Accidents 1850

RIOT AND LOSS OF LIFE AT A PROTECTIONIST MEETING. In an affray that ensued between the protectionists and free traders at the Dorset County Protection Meeting, a young man was struck down by a farmer, and so seriously injured, that he expired the same night. An adjourned inquest on the body was held at Dorchester on Friday afternoon. The name of the deceased is William ALLEN, aged about twenty, who was in the employ of Mr. Bonifas, tailor, of Dorchester. The following is the main portion of the evidence that has as yet been adduced: Mr. W. Sapp [sic, should be Tapp], surgeon, attended the deceased when he was brought to the Dorset county hospital, and found him labouring under concussion of the brain. He was much worse at eight o’clock in the evening, and at about eleven o’clock he died. His death was caused from extravasation of blood on the brain. … [Extract: London Daily News 25/02/1850 p.6].

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SHOCKING ACCIDENT. – A poor woman named Sarah MILLER, in the employ of Mr. Cox, at Muckleford, whilst attending a thrashing machine, on Wednesday afternoon, unfortunately slipped down, and one of her feet was caught between the beaters. The foot was completely torn off, and the leg was shockingly splintered as far as the knee. The unfortunate woman was immediately removed to the hospital, where the limb was amputated. [Sherborne Mercury 23/04/1850 p4].

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Serious Accident.–On Saturday last as Mr. Vaizey’s waggon was employed in bringing out the manure from the stables of Mr. Goddard, veterinary surgeon, of Fordington, the vehicle came in contact with the upright posts and brought down about eight or ten feet of the adjoining wall, which unfortunately fell upon a youth named GREENING, 17 years of age, and broke his leg above the ancle. A boy of a more tender age was also near the spot and received some very severe contusions. The sufferers were both conveyed to the hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate Greening’s leg. The little boy, we hear, had no bones broken. We are happy to say that the youth Greening is in a fair way of recovery. [Dorset County Chronicle 20/06/1850 p4].

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