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November 2006 Odd Wisconsin

The Man with the Iron Hand

When the explorer LaSalle set out to build a great arc of French trading posts stretching from Quebec to New Orleans, he chose as his chief lieutenant 28-year-old Henri de Tonty. Tonty was a tough young navy officer who, when a grenade mangled his right hand, calmly amputated the shredded remains with his left. He wore an iron prosthesis under...
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Posted in Odd Lives on November 5, 2006

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