From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/16/1864, p.1, c. 6
Accident to a Lady. – About 10 o’clock yesterday morning, a lady, whose name we could not ascertain, while walking up Broad street, in the neighborhood of the Theatre, stepping upon a piece of muskmelon rind, and was thrown to the ground with great violence. She was picked up in a stunned condition and carried into a store near by; when it was found that she had sustained severe injuries about the head and face, and her left shoulder was dislocated.
Hardly a day passes that some person is not injured from this cause, and to put a stop to it sever penalties should be imposed upon every one who is caught throwing fruit peelings and melon rinds on the pavement in the future.