Last week’s blizzard in the Midwest and the Northeast can’t compare to the blizzard of 1888 that also occurred in March. Sen. Roscoe Conkling left his Wall Street office en route to the New York Club during the blizzard. As noted in previous column, when he reached Union Square, he became stranded in a snowdrift and struggled to free himself from the surrounding snow. After arriving at the club, he had a drink and collapsed, dying the next day. C. H. McDonald stumbled through the same blinding snowstorm, collided with a hard object, gashing his head. He determined that the cause of his accident was the hoof of a dead horse. Thereafter, he was recognized as the only man ever to be kicked in the head by a dead horse.

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