N. J. Miller-Horribly Burned-1875
Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 1/8/2020 at 19:30:51
Dubuque Daily Times, Wednesday, May 26, 1875, Dubuque, IA, Page: 2
N. J. Miller, the express agent who was injured by the collison on the C. B. & Q railroad at Tyrone, Iowa, is recovering, having escaped from death by the narrowest chance any human being ever did, from the creator until now. It will be remembered that he fell under the wreck, and the coals from the furnace fell upon his face and head, nearly buring him to death. Then the hot water from the steam engine nearly scaled him to death, but partially put out the fire. Then to prevent his being fatally burned and scalded, cold water was poured upon him until he was nearly drowned. He was rescued from the wreck alive, but with burns down to the cheek bone, and into the neck so deep that the coats of the jugular vein were nearly burnt through. It was confidently expected that when the scab came off it would take with it the thin remaining coating of the vein, and the man would bleed to death in three minutes. For days his physician and family sat by his bedside, expecting every moment that the next pulsation of the heart would force a passage through at the burned point, and the scene would come to a horrible but inevitable close. But week after week has passed, the scab has come away, and the man, thought terrible disfigured, still lives, to the great joy of his family and friends. And all over the State, even those who never knew him till they heard of his bravery on that occasion, and his erotic endurance since, have kept track of his daily progress toward recovery or death; and now rejoice that the result has been recovery, and not death.
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