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The Daily Dispatch: May 1, 1861., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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A Bold rail-splitter. --Orasmus Baker, of Scriba, N. Y., while engaged in splitting rails alone in his woods, had all the fingers of one hand caught in a log, and finally, after exhausting all means to extricate himself, and despairing of assistance coming to his relief, took his axe with the remaining hand and deliberately cut off all the fingers confined! We will not say that we wholly endorse the policy of Mr. Baker's summary proceeding, but we must give him praise for exhibiting extrrasmus Baker, of Scriba, N. Y., while engaged in splitting rails alone in his woods, had all the fingers of one hand caught in a log, and finally, after exhausting all means to extricate himself, and despairing of assistance coming to his relief, took his axe with the remaining hand and deliberately cut off all the fingers confined! We will not say that we wholly endorse the policy of Mr. Baker's summary proceeding, but we must give him praise for exhibiting extra-ordinary nerve and courage.