“If I can but reach that bridge,” thought Ichabod, “I am safe. Just then he heard the black steed panting and blowing close behind him; he even fancied that he felt his hot breath… Gunpowder sprang upon the bridge; he thundered over the resounding planks; he gained the opposite side; and now Ichabod cast a look behind to see if his pursuer should vanish, according to rule, in a flash of fire and brimstone. Just then he saw the goblin rising in his stirrups and in the very act of hurling his head at him.” – Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow also titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
Written by Washington Irving
Published in 1820