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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1912, Image 16

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j Li?' HE SAVED 150 LIVES.
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Rufino Rodriquez
In the hell of a turning cqal
mine Rufino Rodriquez a Mexi
can bpy pf 20,- ran a mile and a
half, facing almost certain death,
that he might save the lives of
more than 15Q Fellow workmen,
mostly Americans. ...
All but nine of the men in the
mine Were saved by Rufino's
' warning. Rufino himself was
brought out of the shaft more
dead than alive, but he has now-
recovered to find himself the hero
of all Oklahoma.
Rufino ' was workirig 300 .feet
down in the mine. A-man work
ing with him accidentally set fire
to a barrel' of oil with his lamp.
His three companions, two ne
groes and another Mexican ran
to the cage and signaled tiic en
gineer, calling Rufino to follow.
MYdu fellows Gan go to !
I'm going to save the menV
shouted the boy.
, Choked with smoke, he ran a
. mile ami a .half through the maze
of thymine,; most of the time in
darkness, for he had lost his lamp
dnd warned the workmen "in
every chamber. Finally he
sought tjie escape shaft and start
ed to climb' its winding stair.
Half way up that stair he was
(ptuid ah hour later, by a resciie
The local miners made .up a
purse of $100 for the boy,, and the
citizens of Lehigh will see to it
tfi&t he is still mbre substantially
rewarded. The local miners
union has. recommended him for
-a Carnegie medal and the; district
prganizaion has pledged itself to
educate him in any cqllege'He
may choose.
Rufino can read neither Mexi
can nor English now, but lie is
ambitious, and wants to be a mih
ing engineer. ' '
Old-Fashioned Things.
An old physician of the last
generation was noted for his
brusque manner and old-fashioned
methods. -One time a Iaqy
called him in to treat her baby
Who was slightly ailing. The doc
tor prescribed castor oil.
"But, doctor," protested the
young mother, "castor oil is sijch
an old-fashioned remedy.'
'Madam," replied the doctor,
"babies a"re Qld-fas.hioned things."
Or-o -i 1$
"Are you still looking-for your
dog?" - : , t
"Yes." - , ,
,rWhy don't you advertise for
"What's the use; the dog can't
read" "

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