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Basin, MT Hoisting Works Fire, Apr 1896

SHAFTHOUSE AT BASIN, MONT., ON FIRE -- ENTOMBED MINERS WILL DIE.

SIX MEN IN THE MINE.

SHAFTHOUSE AND HOISTING WORKS AT BASIN, MONT., BURNING.

Butte, Mont., April 10. -- Word has just reached here from Basin, Mont., that the shafthouse and hoisting works of the Hope mine are burning.
Six men are in the mine and will undoubtedly be suffocated as there is no way of escaping.
They are:
JOHN BUCKLEY.
PAT BUCKLEY.
MARTIN SULLIVAN.
HUGH McKEEN.
BARNEY WALL.
WILLIAM BELDEN.
No further particulars are obtainable.

Daily Huronite South Dakota 1896-04-10

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NO HOPE FOR THE MINERS.

SEVEN VICTIMS OF THE HOPE MINE DISASTER GIVEN UP FOR LOST.

Butte, Mont., April 10. -- Up to latest reports the men imprisoned in the burning Hope Mine at Basin had not been reached or heard from and their friends are certain now that not one is alive. All night the entire population of the basin worked unceasingly and resorted to every known effort to get air down to the entombed miners. After the timbers commenced to fall down, hope of ever being able to save the men was given up. Several candles and lanterns were lowered today but they wouldnot get further than twenty feet before they would flicker and go out, which was sufficient to denote that there was no hope for the imprisoned men. The fire undoubtedly caught in the blacksmith shop. JIM DWYER heard the fire alarm and immediately went into the surface of the tunnel about forty feet and on looking up saw that the fire was above. He rapped the danger signal on the pipes and received answer in return from the men signifying that they realized the danger they were in. This was the last sound heard from them. With the amount of debris that had fallen down the shaft it will be some days before the men can be recovered.

Hutchinson News Kansas 1896-04-10



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