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EMBARRASSING MOMENTS I was called one dark rainy night to a place in the western part of the city where the alleys were not paved and on arrival found a well developed case of tetanus. The attack was so severe and the animal of so little value that I considered treatment useless and advised the owner to have the animal killed to this he agreed. I have always favored a well directed bullet as being the most expeditious and humane way of destroying a horse and as I had no gun with me I called the police officer on that beat to kill the horse for us.Different times...and I have no desire to go back to them!
When the policeman came up to the horse I asked him if he knew how to shoot a horse to kill him instantly he said he guessed not as only a few days before he had emptied his revolver into a horse's head and then had to kill it with an axe. I offered to show him where to shoot a horse so that he would always kill it instantly he seemed much pleased saying that the boys at the station had laughed at him a whole lot because after expending all his ammunition on a horse he had to get an axe to kill it. I showed him the exact spot at which to aim his gun and explained how he needs must hold the gun high since as is usually the case in tetanus the horse's head was greatly elevated.
He stepped directly before the horse and only about a foot in front of its nose and placed the gun in the proper position. I cautioned him to step to one side for reasons of safety and this he did. However when he aimed from his new position he wasn t sure that he was getting it just right and he unconsciously stepped in front of the horse again. With the discharge of the gun the horse lunged forward knocking the policeman over into the mud which was several inches deep and falling partly upon the man it lay without a struggle.
We actually had to roll the horse off the policeman before he could get up and when he did get up his uniform which was a new one was a sight to behold. I went into the house and got some newspapers and with them rubbed the mud off his uniform as much as possible but a goodly portion was left. I greatly feared the resentment of the policeman on account of the unfortunate outcome but he did not look at it that way at all and the first words he said when we rolled the horse off him were Be gorry I know just how to do it now He died without kicking.
Chicago 111 James Robertson / I was called one night just after dark to see a horse out in Woodlawn the silk stocking district of the South Side. We decided that killing was best for the animal and I called the policeman on the beat to do it. He demurred and said he had better see his captain which he did and came back with a report that the captain said we must not shoot in that locality since it was then dark and might frighten the people which would result in endless telephone calls and requests for protection etc. I was much put out at this and assured the policeman that to shoot the horse was much the best way and asked him since his captain would not let him do it to let me have his gun and I would do it myself. The policeman said that he could not do that that I must not make any noise in killing the horse. I assured him that I would place the muzzle of the gun tightly against the horse's head and that the noise would not be heard even in the nearest apartment.
Somewhat relunctantly he handed me his gun. I looked about for something to stand on that would place me high enough to properly direct the bullet and the only thing I could see was a board fence which was about seventy five feet long and six feet high made of boards stood on end. It was a very old fence and very rickety and it was not without difficulty that I climbed upon it and had them lead the horse up to me. The gun went off with a terrific roar and the horse lunged forward striking the fence and knocking the entire seventy five feet of it down. I never heard boards make such a clattering noise It sounded as if a building had been blown up. I fell two thirds of the way across the alley but lost no time in getting away from there before I could hear from the captain. O no I didn't make any noise I just precipitated a cataclysm!
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