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"ARE THERE ANYALIVE?" IS THE
CRY AT DAWSON
Dawson, N. M., pet. 27. Not even
the poor comfort-of one last look at
the dear faces of the dead will be
given the widows and children of the
miners who perished in the Stag
Canon mine disaster, for putrefaction
has set in and some of the corpses
have been so effected by the foul
gases that they have literally burst.
The wooden shack that has been
converted into a morgue is an inde
scribable charnel house. The bodies
are fast losing any semblance to hu
manity. Yet women timidly lift the
covers of coffins and fall back with
shrieks of horror.
Outside, in the bitter cold and the
driving sleet of the snow, women and
children are still pacing around. It
seems impossible to drive hope from
their hearts. They strain their eyes
o'or toward the mouth of the mine
. oid which the rescuers issue with
their burden of dead bodies, and the
ii-c.y is repeated monotonously over
"Are there any alive,, mister? Are
there any alive?"
All of yesterday afternoon bodies
were brought out two and three at a
time from the northeast section o.
the mine, and the drawn faces of the
rescuers show the strain of their
ghastly work. Each corpse is put on
skids, covered with blankets and tar
paper and dragged out by mules.
All day long funeral processions
filed their way through the town,
with only a few mourners behind
each hearse the widow and the chil
dren of the victim.
Was it criminal carelessness that
exacted such a toll?. Some say that
William Coster, who until a month
ago was, fire boss at the Stag Canor
coal mines, says that the explosion
w?" nredicted six months ago.
"I believe the explosion was causec
by accumulated gas in one of the
rooms in,jvhich a miner entered witl
a naked lamp," he said. "Nonet a
the miners carried safety lamps.
"I reported a room full of gas last
February and when I left the mine on
September 5, that.room was still full?
of gas. No effort had been made to
clear it. Once, when a mine inspec-1'
tor had just reported everything in
good condition, I went into the mine
and found a room where there was)
gas in dangerous quantities.
"Since last January the mine has
not been sprinkled except in a few
places where the dust was especially,
thick. When I left, dust was flying' .
through the whole mine. -
"The ventilating system had been .
neglected since Joseph Smith left the;
mine, Superintendent McDermott de-'
voting his entire enegries to mining,
WAS STAG CANON MINE HORROR
JUST OUT-AND-OUT MURDER? t
By Wm. G. Shepherd. $
Dawson, N. M., Oct. 27. Was this
killing here of 250 men in Stag-Canonr
mine, owned by Phelps, Dodge & Co.
I got these facts immediately after
my' arrival here from Colorado, from
Lois Latfas, a Greek, who, in. spite o
the efforts of mine officials to keep all
outsiders from the scent, entered
Stag Canon and hid in the home 'of
a dead Greek miner while the mine
guards were hunting him in vain.
Likas questioned eight Greek miners
and several miners of other nation
ilities concerning the explosion.
Do the facts prove murder? ,
First, at 6 i-nthe morning on the,
day of the explosion, a mine guard
vho hadbeen in the mine as watch
man all night, reported to William
,McDermott, the superintendent, that ,
lust-gas was filling the mine!
Half an hour after the explosion
this mine guard, dashing up to thes
pit of the mine, said to the group
here: ."My shoulders are clear, I
,old the officials this morning that
he mine wasn't safe to work in!" ,
The second'fact is thaf McDermott
Jmself was killed in the mine, having