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Entombed In A Mine

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Wïlkksrakp.e. fa.., eeo. n.-iiie tnining town of Plymouth is in inourning over a terrible accident fhat occurren in the Gaylord colliery Tuesday lnorning. Thirteen men all citizens of that town, lost their livea while in the discharge of their duties. Their narnes are: Mine Foreman Thomas Picton, Thomas Jones. Richard Davis, John Morris, James Kiugdom, Thomas Merritnan, Thomas Cole, Joseph Olds, Daniel Morgan, John Hamnier, Peter tí. McLanghlin, Jlichael Walsh and Thomas Leishou. All the victims with the exceptiou of two, leave families. One of them lost his wife only a month ago, and four little children survive them. Consequently the disaster throws 11 widows and 36 children on the world's charity. The Gaylord mine is pwned by Daniel Edwards, one of the wealthiest operators in the anthracite región. It is operated by the Kingston Coal compny. of which Mr. Edwards ia the president. The best coal in the mine was taken out years ago. Then it was abandoned beeause it could not be opernted with profit. About three weeks ago the company áecided to resume operations and Mon3ay morning a large number of expert tuiners carrying safety lamps eutered the mine and began the work of clearing up the old gangways and proppinjr the roof. They had not been at work long until a "squeeze" came which coinpelled the men to retrace their steps. Foreman Picton with 12 selected minara volunteered to go down the shart ?.nd see what could be done. The descent was made at 10 o'clock Monday iight. Picton's object was to get as near as possible to the most dangerous part of where the "squeeze" was the greatest, in order to stay its progress by beaming the roof with heavy timber. In cases of this kind the men get as near as possible to the cave-in and by insertion of cogs and props endeavor to break off the mass of rock overhead to a tfertain point. thns relieving the prespure on other portions of the mine. It seems that in this instance the efforts of Picton and his men did not prove a success. as the cave extended f ar bevond the danger limit and a much greater distance than where the men expected to be safe if they retreated at the ftr8t iudication of the heavy f all. This is shown by the vast area of the cave-in. No one is left to teil the story. The supposition is that the men were bnsily at work, tiinbering, when the rocky roof caine tnmbling down upon their heads, crushing them out of semblance to hutnanity and piitting a ■wall of debris beuveen them and the iriouth of the shaft 400 feet in thicknesa. Tbis disasier is t'ae worst that hasocciirred in tho anthracite región emce 185. when 33 men perished by a cave -iu in mine No. 1 of the Susquehanna Coal company at Nanticoke.


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