Patrick GAFFNEY 1897
HORSE DRAGS BREWERY WAGON'INTO THE RIVER. Patrick Gaffney. an employee at Koehler's brewery, drove down to tho foot of East Twenty-first street early yesterday morning with a supply of beer for the fishing steamer John B. Schuyler. The well-filled kegs were stowed away on board, and Gaffney, with a load of empty kegs taken from the steamer, started for the brewery. His horse was a powerful, nervous animal, fresh from a full night's rest, and very frisky. As the brewery wagon reached the head of the dock a balky truck horse barred the way. The crowd yelled, the stubborn animal reared, and Gaffney's horse, frightened by the noise •and excitement, shied violently to the right Its forelegs struck the string- piece of the dock, and before a hand could be raised to avert the accident horse and wagon went Into the river. Gaffney had Just time to throw himself out of the wagon, landing in a heap on the dock. The horse fell over the strlngpiece head flrst. He struck the water like a diver, with the full weight of the heavy wagon at his back. For a moment only the floating beer kegs marked where horse and wagon had gone down When the animal managed to free himself from the wagon and get his head above water there was little life left in him. A few wild plunges, made blindly In a circle, and he sank before the excited crowd had made an effort at rescue. Late In the afternoon the body of the horse was found and the wagon was fished up. Gaffney escaped with a few bruises.