Chicago Daily Tribune Saturday, March 8, 1879 page 7
T.B. Hoffman, States Attorney of Lawrence County, Illinois, while duck hunting this afternoon was seriously injured by a gun bursting. His right cheek is almost entirely torn off, and part of the nose and several teeth torn out. He was nearly 5 miles from home at the time of the accident. He was taken to Lawrenceville, Illinois this evening. He will probably lose his right eye.
Ed Note: According to his tombstone found in the old (North) section of the Lawrenceville Cemetery, he lived on to become a judge and didn't die until May 23, 1903. Who says Justice isn't blind?