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Foustwell, PA Berwind-White Coal Mine Flood, Apr 1907


JOHNSTON, Pa., April 27. - Twelve men, all foreigners, are reported to be imprisoned in the Foustwell mine of the Bermind-White [sic] Coal Company in Somerset county. Their fate is not known, nor will it be until a vast quantity of water has been pumped out and this may require a couple days.

Meanwhile there is the wildest excitement among the relatives and friends of the imprisoned men.

Pumps have been going steadily since the accident but they are not making much headway and it is not known how great a body of water remained to be removed. The cause of the flooding of the mines will not be known until the rescuing party can gain an entrance.

It is believed the men at their work tapped and old mine that was full of water in which case there would probably be no chance for their escape, while if the water rose more slowly from a bursted [sic] pipe they would have a chance of safety by climbing up through the airshaft.

Even in the latter case it is doubtful they could survive for lack of air.

At 2:45 o'clock Mine Superintendent Meighan, who is the head of the rescuing party, succeeded in getting a signal over the pump line and it is now known that some of the men are alive.

It was then said all but seven had been accounted for.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 27 Apr 1907



Workmen Entombed at Foustwell Signal Surface by Tapping on Pipes


Rescuers Puzzled by Telegraph Code of Imprisoned Men - Their Signal Consists of Seven Successive Taps, Then Pause.


article | by Dr. Radut