Wilkes-Barre, PA Mine Fire, Mar 1890

The Searchers Will Not Give Up.

In the meantime, all is being done that is possible toward getting information as to the fate of the missing men, and until every device is exhausted the search will not be abandoned. There are now eight or ten streams of water being poured down the air shaft. Engines Nos. 2 and 3 are at work, as well as the Kingston fire engine. The two former are stationed at plugs and the latter is drawing water from the main sewer. In addition a donkey engine has been erected below the Vulcan Iron works and is pumping water from the creek. The five inch mains from the Crystal Spring are also pouring their streams under pressure into the mine.

Great volumes of bad smelling smoke, gas and steam continue to pour out of the air shaft. The stream is produced by the stream of water which is being poured down the Stanton Shaft. this makes it way through the blazing portion of the mine and meets the rapidly rising water below.

No One to Blame.

In a conversation with Mine Inspector WILLIAMS he said "There is no one to blame for this unfortunate accident. The boy who touched off the feeder probably stumbled and fell. This brought his lamp close to the mouth of the feeder, which took fire. Since the accident the Lehigh and Wilkesbarre Coal Company has spared no expense in attempting to reach the spot where the bodies are supposed to be. The officials here have been willing to adopt any measure for relief at any cost and every man who went down with the rescuing party will be liberally rewarded."

The Trenton Times, Trenton, NJ 6 Mar 1890



1p.m.-There is no change in the situation at the burning mine. It will take fully four days to flood it. The supposition now is that the men did not get very far from where they were working, and if this is the case their bodies will never be recovered, as they in all probability by this time are burned to a crisp.

The entombed miners are; MICHAEL FERRIS, single; FRANK CALL, fifty-five, wife and seven children; HUGH DUGAN, married, wife and several children; THOMAS JAMESON, single; THOMAS MCDONALD, single; THOMAS WILLIAMS, married, wife and two children; THOMAS MCDONALD, driver, and JOHN MCNEALIS, single.

The Trenton Times, Trenton, NJ 6 Mar 1890


March 2, 1890, In the same colliery, eight men were imprisoned, and died before they could be reached by the rescuing party.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN 4 Mar 1890