The Danbury horse has a reputation above all other animals of the field. The chief claim of the Danbury horse to public favor and notice is the facility with which he will run away. He is always ready to run awau . He will get up in the night for a refreshing sleep to run away. He will leave a meal of cream cakes and quail on toast to run away. He will sacrifice home, happiness, honor, and other people’s property to run away. And when he gets started nobody ever thinks of getting in front of him. Once in a while a stranger attempts it, but there is a fund to furnish ice to pack his body with until his friends can come on, so there is no harm done. A Danbury horse is neither a respecter of occasions. He will run away from a post or an agricultural debate, or a funeral, and, in a tight pinch, would run away from a position in the New York custom house.
This is an excerpt from Life in Danbury by James M. Bailey, also know as “The Danbury News Man”. The book was published in 1873 and compiles excerpts from The Danbury News, “An Eight-page Journal devoted to Literary Miscellany, General Gossip, and containing statements almost TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE”, which was published every Wednesday. Subscription costs were $1.00 for six months and $2.00 for one year.
Life in Danbury is described on its title page as “A Brief but Comprehensive Record of the DOINGS OF A REMARKABLE PEOPLE, UNDER MORE REMARKABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, AND CHRONICLED IN A MOST REMARKABLE MANNER[…]AND CAREFULLY COMPILED WITH A PAIR OF EIGHT-DOLLAR SHEARS, BY THE COMPILER.”