|The New York Times, November 7, 1898|
"Overrun" may not be a strong enough term to describe what was happening to the good citizens of Somerset County's commercial and transportation hub. Wayward goats, "homeless but ill-tempered", were charging through the streets ramming and throwing pedestrians with no regard to age or social class! As The New York Times reported:
"Parents fear to allow their children on the streets, not knowing at what moment one of them may be mashed up against a fence or wall or hurled through a plateglass window."And:
"It has been no unusual spectacle of late to see a dignified and representative taxpayer being shot across the street as if thrown from a catapult."
Talk about Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying!
|East Main Street, Bound Brook, circa 1898|
|East Main Street circa 1910 ,at the intersection of South Main, Bound Brook|
I was unable to find a follow-up story, but there can be no doubt that, somehow, the Bound Brook bleaters were beaten.