, rising in the swaying vehicle, paused a moment to balance herself, and then jumped well out of danger, landing with grace and lightness. Mrs. Fish turned an instant to watch the horses, and then disappeared in the crowd.

Boston Journal, Boston, MA 11 Aug 1901