|Thursday, January 4, 1912, Vol. 61, No. 1||The Northern Advance (Barrie)||Page 5, col. 1|
Shot a G.T.R. fireman.
The Bruce Times, Walkerton, says: Oliver Trafalet, aged 14, was sentenced by Judge Barrett to a term in the Mimico Industrial School, for firing a revolver shot a G.T.R. engine which was standing on a siding at Southampton. The bullet passed through the shoulder of a fireman who was cleaning the locomotive at the time, and before medical aid could be secured the injured man had almost bled to death. After being in a precarious condition for a time, the victim of the mishap sufficiently recovered as to be able to be removed to his home near Clifford, where is at present convalescing. The lad who fired the shot was subsequently apprehended by the authorities and sent to Walkerton for trial, where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced above. The evidence of the lad showed that the shooting was not done with malicious intent, but rather than undertaken as a trial of marksmanship, the boy like William Tell, taking great chances to prove his skill.