Friday, July 7, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 7

July 7, 1904 – Mabel Benson, a passenger, was accidentally shot by Brakeman McCue just after the train pulled out of Northome this morning. The brakeman had picked up a rifle belonging to a passenger and that was not in a case as required by railway rules. After emptying the chamber, McCue started to carry it to the baggage car.

One shell, however, remained and was discharged, the bullet passing through Miss Benson’s arm and through the empty seats behind her. She was taken back to Northhome and left in charge of a doctor. The wound is not believed to be serious.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Shot on a Train. Miss Mabel Benson Accidentally Wounded in the Arm by a Brakeman.”; July 7, 1904; p. 6.


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