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Revolutions of Death at Caldwell & Son’s

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Clyde Forks- Caldwell Lumber Mill 1891

Perth Courier, November 13, 1868

One of those terrible accidents which so often happens in connection with machinery occurred in the village of Lanark on Wednesday evening last.  The miller in charge of Messrs. Alexander Caldwell & Son’s grist mill left the building for a short time, leaving an assistant, a young man named Love in temporary charge of affairs.

Returning about half an hour later he was surprised to find the lower room deserted and the hoppers empty.  On going upstairs the miller was horror struck to see the body of young Love revolving around on one of the shafts.  The works were at once stopped but it was too late for any assistance; the young man was quite dead and had probably been so for half an hour.

It was obvious that he, in working round the mill, had come too close to this shaft, which, entangling his clothes in a deadly hold, carried him round in revolutions until the mill was stopped.  We have no further particulars at present save that an inquest was being held when our informant left.

 

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