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Subject: 1893--Shocking Accident at Barre
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 12:03:25 -0400
Source, The Rutland (Vt) Weekly herald--Thur. May 11, 1893.
A SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT BARRE.
MAN TALKS THOUGH PART OF HIS BRAIN IS GONE.
BARRE, May 10--The details of a shocking accident, which will probably
result in the death of James Buchanan were received here from the
Buchanan is fireman at the paving stone quarry of the shop of the Green
Mountain Granite company, and last evening left his quarry and went to
the adjoining one of James Collier, and while standing about 50 feet
from the quarry talking with the foreman, a blast was fired, filling the
air with stones.Buchanan's companion called to him to keep still, but he
started to run and was hit in the head by a fragment of granite. His
skull was fractured and he was made unconscious.
The strange part of the case is that, although the physicians have
removed eight ounces of brain and several pieces of the skull from the
wound, he recovered consciousness this afternoon, talked plainly and
sensibly, and the only difficulty noticeable is the complete paralysis
of the left side.
Dr.McSweeney said this evening that Buchanan's return this evening
consciousness was an unexpected thing and if he should recover it would
be an unheard of case in the annals of surgery.
Joan H. Bixby