Mules Felt Mulish

This account of runaway transportation from the March 31, 1899 Skidmore Standard makes us glad that our modern vehicles are at least somewhat less likely to think for themselves:

The Mules Felt Mulish

John Barkley professes to be a horse trainer and is usually successful in breaking and taming the wildest and most vicious horses, but last Tuesday morning he had a little experience with a team of mules that will not add any glory to his fame.  He can console himself, though, with the fact that mules are not horses.  The two differ in disposition.  Mules, as a general rule, are extremely self-willed and when a mule once gets a notion into his stubborn head to do a certain thing, he does it, his driver to the contrary, notwithstanding.

John was going after a load of wood and got out of the wagon to open a gate when the mules decided it would be more fun to take a little run – and they did.  John tried to hold them but the pace they set was too hot for him and he had to loosen his hold on the lines and let ’em go.

The mules raced down the road west of town across the river bridge and out to the corner one mile.  There Allen Lightle and Granville Gray met and undertook to stop them.  Mr. Gray seized hold of the bridle of one and was jerked from his feet, thrown to the ground and run over by the wagon.

After taking another little spin, the mules weer caught and Mr. Barkley brought them back to town.  Here they ran away with him once more and he wisely decided to unhitch the mules and put them in the barn, and leave the wood in the woods.

Mr. Gray’s injuries are not serious, only a few severe bruises.  Neither the wagon nor the harness were damaged.

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