Medicine: Plucky Boy

At Cleveland last week, William Capps, a 19-year-old Negro from Somerset, Ky., hopped a freight train bound for Toledo, where he hoped to find work. Hanging on a ladder between box cars, he nodded. Suddenly he felt himself falling, grabbed wildly, caught a lower rung of the ladder. As he did so his left foot touched a spinning train wheel. The foot was pulled in and crushed between wheel top and car bottom.

In agony, William Capps hung on for about a quarter of a mile. Then he dropped from the train and crawled into...

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