Poughkeepsie, NY Ferry Boat Accident, Mar 1874

SHOCKING FERRY-BOAT ACCIDENT.

A WAGON AND ITS OCCUPANTS BACKED OVERBOARD -- A PROMISING YOUTH.

Special Dispatch to the New York Times.
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., March 29. -- A terrible accident occurred on the ferry boat at this place this afternoon. MARTIN McCUE and his wife MARY, with her baby, eight months old, drove on board in a wagon; when the boat started the horse commenced backing, and did not stop till all went overboard. MRS. McCUE was undoubtedly struck by the horse, as she did not live three minutes, nor did her body sink; the babe was drowned, and its body has not yet been recovered. MR. McCUE was rescued with great difficulty. Upon examination three of his ribs were found broken, which, together with his other injuries, makes his recovery doubtful. The horse was drowned. But one witness on the Coroner's inquest, thus far, has testified that the guard-chain was up, and he was the boy whose duty it was to put it up. His deportment before the Coroner's jury was of a brazen character, and he was shamefully impudent. MARTIN McCUE, the injured man, states positively that the chain was not up. The inquest will be resumed to-morrow morning.

The New York Times New York 1874-03-30