Stellarton, NS Overcome In Mine, Dec 1914

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MEN OVERCOME BY BLACK DAMP IN MINE.

THOMAS BLACKWOOD AND JAMES W. BROWN, OF N.S., LOSE LIVES WHILE INVESTIGATION DAMAGE BY EXPLOSION.

Stellarton, N.S., Dec. 20. -- Two men, THOMAS BLACKWOOD, deputy inspector of mines, and JAMES W. BROWN, mine superintendent, were overcome by black damp following an explosion in Allan's shaft No. 1, of the mines here, and are dead. O. McLEAN was rescued unconscious and resuscitated. A pump man and a boy who were in the mine when the explosion occurred were rescued.
The explosion took place about 9:30 o'clock this morning, when only the pump man and boy were in the shaft. After they were brought out, BLACKWOOD, BROWN, McLEAN and ALEX. SUTHERLAND went into the works to investigate the damage. SUTHERLAND shortly returned alone and reported that his companions were overcome. A rescue party was quickly formed and brought out the bodies, but efforts at resuscitation were successful only on McLEAN.
The mine had been closed down for some time owing to a fire which was walled off. It is thought a break in the fire wall was responsible for the explosion.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1914-12-21