The Attack on the Exeter Mail

Night had fallen as the mail coach pulled up in front of the Inn, the ostlers ran out to change the horses, postbags were exchanged, and mugs of ale were passed to the driver and guard.

Then

The lead horse screamed, in the gloom the driver saw that something had leapt onto the horses neck. He could see blood flowing, but what was it? The terrified ostler swung his lantern round, and they could see. Now it was for the men to scream, it was impossible!

In Wiltshire, in 1816, the Exeter Mail had been attacked by a Lion!

This completely true tale, it happened on the 20th October 1816, is written in response to Charlie Mills flash fiction challenge, January 30, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. I think a lion attack is pretty extreme.

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Filed under Georgian, Historical tales, Regency

5 responses to “The Attack on the Exeter Mail

  1. It is extreme! Where’d the lion come from?

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  2. I’m not sure that horse appreciated the outcome, Gordon. Imagine getting sold off to be in a circus with one’s attacker. What a story! Thank you for bringing it to life for us.

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