From the Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/27/1845, p. 2, c. 3

The Richmond Compiler says that a fatal accident occurred a day or two ago, at the Tredegar Rolling Mills. Michael Murphy, who was engaged in feeding a pair of the rollers, attempted to kick off a lump of earth or something adhering to the mass of iron he was placing between them; as he made the effort, he slipped, and his foot was caught by the rollers, which drew his leg rapidly between them, almost to where it joined the body, before the machinery could be thrown out of gear. The limb was dreadfully mangled, and his system sustained such a shock that he died in a few hours.

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