Runaway Hansom!

Quick Quotes 14. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908).  Rees visited the Savoy Theatre to see a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and when he left afterwards he was confronted with a strange sight:

As we came out from the performance a driver with a hansom cab came rapidly down this little street in an endeavor to secure us or somebody else for a trip. He was in such a hurry to get ahead of all rivals, as he came down the hill, that when he came to the opera house door and jerked up his horses, the momentum was so great that the horses simply sat down and the rig, horses, driver and all went as though they were on a toboggan slide all the rest of the way down the little street and nearly to the bank of the river. It is hardly necessary to say that he didn’t catch a passenger as he went by.

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2 Responses to Runaway Hansom!

  1. Archon's Den says:

    A local auto historian, who has a weekly newspaper column, recently wrote of how station wagon cars had evolved from actual wagons, carrying passengers from the train station, to an inn. He wrote that they “were pulled by a handsome pair of horses.”
    I got no acknowledgement, when I told him that they “were a pair of hansom horses.” 😳

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