Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of pannier in the form of seat, fixed on the back of a mule or horse. for carrying travelers in mountainous districts, or sick or wounded persons. It is composed of strong iron rods with joints, united by bands of strong cloth, the arrangement of the bands affording sufficient elasticity to permit the occupant to sit or lie. Military cacolets are of two kinds: one in the form of two arm-chairs, suspended one on either side of a mule, used by persons not too severely wounded; the other in the form of a bed laid at length along the mule's back. The French introduced the use of cacolets during the Crimean war (1854-5).
- n. One of a pair of chairs or litters mounted on a pack animal (horse, mule, camel)
- n. A single litter mounted on a pack animal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A chair, litter, or other contrivance fitted to the back or pack saddle of a mule for carrying travelers in mountainous districts, or for the transportation of the sick and wounded of an army.
- From French cacolet. (Wiktionary)
“By means of cunningly placed blankets the medical authorities did all that was humanly possible to mitigate the terrible jolting, but with all their care and ingenuity even the shortest journey in a cacolet was a nightmare.”
“A cacolet is a kind of stretcher-bed with a rail round it, and a hood over the top to protect the occupant from the sun.”
“This astonishing mode of conveyance was known as a "cacolet," and replaced the "voitures" and "fiacres" of other resorts.”
“I retired to "another place" _via_ a cacolet-camel and the hospital train; and when I again emerged it was in another guise and under the ægis of the”
“At one moment the cacolet swung high in the air, and the sufferer was banged against the lower rail; the next, it was at the other extreme, and he was almost thrown out -- there was no rest from the maddening motion until a merciful unconsciousness brought relief to the tortured body.”
“To a wounded man the motion was the very refinement of torture, especially if the other cacolet were occupied by a heavier man.”
“Troopers of the Light Horse were riding with gunners from the artillery; cacolet camels, whose native drivers had their heads shrouded in blankets, trudged beside ambulance carts; here and there a man who had lost his horse stumbled wearily along, first in one column then in another; guns and ammunition-limbers were mingled with cable-waggons; and all followed blindly man or waggon in front of them.”
“To voyage "en cacolet" was the necessity of our grandfathers; for us it is an amusement only.”
“We trot along in a whirlwind of dust, blinded, bewildered, jolted, we cling to the bar of the cacolet, shut our eyes, laugh and groan.”
“As we desired to avoid the possibility of a similar accident happening to us, we dismounted from our _cacolet_, and walked across the ledge to some distance: and, after a short repose beneath the shelter of the overhanging rocks, which a violent shower made most convenient at the moment, we prepared to retrace our steps; satisfied with having advanced so far on the same route taken by "Charlemagne and all his peerage.”
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