Durant Weekly News
May 19, 1905
Alva Smith Badly Hurt
Stick of Dynamite Which He had Ignited Explodes in His Hand
Entire Arm Blown Away
One Eye Blown Out and the Other Injured- He Also Received Other
Wounds and May Lose His Life
Caddo, May 11- Alva Smith, a young man who resides in Denison, was the victim of a terrible dynamite explosion yesterday which tore off one of his arms. Smith was at Caddo, I. T., visiting his father. He had started to dynamite a stream for fish. One of the sticks of the explosive went off in his hand and the entire arm was torn away.
Smith was formerly a fireman on the Katy out of Denison. Later he ran a switch engine at Dallas but left the service a few weeks ago. He was just recovered from a severe illness and it is feared is not in condition to stand the great shock he received.
It is learned that Smith’s right hand was blown off and his left eye torn out. The right eye was also injured and the doctors do not believe the sight can be saved even if Smith survives. In addition his face was lacerated and his stomach injured.
Smith was about six miles from town when he was injured. He was holding the stick of dynamite and had lighted it preparatory to throwing it in the water. The fuse must have been defective; for the explosion came instantly after the match was applied.
The accident happened at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and it was 7 o’clock before he was brought into Caddo where physicians were summoned. Assistance was obtained from neighboring ranchers and a buggy procured.
The physicians in attendance give but little hope of Smith recovering from his injuries. Denison Herald. (Another paper says he was visited by his half-sister, Nannie Harrison.)