PENRITH HERALD, Saturday, 4 April 1874


A SINGULAR FATALITY has happened at Calstock, Cornwall. A youth named JOSEPH PERKINS and another lad, wishing to amuse themselves by using an old pump as a cannon, took a quantity of gunpowder from the Cornwall Mineral Railway Works, where the father of PERKINS is employed, and filled their pockets with it. While entertaining themselves as described, a flash ignited the powder in PERKIN's pocket, and he was so fearfully burnt that he died soon afterwards.

N.B. Recorded in PRs as PARKIN.

Contributed by Gill Hart