On January 26th, 1667 it was proclaimed in Vienna that it was strictly forbidden to drive a sleigh after ten o’clock at night. This should keep the town safety and should assure that the inhabitants weren’t disturbed in their sleeping hours.
But still - there moved a sleigh with loud ringing and rattling through the streets between eleven and twelve o’clock every night. That sleigh made as much noise as a hundred sleighs would have made. And soon people knew – the coachman of that sleigh was the devil himself.
|Winter in Vienna, Rudolf von Alt|
Once a dutiful night-watchman dared to stop that sleigh and asked the devil to obey the law.
The satanic figure answered with a devilish laughter. Then the bogey blew at the poor man till the one dropped dead.