A Close Call
—A tragedy was narrowly averted at the store of Jahr and Eastman at Wilton Thursday afternoon, says the News. A customer was looking at a Winchester shot-gun with a view of buying. Like all guns in the store, this gun was not supposed to be loaded, and the customer pulled the trigger to try its action. There was an explosion, a charge of shot caromed down the store, through the hardware department, and some lodged in the office. John Oszust was in its wake, but he happened to be stooping over, which was all that saved him from being badly hurt.
Bismarck Daily Tribune, 9/19/1906