The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1853

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p.2 Dreadful Accident - An accident occurred on Sunday the 11th inst., about 6 o'clock in the evening, on board a barge coming up the river in tow of the steam tug Erie, by which a young man named Thomas Cooper, whose father lives about four miles above Prescott, on the river shore, had one of his legs cut entirely off. It seems that the barge was alongside the steamer, and the captain of the latter gave some order to a Canadian on the barge, which not being understood, young Cooper jumped upon the barge from the steamer, to execute himself, and in "taking a turn of the line," as the sailors say, the rope caught his leg, and in an instant severed it in two a little above the knee. The accident occurred near Ferren's (sic - Farran's) Point. The boat immediately put back to Dickinson's Landing, where amputation was again performed by a medical gentleman from Cornwall, assisted by Dr. Waggoner. The unfortunate young man was taken to his father's house on Wednesday last, and was for several days in a very precarious state; he is now somewhat better, and there are hopes of his ultimate recovery. [Prescott Telegraph]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1853