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Ashland, Pa., March 1. - Five men f re imprisoned in the Boston Run mine i .it rhis place as the result of a fall of I coal which occurred Wednesday. ïhere j is every reasou to believe that the men j will be released in a short time, as it is known they are alive and probably un hurt. The mine is operated by the Reading Coal and Iron company, and at the time of the accident there were Beven men at work in it. They were: Joseph and John Meeckes, twin j ere: Charles Manon, Louis White, Edward Mengel, .Tames Kramer and William Ervine. They were in one of the upper lifts when a large fall of erop and stirface coal took place, ñlling the ganjway and hoking it up completely thus cutting' off all ineans of escape for the imprisoned men. As soon as the accident was discoverecl Superintendent Veith and a squad of rescuers entered the mine and began the work of extricating the men f rom their perilous position. Tliey found but little trouble in making good headway, as the fall was loose and very light. At 3 ovclock they heard tappings on he Other side of the wall upon which they were working and a few minutes later their shouts were answered by faint, but' cheerful, cries from the imprisoned miners. The news was conveyed to the vast crowd that had collected at the en trance of the mine and a great shout went up when it became kuown that tlie poor fellows were at least alive and that a repetition of the Wilkesbarre horror was not probable. At 5 o'clock the rescuers came upon a pocket, in which they found the Meeckes brothers safe and sound without a scratch of any kind. From them they learned that the other men were about 50 3'ards further in the mine, having run in that direction when the fall came. The men who had been in such deadly peril turned to with a will, for they had assured their wivs and friends that they were indeed unhurt. and aided in the work of releasing their companions in rnisfortune from their unpleasant predicament. The work is still going bravely on and rapid progress is being made. Shouts and calis from the entorubed men can be plainly heard, and the sounds that come from the mass of coal and dirt indicóte that they are assisting in the work of rescue by digging at the fall from their side of it. Superintendent Veith says he has no fears for safety of the men and believes that all of them are uninjured.


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