Peter Conkle

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Peter Conkle - A Bad Explosion. Wednesday afternoon of last...
A Bad Explosion. Wednesday afternoon of last week, a messenger rode hastily into the city and summoned Dr. A. II. Shaffer to the residence of Peter Conkle, in the north part of Clearcreek township, stating that he had been seriously injured while blasting a rock. We learn of the accident as follows: Mr Conkle was engaged in splitting large boulders to be used for the foundation of a building he intends bp erect, and to accomplish this would drill holes iu the rock and then blow them open wilh blasting powder. He had drilled in one to a depth of about six inches, and was engaged in tamping down the powder, when it is probable the drill which he used as a tamper struck a piece .of dint and ignited the charge. At any rate, a premature explosion occurred by which Mr. C. was knocked to the ground senseless' and quite dangerously injured His clothes caught on fire but these were extinguished, not, however, until .one of his hands aud arms were badly burned. His face was also seriously hurt and burned, but perhaps the most severe injuries resulted to his eyes. Almost the full charge entered these members, badly cutting them, and it was feared that the sight had been entirely destroyed. His condition is now much improved, however, and, it is believed he will entirely regain his vision. A boy who was standing near at the time of the explosion was also knocked down the concussion, but sustained no injury.

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  1. The Huntington Democrat,
  2. 19 Apr 1883, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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