Negaunee, MI Negaunee Mine Cave In, Jan 1902

EARTH CAVES IN
Seventeen Lives Lost in Michigan Mine Accident.
Crushed by Tons of Ore
Men at Bottom of Shaft and No Warning Given.
One Worker Rescued Alive
Not Able to Give Cause of the Disaster.
Mine One of the Most Unlucky in Lake Superior District-Recruits for Philippines Injured in Chicago Wreck.

Negaunee, Mich., Jan. 7. -- The most distressing accident that has occurred in this county for years took place at the Negaunee mine today noon, by which from thirteen to seventeen miners are thought to have lost their lives. The accident was the result of a cave-in at the bottom of the old shaft and had it occurred half an hour sooner 150 men would have been killed.

The names of the dead, so far as known, are:
WILLIAM WILLIAMS, married.
JOHN SULLIVAN, single.
JOHN PARCOE, single.
JOHN PEARCE, married.
JACOB HUNLALLA, married.
Thus far but two bodies have been taken out, Hunlalla's and an Italian, Dominico Basso, alive.

Survivor Tells the Story.

Basso's story is as follows: "We were sitting around the pump at the bottom of the shaft, when, without warning, thousands of tons of ore came down. I remembered nothing more until I heard the sound of picks and shovels in the hands of rescuers and their shouts. I was in total darkness and my feelings cannot be described. What seemed ages to me were but minutes. When rescuers found me I was seventy-five feet from the place where I was sitting, and found myself in a drift. How I got there is a mystery, but can only be accounted for by the concussion of the wind."

Hundreds of men are at the mine eager to help in the work of rescue, but it is thought the remaining bodies cannot be found within twenty-four hours.

The Negaunee mine is one of the most unlucky properties in the Lake Superior district. Much trouble has resulted in sinking and drifting from surplus water and quick sands.

It was at this mine that $1,000,000 was recently expended to sink a shaft to the ledge.

From the condition of the shaft it would seem that the men are surrounded by a large mass of dirt and broken timber. The lower portion of the shaft is so badly twisted that the cage will not operate within 100 feet of where the men are entombed. A rescuing party of about fifteen of the most skilful (sic) miners at the mine was organized immediately.

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