Dayton, TN Mine Explosion, Mar 1902

TWENTY-ONE LIVES SACRIFICED BY IMPERFECT FUSE IN TENNESSEE MINE.

DRY COAL DUST EXPLODES AND MEN ARE TANGLED AT THE MOUTH OF THE MINE BY THE SHOCK -- THE MINE HAS A DEADLY HISTORY.

Chattanooga, Tenn., March 21. -- At 4:45 o'clock this afternoon an explosion of gas in the Nelson mide of the Dayton Coal & Iron company, at Dayton, Tenn., ignited the dry coal dust in the mine and caused a terrific explosion. Twenty-two men are known to be dead. Ten bodies have been recovered. Twelve bodies are still in the mine.

The Dead:
LARK HUNTER.
ALEX TAFFER.
JAMES FRANKLIN.
JOHN HARNEY.
TOM SHAVER.
JAMES HARRIS.
P. G. TRAVIS, all white.
GEORGE GRIFFITHS.
BEN GRIFFITHS.
REESE DEAN.
NORRIS PIERSOLL.
MORGAN SMITH.
JOHN ROBINSON.
J. E. HILL.
BRYANT SMITH.
MACK FOUST, all colored, and six others, names unknown.

Fatally Injured:
W. T. HEAD, brother of JAMES HEAD, superintendent of the mine, burned, injured internally; will die.
Seriously Injured:
JAMES RILEY, white, right leg broken, bruised about head and face.
WILL PRESNELL, white, badly burned.
WM. SCARBROUGH, white, badly burned.
ARTHUR HUGHES, white.
GEO. WAFFORD, colored.
TOM CUMMINGS, white.
HENRY GONYEN, white.

Gas exists in the Nelson mine and the men are required to use safety lamps. It is the rule of the company for the miners to place their fuses ready to be lighted for blasts just before quitting work each day and there are workmen known as "firemen" who go through the mine after all the miners are out and set off these blasts. The miners quit work at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon.

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