What is known as the Flint bridge over the James river
south of the city gave way yesterday, and precipitated a threshing machine
two mules and two horses to the bottom of the stream. The engine was owned by William Hathorn, and was being driven by John Frye, who jumped in time to narrowly escape death or severe injury. One of the horses belonging to Frye was killed, and the mules belonging to John McGinnis said to have been so badly injured that they will die. The mules and horses were pulled out, and the engine will be taken out by Vennum's teams.
Jamestown Weekly Alert, 8/19/1886