Elleda Wilson: In One Ear: Fetched up all right

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Jul. 22—From The Daily Astorian, July 22, 1888, through rain, snow, sleet and hail — and deep holes ...

—Sunday afternoon the Astoria mail carrier, while coming around the Bar View House point (on the way to Tillamook), allowed his horse to get into a deep hole and swim across the channel.

Horace Scovell managed to grasp the mail sack before it got wet (himself going into the water up to his neck) while the horse swam across the channel with a strong ebb tide at the time, and he fetched up all right at the end of the south spit.

This caused a delay to the mail until Monday.

Note: Happily, at the time, the decision to deliver mail on Sundays was left to the local postmaster.

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