From the Darlington & Stockton Times of January 14, 1871

SWALEDALE was terrorised by a rabid dog, which had started its rampage at Grinton, biting John Metcalfe’s cattle dogs. “It was met by a servant boy of Mrs Winter, innkeeper, who it bit through the boot toe, but not seriously,” said the D&S.

At Reeth, it had a long fight with a dog owned by Mr Bell, of Halfway House, before biting Adam Barker’s spaniel at Healaugh. At Calvert Houses, it bit several sheepdogs before being cornered and despatched.

“All the dogs which were bitten, and those also which were bitten by Mr Metcalfe’s dog, have been destroyed for fear of worse consequences,” concluded the report.

There had been a tragedy at Thirsk station where merchant Thomas Laing, of Dundee, had tried to jump aboard the 8pm train to Leeds. He “missed his footing, and finally his grasp of the carriage door, and fell down betwixt the platform and the train. The guard’s van passed over his legs, and he was so injured he died within half an hour”.

There had been a further fatality at Appleton Wiske, where an inquest was held in the Lord Nelson Inn into the death of Edward Feast who was last heard of going to the stackyard of John Trewhitt to get some food for the horses.

“When he did not return to his tea, Mr Trewhitt went to look after him and found that the stack had tumbled over, and the deceased was found dead under the fallen stack. The verdict of then jury was ‘killed by a fall of a stack of oats’.”