DuBois, PA Berwind-White Mine Explosion, Mar 1896 - Killed by Fumes

GREAT MINING DISASTER

Fatal Explosion of Gas at a Shaft Near Dubois, Penn.

KILLED BY THE FOUL FUMES.

Five Colliers Tried to Rescue Their Companions Before Coming Up in the Cage but Were Driven Back by Fire Damp - Twelve of the Dead Left Families - The Mine Was Regarded As Safe.

DUBOIS, Penn., March 24. -- The first great mining disaster is this neighborhood during the fifteen years since mining became an industry of magnitude hereabout occurred at 9:20 o'clock yesterday morning at the Berwind-White shaft, just east of this town. There was an explosion of mine gas that killed thirteen men, all of Dubois. The dead are:
JAMES GRAHAM,
JAMES GRAHAM, JR.,
JOHN MONROE,
GEORGE POSTLETHWAITE,
JESSE POSTLETHWAITE,
HENRY HARVEY,
GEORGE HARVEY,
HARRY SMITH,
LINDSAY E. BRADLEY,
ANDREW MOWAK,
DAVID BELL,
REUBEN NOBLE,
GEORGE AINSLEY.

All of the dead leave families except JAMES GRAHAM, JR.

As soon as the explosion occurred and before the extent of the disaster was known messengers were sent to town to summon all the physicians who could be found. When the news reached Rochester mines, which are three miles from the shaft, the men working there concluded that the services of practical miners would be wanted underground, and about forty at once came out and started for the shaft. Conveyances were found for some and others went as far as they could in the street cars and walked the rest of the way. Superintendent REED, of the Rochester mines, followed them, and as soon as he arrived at the shaft went below with a cageful of his own men.

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