|Ebensburg Alleghanian; Thursday, 5 Nov 1863|
Johnstown, Nov. 2, 1863 -- Another of those sad accidents which for a moment pale the cheek of the gay and thoughtless, but which to the ardent Christian are but instances of the insecure tenure by which human life is held and the necessity of being always prepared for sudden death, occurred here on Thursday last. A miner, named Peter Murphy, while at work on that morning, was instantly killed by a mass of coal falling upon him. His head was crushed to a jelly and his brains scattered among the coal. It is but a short time since the deceased recovered from a similar accident – the coal falling upon his leg and badly fracturing it. He was much esteemed by his acquaintances and leaves a wife and large family to mourn his untimely fate.