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An Adventure with Foot Pads

January 12, 2012

Image from New York Times Crossword in Gothic


On the evening of the 3d inst., as Mr. Anthony Maynard, of the firm of Barrows & Maynard, Pittsfield, was passing through a lonely piece of woods between Canaan, N.Y., and Richmond, the head of his horse was seized by two men so firmly that he could not break away from them.

Mr. Maynard, jumping out of his wagon, was greeted by a blow of a club, but succeeded in wresting it from his assailant, and using it to so good advantage that he laid the rascal senseless. In the meantime, he was seized from behind by the second robber, and finding the club useless, threw it into the bushes, and clutching him by the neck-cloth, brought his antagonist between himself and his horse, and continued “whaling” him “in the natural manner” — a la member of Congress — until he thought him about tame enough to take into his wagon as passenger for Lenox.

This praise-worthy design was frustrated by the recovery of the first robber, when Mr. Maynard, finding himself  “out of breath” from his efforts in the cause of humanity, and his assailants being two to one and in loose dress, while he was cumbered with a heavy overcoat, concluded very truly that no imputation would rest upon his character for pluck if he jumped into his wagon and made for Richmond, — and he did it. We have no accurate notes of the time his horse made on the road.

Mr Maynard was informed at Richmond that a foot-peddler was robbed of a gold watch, some money, and other valuable articles, at the same place the previous week, besides being badly beaten.

The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) Feb 12, 1858

Title: The Guardian, Volumes 32-33
Author: Reformed Church in the United States
Publisher: H. Harbaugh, 1881
Page 11

Image from Art of the Print

Two Footpads

TWO Footpads sat at their grog in the roadside resort, comparing the evening’s adventures.

“I stood up the Chief of Police,” said the First Footpad, “and I got away with what he had.”

“And I,” said the Second Footpad, “stood up the United States District Attorney, and got away with —-”

“Good Lord!” interrupted the other in astonishment and admiration —” you got away with what that fellow had?”

“No,” the unfortunate narrator explained — “with a small part of what I had.”

Title: Fantastic Fables
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s sons, 1898
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