Sweet Cake Mine Explosion
March 21, 1896
Explosion in a Mine.
West Newton, Pa. March 21.-A mine
explosion occurred this morning at the Ohio &
Pennsylvania mine, situated on the Baltimore &
Ohio railroad, four miles south of this place.
The violence of the explosion was such that
considerable debris was blown from the shaft
into the engine room. A mule attached to a water
cart and the cart itself were blown to pieces.
Two injured men were taken from the shaft, and a
man named O’Donnell and a boy, Willis Davis, are
yet in the mine, and supposed to be dead. The
after-damp prevents an exploration of the mine
Sunday World-Herald, Omaha, NE 22 Mar
Two Killed By a
Fire Damp Explosion at the Sweet Cake Mine, Near
West Newton, Pa., on the B. & O. Railroad.
Pittsburg (sic), Pa., March 21.—Alex.
McDonald, fire boss, and Willie Davis, a
15-year-old traper boy, were killed this morning
in a fire damp explosion in the Ohio and
Pennsylvania “Sweet Cake” coal mines, near West
Newton, on the B. & O. railroad, a few miles
above this city. McDonald had gone into the
mine, the boy accompanying him. In about twenty
minutes a terrible explosion occurred, followed
by flames issuing from the pit’s mouth. As soon
as possible a rescue party was organized, and
the two bodies were brought to the surface,
burned to a crisp. The explosion is hard to
account for, as the company had taken extra
precautions to prevent such an accident.
Wheeling Sunday Register, Wheeling, WV
22 Mar 1896
Two Burned To A Crisp -
Man and Boy Perish in a Fire-Damp
Pittsburg (sic), March 21.- Alexander
McDonald, fire boss, and Will E. Davis, a
15-year-old boy, were killed this morning in a
fire damp explosion in the Ohio and Pennsylvania
Sweet Cake coal mine, near West Newton, on the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a few miles above
this city. McDonald had gone into the shaft to
inspect the mine, the boy accompanying him. In
about twenty minutes a terrific explosion
occurred, followed by flames issuing from the
pit’s mouth. As soon as possible a rescue party
was organized and the two bodies were brought to
the surface burned to a crisp.
The Philadelphia Inquirer,
Philadelphia, PA 22 Mar 1896
Articles transcribed by
Don Baum. Thanks, Don!
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