This sad diary entry reads:
"As Maggie Elizabeth Thomas, a Second Standard
[class] girl, was going home to dinner today
over the railway, two wheels of a loaded waggon went over one of her legs.
She was immediately taken home to the Gurnos and the injured limb was
amputated by Dr Thomas, Ystalyfera".
quite likely that poor Maggie was in terrible
pain when her leg was sawn off, because many operations like
this were carried out without pain-killers
or anaesthetics in Victorian times. (Anaesthetics
are used in hospitals nowadays to put you to sleep before an operation
so that you don't feel any pain at all.)
teacher wrote two days later that before he could not stop children from
crossing the railway tracks, but after this happened they all went the
long way round by the road. (There
map showing the dangers near the school on one of the coming
But there was another awful injury to another
little girl seven years later...
serious railway accident...