Mineral, KS Black Damp Mine Explosion, Mar 1911
FIVE MEN KILLED.
BLACK DAMP EXPLODES IN COAL MINE AT MINERAL KANSAS.
Pittsburg, Kan., March, 19. -- Five men, one of them JOHN JOPLING, general superintendent in the coal department of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas R.R. are dead as the result of an explosion of black damp in the company's mine at Mineral, Kan., today.
There were three explosions, the first just after THOMAS CHEEK and JOHN BURGAN, shot firers, went into the mine to begin work. Both were killed instantly. The second explosion came when WILLIAM JEFFRIES, another shot firer, went underground to rescue his fellow workers. By lying flat on the ground a moment before the second explosion JEFFRIES saved himself.
As soon as he reached the surface, a rescue party composed of JOPLING and two miners, SAMUEL WTSON and a foreigner, rushed into the pit to search for CHEEK and BURGAN. Less than thirty minutes later there was an explosion which killed JOPLING and his men.
Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1911-03-20