From the Reynolds's Newspaper (London), Sunday, April 20, 1851
SERIOUS ACCIDENT FROM FIRE-ARMS - Lately, as a party of persons were on their way home from Penzance market a dispute arose on some trivial matter between the wives of two men named ELLIOT, (father and son), and the neighbour, a man named HOLLOW, residing at Durvan in Sancreed. On their arriving home, they informed their husbands of what had taken place, who, urged by what their wives said, went out and fell upon HOLLOW before he reached his home, and ill-used him severely, pulling him off the cart and following him to his house. He, fearing his life was in danger, ran into his house, and caught up a gun, and dared his assailants to approach him-threatening to shoot them. They succeeded however, in wrestling the gun from him, when the elder on in attempting to break the gun in pieces by dashing it against the wall of the house, the percussion cap which was on it suddenly exploded, and the gun proving to be loaded the charge was instantly lodged in the lower part of one of his legs, carrying away almost all the flesh below the knee, and inflicting injuries which threaten to incapacitate him for labour fro the remainder of his life. The name of the unfortunate man is John ELLIOT; and it appears that he did not believe at the time that the piece was loaded. Under the medical care of Mr. A. BERRYMAN, of Penzance, he is doing as well as can be expected.