Bear Creek, MT Smith Mine Disaster - Miners Leave Note
Trapped Miners Leave Note on Death's Approach
Bearcreek, Mont., March 6 (AP).-Found chalked on a powder box in the depths of the Smith coal mine Saturday, a note "we hate to go but it can't be helped; it is going to be an easy death to die" - was the only word from seventy-four men entombed in the mine by an explosion a week ago.
A crew found the note when it came upon the bodies of six more men, bringing to seventy-two the number located.
The message had been written by EMIL ANDERSON, 40 electrician, and JOHN SUDAR, 28, loading machine operator. Others had signed their names under the note.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 7 Mar 1943