Portsmouth, NH Fell Down Steps, May 1898

SERIOUS ACCIDENT

John Hayes Quite Badly Injured Last Evening.

Mr. John Hayes the well known war veteran and rigger at the navy yard met with an accident Monday evening, which may prove serious. While coming down the steps at his home on Gates street, he slipped and was thrown headlong to the ground a distance of six feet, landing on the back of his head, rendering him unconscious. He was taken into his home, and Dr. Junkins summoned, and upon an examination found no bones broken, but he fears Mr. Hayes’ spine is badly injured, as the unfortunate man is unable to move his head, without great pain. Tuesday night Mr. Hayes was a trifle better but has not as yet regained the use of his neck or shoulders.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 4 May 1898