Close Call for the Smith Family

A close call reported by the Skidmore Standard in its February 16, 1900 edition on page 5:

It Was Loaded

A little three year old child of A. H. Smith came very near being seriously injured, one day last week. Mr. Smith’s daughter, while sweeping up the floor, discovered a cartridge with the dirt, and she picked it up and threw it in the wood box. Some time afterwards Mrs. Smith put a stick of wood into the stove, and on the stick was the cartridge, but she did not see it. Before she could close the stove door, the cartridge exploded, going close to the head of the little child, who was standing near, passing through its hair and burning it. The cartridge struck a table, where its force was spent.