Finleyville, PA Mine Explosion, Apr 1913


Thirty Bodies Already Recovered From Disaster at Finleyville.


Preparations Are Made to Force Air Into the Mine This Afternoon.


Rescuers Experienced in Mine Disasters Believe Some of Men in Mine Are Still Alive.

FINLEYVILLE, Pa., April 24.- That 111 of the 122 men penned in the Cincinnati mine by yesterday's explosion are dead was the belief of many rescuers at noon today. Preparations were being made to force air into the mine and clear it of gas, and men experienced in fighting mine disasters expected to find some yet alive in the mine. They believed the death list would be well under one hundred.

Thirty bodies have been recovered.

Numbers Thirty-four Men.

The searching party today numbered thirty-four trained rescue men. They were divided into squads of four to six. Bodies discovered in the mines were assembled, held there until enough had been collected to make a train load, then a string of cars bearing burlap-wrapped figures was pushed to the surface and the men placed in box cars.

The rescuers were forced time and again to clamber over huge piles of debris loosened by the explosion, and it is feared that many of the dead are burled beneath these tons of coal and timbers.

Helmet men penetrated as far as No. 10 entry this morning. As the search for bodies deep in the mine became more and more difficult, the rescuers turned their attention to bratticing portions of the mine so that air can be forced into the passages clearing them of gases.

State Mine Inspector Alex McCanch, of Monongahela, who has general charge of the rescue work, was joined today by State Inspectors Charles P. McGregor, of Carnegie, A. B. Kaiser, of Pittsburgh, and W. A. Lockhart, of Houston.

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