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Drynan Hollinger and Paul — Escape from a Bull

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Drynan Hollinger and Paul — Escape from a Bull

Sept 1925

Mr. William Drynan of Clayton last Friday had an experience with an infuriated bull which might easily have turned out fatally. Mr. Drynan had disposed of the animal to Mr. Charles Hollinger, the cattle buyer. While the animal was being driven to the village from the farm it became angry and turned on Mr. Drynan. ‘As the-‘bull, a six year old, was known to be of an uncertain disposition, Mr. Drynan thought that the best way to move the the animal was to drive him out with the cows, so the Gazette was told.

As the animal neared the barnyard he turned on Mr. Drynan and knocked him down. Mr. Drynan with great presence of mind rolled himself up in a ball, a procedure which he remembered hearing was the correct thing to do in such an emergency. All the animal could then do was to nose him over and over. Mr. Drynan’s son William came upon his father at the mercy of the animal. The son gave a tremendous yell, which seemed to distract the attention of the animaI for a moment from Mr. Drynan. The latter called to John Drynan and Robert Paul, who had been attracted to the scene by the noise, to shoot the bull.

Mr. Paul immediately ran to the house for his rifle. As Mr. Paul returned with his rifle, the animal turned from Mr. Drynan, and made straight for the former,with his head down. Mr. Paul fired just in time, knocking the animal dead. To make certain another shot was put into the bull. Mr. Drynan picked himself up a little worse for his experience, except for a few bruises and being sore. His watch and glasses were smashed. The onlookers’ stated to the Gazette representative that they considered his escape nothing short of miraculous. Mr. Drynan himself stated that if he had been knocked senseless and stretched flat the animal would of a certainty have killed him with his feet.

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Daughter of Minister Was Pinned to Log Wall by Wicked Bull

Daughter of Minister Was Pinned to Log Wall by Wicked Bull

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Daughter of Minister Was Pinned to Log Wall by Wicked Bull

 

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Back in the 1850s there lived near Merrickville an Anglican minister named Morris, who was generally known as “Father” Morris. Mr. Morris, besides preaching, owned and operated a farm. He had some well bred cattle and included in  his stock was a valuable big imported bull with long out-pointing horns.

This bull was nearly the cause of the death of a favourite daughter. It appears that one day the daughter went out to an open log shed where the cattle found shelter in stormy weather. It was said that the bull was a very wicked animal. While the girl was in the shed the bull came along, and seeing her, bellowed and dashed at her. The girl tried to get away and ran close to the back wall in an attempt to escape.

The bull, however, cut her off and pinned her to the log wall. Its charge was so furious that it could not extricate its horns to gore the girl. The bull’s roars of rage attracted the attention of a brother who was in a nearby field. When this brother saw what the situation was ran Into the house, got a butcher knife, and returning, cut the bull’s throat.

As soon as the bull was dead the young man got an axe and released the animal’s horns from the log wall. When the girl was released she was unconscious but not seriously injured. The happening stirred the people of the Merrickville district greatly.

 

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 19 Oct 1896, Mon,
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    1. The Ottawa Citizen,
    2. 26 Sep 1898, Mon,
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