Nanaimo, BC Mine Cage Accident, Sept 1918
SIXTEEN KILLED WHEN CAGE FALLS IN NANAIMO MINE.
MEN MEET HORRIBLE DEATH WHILE DESCENDING TO WORK -- STEEL CABLE GAVE WAY.
WESTERN FUEL COMPANY'S COAL MINE SCENE OF DISASTER
-- BODIES SHOCKINGLY MANGLED.
MOST OF VICTIMS LEAVE WIVES AND FAMILIES -- CAGE BROKE THROUGH FLOOR.
Nanaimo, B.C., Sept. 10 -- Sixteen miners of the Western Fuel company's plant in No. 1 Protection Island mines, were instantly killed just after 7 o'clock this morning when the cable attached to the cab in which they were being lowered to the bottom of the shaft parted.
The remans of the men were mangled and torn beyond identification except for personal effects or clothing upon which a tally could be kept. Six cages, each containing 16 men, already had made their trips to the lower levels when the seventh cage made the fatal plunge. The work of recovering the bodies was an arduous task and was not finished until late this evening. It was necessary to pick up some of the remains and sew them in sacks before it was possible to remove them to the surface. Nearly all the men were residents of Nanaimo having loved here in some instances for a period of years.
The list of the dead follows:
JOSEPH TURNER, married with one child, aged 28.
JOSEPH BOND, married with two children, aged 36.
WILLIAM BLINKHORN, maried with three children, aged 28.
RATHOM MAISERADSE, wife, aged 29.
ROBERT KELLY, widow and five children, aged 48.
JOHN ROLLO, widow and one child, aged 56.
AUGUSTO A. EUSSA, single, aged 33.
N. ESUA, wife and four children, aged 45.
ROBERT McARTHUR, wife and seven children, aged 55.
DAVID EDDY, single, aged 45.
JOSEPH BONAK, wife and four children, aged 48.
LIONEL BARLOW, wife and one child, aged 29.
JOSEPH STUMA, one child, aged 45.
CALEB PRICE, three children, aged 55.
ANGELO SEDOLA, wife and two children, aged 36.
JOHN KERNAHAN, wife and three children, aged 39.
The cage dropped about three hundred feet. The dead body of one man who apparently was thrown from the cage as it dropped.
Manitoba Free Press Winnipeg 1918-09-11