Ashland, PA Suffocation In Mine, Oct 1887

PERISHING IN A MINE.

THREE MEN AND TWO BOYS SUFFOCATED IN A PENNSYLVANIA COLLIERY.

THIRTEEN OTHERS OVERCOME BY GAS.

A PILLAR GAVE WAY AND THE HAPLESS PEOPLE WERE SHUT IN -- THE DAMAGE DONE.

Ashland, Pa., Oct. 1. -- Three men and two boys were suffocated and thirteen others overcome with gas this afternoon in the Best Colliery.
Those killed were:
FREDERICK OUTRICH, aged forty.
JOHN COCHRANE, aged thirty-three.
JOHN McDONALD, aged twenty.
JOHN GUILLIAM, aged seventeen.
PARK TULLY, aged fourteen.
It is feared that some of the thirteen others who were overcome by the gas will die.
A pillar in one of the gangways gave way, bringing with it a large amount of gas, which suffocated the workmen and rendered escape impossible to those in that gangway. Other men in the neighborhood heard the rush of air and escaped.
The mine belongs to the Philadelphia & Reading company. The damage to the colliery cannot be estimated yet.

The Herald New York 1887-10-02