SHOOTING ACCIDENT AT
Canso Breeze,1923,April 14
A very serious shooting accident occurred at Whitehead on Saturday
last. Ernest Grover, only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Grover, was out
duck shooting and in an effort to bring one of the birds he shot ashore,
Grover used his gun, holding it by the muzzle, the trigger fouled
in some way and the gun went off, the shot lodging above the right
elbow, tearing the muscles between that and the shoulder. He walked
to his home about a mile and a half distant from the shore, losing
a good deal of blood on the way. The steamer "Chedabucto",
Captain Paul Cooper, was in port at the time and the injured man was
taken by his father and some friends to the steamer. Captain Cooper
made a tourniquet to staunch the flow of blood, and brought him on
to Canso for medical treatment. On arrival, Grover was carried to
the office of Dr. P.A. McGarry, who, with the assistance of Dr. F.E.
Moore, Miss MacPherson, V.O.N. nurse and Mrs. McGarry, who is a graduate
nurse, everything was done to make the man comfortable.
It was decided that an immediate operation was necessary to save Grover
life. Dr. McGarry got in touch with Manager H.E. Robinson, of the
Fish Company, who considerately allowed the Company's steamer "Margaretville",
Captain George Walsh and crew to proceed to Mulgrave with the stricken
man. On arrival at Mulgrave, Mr. Rod Campbell put a special train
in commission and the injured man was taken to Antigonish, where he
was operated on at half past one on Sunday morning, the arm being
amputated near the shoulder.
Along with the medical attention he received here, the action of Manager
Robinson, Captain Walsh and his crew is highly commended. If the man
survives it will be owing to their instrumentality and that of Mr.
Campbell in getting him to the Hospital under difficult circumstances.