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The Price Of A Leg

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Tho oase of John Eagleton against the Nashville, Ohattanooga and St. Louis railway- a suit for $50,000 damages for having his leg run over by a train a year or two ago, necessitating its amputation - was deeided at Murfreesboro last Satnrday before Judge Baxter, by a verdict of $9,000 damages in plaintiffs favor. The testimony in the trial showed that Eagleton entoed the train at Nashvüle in a state of intoxication, without haviog purchased a ticket. The conductor called on him for his fare, when Eagleton told him that some f riend in another car had his ticket. The conductor failed to flnd the Iriend, and tackled Eagleton again. Eagleton insisted that he had paid hiw fare. The conductor then called upon a passenger sitting near Eagleton to prove, and did prove, that Eagleton had not paid. When the train stoped at Autioch, Eagleton said he would give an order for the amount of the fare, on some Nashville firm. The conductor told him he could not take an order, and that he must have the money or a ticket, or he would put Eigleton off. Eagleton then pulled out of his pocket oents and handed it to the conductor. The latter said the amount would take Eagleton to the next station, bnt that he could not go to Murfreeaboro f or that amount. At this Eugleton snatched the 35 cents away from the conductor, who stopped the train and put Eagleton off, 500 yards south of Antioch. Two men, foliowing in the rear of the train, camu up immediately after it left and found Eagleton in a cut ■with his leg broken just below his knee, the bone being shattered half way down to the anklo. During the ti ial the conductor testified tbat he put Eagleton off the train 100 yards north of where he was found; that he supposed Eagleton must have caught hold of the train as it moved off, and run on with it, falling where he was found, and breaking his leg. The pointe of law bearing on the case, as stated by Judge Baxter in his charge, were : 1. That it was the duty of the conductor to have put Eagleton off at a station, and that he had no authority to pat him off between stations. 2. That the conductor should have put him off at a safe place, so as not to endangor his safety. 3. That, as Eagleton was drunk and excited, the conductor ought to have been more careful, it being in the night and very dark, in selecting a suitable and safe place to put him off. Boekhaavb, the great Dutch phyaiciau, summed up his whole experience in one line: " Keep the heai cool, the feet warm, frnd tfiiow physio to tfee dogs." " "


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