Category: Ghastly Injuries!

Their Ear-Drums Burst

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – January 10, 1886


NEW YORK, Jan. 19.—During the progress of the trial of the ten guns of the new United States monitor Miantonomah at Gardener’s Bay on Friday three of the officers of the vessel had their ear-drums burst by the concussion which followed the discharge of one of the pieces. Surgeon Kane, of the Miantonomah, when questioned on the subject, would say nothing for publication further than that the accident could have been easily averted had the men stood upon the tip of their toes and opened their mouths. He said that the officers were apparently well drilled, and should have known this.

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Mangled In A Butcher’s Wagon

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – January 25, 1886


SHAMOKIN, PA., Jan. 17.—Having shopping to do in this city, Mrs. Hannah Kashner, of Coal Run, accpted Butcher Cherry’s invitation to ride over in his wagon with him. Shortly after seating herself the horse ran away, flinging her in the back of the vehicle. The sides of the wagon cover were studded with sharp meat hooks. During the mile run the woman was hurled from one row of hooks to another, and her flesh was torn off in great strips and an eye was about gouged out. She is in a critical state.


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His Head Cut Almost In Half

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Latin Reader – January 25, 188?



A Mill Man Is Wounded by a Rip Saw, but Is Patched Up and Seems to Be Getting Well.


Seattle, Wash., Jan. 25.—Of all the peculiar and interesting cases the saw mills of Puget Sound have sent to this city, none compete with that of Horatio Stetson, an engineer in Stetson & Post’s mill, whose head was cut in half yesterday by a rip saw. His head was cut across the tops just in front of the ears. The saw went down into the brain fully three inches, the point of exit on either side of the head being on a level with the top of the ears. Stetson crawled out from under the table and was grabbed by his brother, who clapped the two pieces of his head together. The brother says that “blood and brains were coming from his head, which looked as if it was falling apart.”

From this time on he became stronger, the power of motion of his legs and arms returned to him, and his mind was perfectly clear. He could talk, but with difficulty. His temperature was normal and his pulse remained normal all day, and up to eight o’clock at night in the condition of a perfectly well man. And there was no inflammation in the wound, and at last accounts there were no indications of fever setting in.

Many physicians do not wonder at his being alive, but they are mystified at his being possessed of all his mental faculties and retaining control of his limbs, having a good appetite and being perfectly normal in all other conditions of his body.



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A Boy’s Hand Blown To Pieces

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – July 5, 1892





SYRACUSE, July 5.—Frederick T. Morgan, age thirteen, had one of his hands blown to pieces at 1 o’clock this morning while firing a small cannon in celebration of the Fourth. The hand was amputated by Dr. Loomis.



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