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The Daily Dispatch: November 15, 1860., [Electronic resource], Wheeling a Negro
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Wheeling a Negro five miles. --While the election was going on in Fitchburg, Mass., Mr. Otis F. Ruggles, of that town, Superintendent of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad, agreed with Mr. Brown, of the firm of Allen & Brown, dry goods dealers, that if Mr. Thayer was elected to Congress, he would roll a well known negro in Fitchburg, called "Dr. Franklin," on a wheelbarrow, from Fitchburg to Leominster; and, on the other hand, if Mr. Bailey should be the successful candidate, Mr. Brown should do the same.--The distance is about five miles. In accordance with the agreement, Mr. Brown, carried out his part of it on Thursday, and the Worcester Spy gives an account of the achievement. At one o'clock, the negro was on hand, dressed appropriately for the occasion, weighing 145 pounds strong. Mr. Brown and the wheelbarrow were also there, both hardly weighing as much as the negro; and with a large crowd to see the sport, the wheelbarrow started from the American House, and was pu