Yonge Street By
"An Old-Fashioned Conveyance"
The day's journey by way of
Yonge Street was
easily accomplished by stage - an old fashioned conveyance enough, swung on
leather straps, and subject to tremendous jerks from loose stones on the rough
road, innocent of Macadam, and full of the deepest ruts. A fellow-passenger, by
way of encouragement, told me how an old man, a few weeks before, had been
jolted so violently against the roof, as to leave marks of his blood there,
which, being not uncommon, were left unheeded for days. My friend advised me to
keep on my hat, which I had laid aside on account of the heat of the day, and I
was not slow to adopt the suggestion.
Samuel Thompson,Reminiscences of a Canadian Pioneer(Toronto:Hunter, Rose,1884),p. 113
"By No Means an Unpleasant Mode of Travelling"
The body was closed at the front and back and
covered with a stout roof. The sides were open, but protected by curtains that
could be let down if rain came on ... . There were three seats inside, each of
which was intended for three passengers ... . Outside there was the driver's
seat, and another immediately behind it on the roof; each of these would hold
three persons ... . At the back of the coach body was the baggage-rack for
trunks, which were tightly strapped on and protected by a large leather apron
... . The whole affair was gaudily painted, and, with its team of four fine
horses, looked very attractive and was by no means an unpleasant mode of
travelling when the roads were good and the weather fine.
Edwin Guillet,The Story of Canadian Roads(Toronto:University of Toronto Press,1966),p. 169