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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 1',
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NOON EDITION -
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, sm Tel. Monroe 353.
Editor and Publisher. D Automatic 51-422.
500 South Peoria St. 398 , By Mail, 50 Cents a Month.
VOL. 3, NO. 103 Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 29, 1914 ONE CENT
HERO WAVES ASIDE $1,000 REWARD
-TELLS CARNEGIE TO KEEP MONEY
Phillip Gill, the First Among 800 Carnegie Fund Heroes
To Refuse Prize, Tells Thrilling Story of How Her
Rescued Man Among Suffocating Gases y?
In Bowels of Exploded Mine. .
HY KENNETH WILCOX PAYNE
Farmington,. III., Jan. 29. "Keep your $1,000, Mr. Carnegie'! . IH take
no reward lor doing only my DUTY!" v
These ringing -words are from plain Phillip Gill mine hero. He is the
first! persda'.to decline a Carnegie hero-prize.
Gilli a bluff, hearty Scotchman, 75 years old and for nearly fifty years
a mining superintendent, deliberately took his life in his hands and -wormed
his way into the smoking depths of -'No. mine," near here. A terrific ex-
plosion had trapped two of his-men in the .deepest gallery. Gill started
calmly down to rescue them, or to die with themr-in "their prison!
I asked Gill today why he alone among all the 800 who haye received
Carnegie-hero-prizes refused to accept y ,
"Do people ask," he smiled, "why a captain at sea stands by his ship?
There's no 'Why' about it! Tis just binding tradition that the master of a
vessel MUST go down with it unless ,he has seen the .last of his crew in
safaty, first. Well I HAD to go down into the mine and 'twis just like
drowning, too, wjth those wagesofgas rojling around me I HAD to stand
by my men, just as a sea captain wouldtilj the very last one was safe! I
MERELY DID MY. DUTY!
"t took Tom Mflls, .the mine boss, with me, and Jas. Bennie came along