Bloomington (IN) Telephone
April 11, 1910
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A runaway boy, becoming remorseful and attempting to return home to his parents on a freight train after an absence of several weeks, James Scroggins of Bedford almost lost his life near the wood yards north of town this morning.

Coming into town about four o'clock on a southbound freight and thinking he was approaching town, the 17-year-old boy attempted to make a landing. Not seeing his extreme danger, he jumped into a cattle guard where he was badly bruised and the right ankle was crushed in several places. The unfortunate boy lay beside the track for two hours until his screams were heard by A. H. Kelley, the dairyman who carried him home and summoned an ambulance which brought him to the city hospital where he is now being cared for. The wonder of the accident is that the boy did not roll under the train and meet instant death.

The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Scroggins, came here on the early train in answer to a telegram. The boy was returning from Illinois where he had been looking for farm work. The Scroggins family is well to do and owns a large farm west of Bedford.

Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.