N&W in 1910--Unconscious

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
November 24, 1910

Engineer Struck by Rock at Genoa and Not Found Until Train Was at Rodney
Riding a distance of four miles unconscious at the throttle, Norfolk and Western Engineer J. C. Neff, of Portsmouth, was found by his fireman inert and apparently lifeless as the train was pulling into Rodney, W. Va.
Neff is supposed to have been struck on the head by a rock thrown by [someone], for a four-inch gap was found in his scalp.
Neff says that the last thing he remembers is when he was passing through Genoa, a distance of five miles to Rodney, where he was found by the fireman as stated. He was placed on board a freight and taken to Williamson.
[Rodney and Genoa were on the old Twelve Pole line between Naugatuck and Kenova.]

Gordon Hamilton
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