Her horse frightened by two racing automobiles, Mrs. Harry H. Treat was thrown and badly bruised, and the horse probably fatally injured and terribly lacerated, by leaping in a barb-wire fence yesterday afternoon at the turn of the Central Point Boulevard at the Snowy Butte orchard.
Mrs. Treat was one of a horseback party, consisting of Mrs. J.F. Hittson, Miss Delia King, Miss Marie King, Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Seamon, returning from a Sunday drive.
Mrs. Treat and Mrs. Hittson were some distance ahead of the other equestriennes.
At the turn of the road, they faced two racing autos going at a fast clip. Mrs. Treat's animal, a mare belonging to Walter Mundy, became unmanageable and threw her rider.
The animal plunged into the barb-wire fence, striking her head heavily against the ground and putting a crick into her neck. In her struggles, the horse was badly cut by the wire and may have to be killed.
Mrs. Treat was not badly injured. Mrs. Hittson gave up her horse and Mrs. Treat rode into the city upon it, while Mrs. Hittson walked. The other riders led the injured animal.
Who the speeding autoists were is not known.
Speeding at the rate of 50 miles an hour, H.F. Meader and party of four had a remarkably narrow escape from death Sunday afternoon when in rounding the corner at the Snowy Butte orchard on the Central Point Boulevard, his auto turned turtle and leaped upside down, then rolling over on its side. Only the hood of the car saved the party. Mr. Meader was slightly cut.
None of the rest were injured, the top and glass front of the car smashed, but it was otherwise uninjured.
Mr. and Mrs. Meader and a party from Talent comprising Mr. Brown and two young women, had been making a tour of the valley and were in haste to return.
Arriving at the good road stretch, Mr. Meader went ahead full speed, going too fast to make the turn.
Messrs. Orth and Miller were just behind the Meader party, saw the accident and helped pull those pinned under the car seat.
Mr. Meader alone suffered, being slightly cut on the face and hand.
The car, a 1913 Overland, was righted, its engine found uninjured and brought the party back to Medford, badly shaken and disturbed by the shock.
At this same corner earlier in the day, a horse had thrown its rider and in other previous accidents two horses had been killed.