Dragged Eighteen Miles By Train; Legs Crushed to a Jelly (1892)

From Kansas’ The Evening Bulletin, March 18, 1892:

A Mail Carrier’s Ride to Death.
     CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind., March 18-It was a fearful ride that James Galbraith had on the Monon freight train Wednesday afternoon. Gailbraith is [a] mail carrier at Linden, eighteen miles out of Crawfordsville. He got the mail from the northbound train and started for the post office, climbing between two cars of a freight train that was standing on the switch. While in the act of climbing through, the train started and his legs were caught between the draw bars.
     There was no brake for him to seize, so in terrible agony as he was, he seized the narrow blocks along the ends of the drawbar and pluckily held on for the awful ride of eighteen miles, his legs being crushed to a jelly as the cars bumped and thundered along over the rough roadbed. It seems almost miraculous, but the plucky man did not faint till the train stopped in Crawfordsville. He was at once discovered and taken from his place of fearful torture. He can hardly recover, but he will die with the reputation of having made the most terrible ride on record.”