I was searching a newspaper for news on one of my ancestors when this article caught my eye. At first, I was thinking this was just a human tragedy story until I got to the last two sentences. They seem to change the entire scope of meaning of this article. Of course this was published on Jan 4, 1898 which granted was a different time but I couldn't help but wonder what would happen to parents in this day of age had a son blow his arm off with a shotgun and had two more sons who suffered the same fate. I'm guessing it would be all over the news like the Anthony trial now.