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Another Mine Horror

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Parent Issue
Day
27
Month
February
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

HALIFAX, N. S., Feb. 23.- The first great disaster in the history oL the Cumberland coal flelds occurred Saturday afternoon, when an explosión took place in the east slope of the Spring Hill mines, resulting in large loss of life. Many of the bodies were terribly mutilated and it ia known that 113 persons lost their lives, and some families are mourning the loss of two or three members. As soon as the news went abroad the mouth of the pit was surrounded by shrieking women and children, and the scène was one to stop one's heart beats. It is the greatest disaster ever known in this coal field. The two previous calamities were the explosión at the Ford pit, Itellarton, ten years ago, when forty-five lives were lost, and the disaster at the Drummond mine, Westville, seventeen years ago, when sixty-five men were killed. The Spring Hill mine is ovrned by English and Montreal capitalists. It employed 1,000 men and had an output of 500,000 ton a year. The Mine Completely Wrecked. The mine has been completely wrecked. Choke-damp set in immediately after the explosión, and did its deadly work well. Rescuing parties were organized, and brave volunteers were not wanting to go down to recover the bodies of the dead and save those who might be alive. All night long the work went on, and as corpse after corpse was brought to the surface the despairing wails of the bereaved rent the heavens. Many of the dead were almst unrecognizable. The first exploriug party found the bodies oi two so badl?" mutilated that they could only be taken to the surface in bags. One body was cut in two across the abdomen, one arm was missing, the face was a mass of blackened, burned flesh, and the only thing to denote that it was a human body was a tuft of hair on the back of the head. The brain was exposed to view.anc presented a sickening spectacle. Terribly Afflicted Families. Jessie Armishaw went down No. 2 slope Saturday night and found his three sons and a brother piled together in a heap in one corner of the mine. The sight so un nerved him that he had to return to the surface without his boys. Two sons of Robert McVey, both under 14 years, oc cupy one coffin. Hugh Bunt loses two sons. These sorrowful households are only a few of the large numbers from which bread winners have been so ruth lessly snatched. The deepest gloom has settled over the whole community. The scène of the explosión was in the immediate vicinity of No. 6 and 7 slopes The greatest number of deaths occurrec there. This part of the mine was visitec by Deputy Inspector of Mines Madden Friday morning, and he says there was no gas to spak of at that time. In a railway coHision at Berestoff, Rus sian Poland, Monday, sixteen person were killed and many seriously injured.