MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOLK BACKGROUND
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Peter Martin of this town, chief engineer of the steamer Eclipse met with a painful accident on his last trip down. He was engaged in making a slight repair on the doctor, while in operation, and in some manner got his little finger of his right hand between the two moving parts of the machine, by which it was cut off at the joint. Mr. Martin was unaware of the mishap and actually declares he saw the severed finger rolling on the floor before he experienced the least pain. Mr. Martin went ashore at the first stopping place and had the wound bandaged. He then continued his duties on the boat.
Source: The Weekly Times, Davenport, Ia., 14 Aug 1903, p. 2.
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