|Cyfarthfa Ironworks by Night (1825) by Penry Williams|
|Merthyr Telegraph and General Advertiser for the Iron Districts of South Wales|
2 September 1865.
Branding through the trousers with a red hot iron is not the worst thing that could happen to a worker at the forges. A splash from the molten iron itself would only cool by boiling the blood down to the bone cauterizing the flesh as it did so. The extraction of the solidified metal and cauterized skin and muscle was horrific.