Cumberland, BC Coal Mine Explosion, July 1903

TWELVE KILLED IN EXPLOSION.

CHINESE TOOK THE PLACE OF WHITE MEN IN MINE.

MINE WAS GASEOUS AND THIS CAUSED EXPLOSION.

Nanaimo, B.C., July 16. -- Word reached here today that by an explosion of firedamp lastnight in No. 6 mine, Cumberland, where fifty Chinamen and four white men were employed. Twelve Chinese were killed and eight injured.
Little property damage was done.
Since the strike, the mine has been worked entirely by Mongolians, with a few white over-men.
The mine was gaseous.
A rescue party, headed by Manager Matthews, went down to the scene to to get out the injured but the deadly black damp made this a slow and dangerous process.
This is the mine where an explosion occurred two years ago in which fifty men lost their lives.

Oakland Tribune California 1903-07-16

List of the Killed:
JUNG BING, miner.
JUNG BOW, miner.
JUNG B. HOW, miner.
WONG TONG, miner.
TING TAH, miner.
WONG YUEN, miner.
CHONG CHI, miner.
MAH CHING, miner.
MAH SEE, miner.
MAH DOW, miner.
MAH LEE, miner.
CHONG, driver.
MAH CHONG, runner.
LAN DOO, runner.
CHONG DOO, runner.
MAH LEE, miner.