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Littleton, William
appeared in Fenelon Falls Gazette, 21 Aug 1880, p. 2, column 3
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Mr. Wm. Littleton, a Fenelon township farmer who lives about two miles from this village, was so badly injured by a bull, on the evening of the 12th inst., that the rapidity with which he is recovering is somewhat surprising. The animal, which was three years old and of no particular breed, for some time past had occasionally shown an "ugly" disposition, but Mr. Littleton thought he could manage him, and on the evening mentioned tried to prevent him from leaving a field out of which the cows were being driven. After some time spent at cross purposes, the bull became enraged, rushed suddenly at its owner, and, driving one of its horns into his left breast, made three attempts to toss him into the air. Mr. Littleton, with great presence of mind, sprang to his feet the instant he fell to the ground, staggered to a stone-heap that fortunately stood near, while the bull backed away, with his head lowered, apparently for a second attack, which, however, he did not make. Mrs. Littleton, hearing her husband's cries, ran to see what was the matter, but Mr. Littleton managed, without her assistance, to climb the fence behind the stone-heap and walk a distance of over a hundred yards to the house, where he laid down, and a messenger was sent to the Falls for Dr. Bryson, who upon his arrival examined the injured man, and found the third rib broken, a ghastly wound eight or nine inches log extending from near the breast-bone to the armpit, and great laceration of the pectoral muscles. The doctor sewed up the wound, after having done everything else that he considered necessary, and when he cut the stitches on Monday last he found that the "ragged edges" had united so firmly that there was no fear of separating again. The latest report as to Mr. Littleton's condition is so favourable as to lead us to infer that, serious as his injuuries appeared at first, the horn must have entered but a very short distance, especially as the internal organs escaped untouched. The bull was killed the morning after his offence was committed, and his fate was a hard one, for after nine charges of birdshot and buckshot had been fired into him at close quarters with scarcely any effect beyond blinding him, he was finally knocked down and murdered with an axe.

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21 Aug 1880
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Littleton, William