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Port Royal, PA Mine Explosion, June 1901

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EXPLOSION KILLS FOURTEEN MINERS.

FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT IN A PORT ROYAL, PA., MINE.

THIRTEEN MEN ARE MISSING OR DEAD -- LIST OF THOSE WHO ARE MISSING -- THE DETAILS OF THE ACCIDENT.

Pittsburg, June 11. -- At 10 o'clock this morning a telegram was received at the headquarters of the Pittsburg Coal company, owners of the Port Royal mine, in which it was stated that there were from fourteen to sixteen entombed in the burning mine. Among the number are WM. McCUNE, superintendent of the mine, and W. S. ALLISON, foreman. Another relief force was sent into the mine at 9 o'clock this morning.

West Newton, Pa., June 11. -- Another explosion occurred at the Port Royal mine of the Pittsburg Coal and Coke company shortly before noon, and several of the rescuers were dangerously injured.
Fire Inspector CALLAGHAN and Fire Boss McFEE were the most dangerously hurt and may die. The last explosion, in many minds, settled the fate of the entombed miners, and all hope of getting them out alive has been abandoned.

West Newton, Pa., June 11. -- Time only adds horror to the disastrous mine explosion which occurred late last evening at No. 2 mine of the Pittsburg Coal company, at Port Royal. Three men were rescued and seventeen others are imprisoned in the burning mine. Last night the mine was reported at the offices of the company here to be on fire, and Division Superintendent WM. McCUNE and W. F. ALLISON of this place started for the scene. They entered the mine with Fire Boss JOHN KECK, who carried an open lamp. Three explosions followed at intervals of a few moments, the large fan being inadequate to counteract the rush of fire damp. Many of the miners escaped but the lastest reports state that McCUNE and ALLISON with fifteen miners are beyond reach of rescue. Even were there a bare possibility of rescue, these men are over a mile from the bottom of the pit. Since the efforts of the third rescuing party, which, like previous attempts, were futile, no effort has been made to reach the men and no further attempt will be made until Mine Inspector CALLAGHAN arrives from Connellsville. The weeping wives and children of the missing men are gathered about the mine shaft awaiting almost hopelessly some news of their loved ones and frantically appealing for their rescue.

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