The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Oct. 12, 1872

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A VESSEL CAPTAIN INJURED. - This morning about eleven o'clock, Captain Brotherton, of the sloop Jenny Lind, received painful injuries at the Corn Exchange Elevator, from the leg settling down over his head while he was standing on the dock, telescoping him below his shoulders. the leg, (as dockmen call it,) of the elevator, had just been hoisted from the hold of a vessel and was being lowered to the dock when Capt. Brotherton got under it, and settled down on him enveloping his head, and crushing him steadily beneath its weight to the dock. The alarm was given as soon as the predicament of the man was known, and when the machinery was stopped the leg was within one foot of its resting place with the Captain beneath it.

When he was rescued he was stunned and pretty badly cut around the face, by the buckets which were revolving, and complained of severe pains to his neck. He was taken to a doctor's office and had his wounds dressed and is now pretty comfortable. His escape from death is a miracle, as had a moment's time been lost in stopping the machinery, the leg weighing five or six tons would have crushed him to death.

It is useless for us to warn people of standing directly under the leg of an elevator, for there is scarcely a day passes that some one is not pulled out of the cozy standing place.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Oct. 12, 1872