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The Daily Dispatch: July 23, 1861., [Electronic resource], Fatal accident. (search)
Fatal accident. --The Yorkville (S. C.) Enquirer, of the 18th, records the following particulars of a sad accident which occurred near that place on the 11th inst.: Mr. John M. Smith, a son of Calvin D. Smith, aged about sixteen years, was in the field plowing with a young mule when a shower of rain came on. Mr. Smith unhitched the mule from the plow and fastened the trace-chains over the hames. In attempting to mount the mule to ride to the house, one of his feet became entangled in the chains, which frightened the mule so much that it ran off, and dragged the young man some two hundred yards, breaking his skull and injuring his back and loins. He died in about one hour after receiving the injuries.