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V_#\_>TBPARTS PRICE: SSo*b o *» b -SS 40 CENTS VOW XXXV, IVU.MUI3U «7 DEAD IN EASTERN MINE HORROR NUMBER NEARLY 600 BACKED BY TROOPS, NEVADA OPERATORS HURL DEFIANCE AT WESTERN FEDERATION CRISIS NEAR IN GOLDFIELD MINE STRIKE TROOPS IN CAMP, READY FOR EMERGENCY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION DEFIES FEDERATION Properties Will Be Operated with Non.Union Men, According to Em. plovers' Statement — Rumor of Dynamite Plot By A •«<»!« f»4 Pr»««. GOLDFIEJLD, Nev., Dec. 7.-Encour eged, doubtless, by the presence of fed eral troops, the Goldfleld Mine Owners' association held a meeting this afternoon and tonight gave out a statement in which It is openly said that the mem bers of the association have decided to make a determined struggle to free Gold fleld of union domination and make this an open camp. The statement of the purpose of the mine owners is direct and unequivocal and throws down tho gauntlet to the Western Federation of Miners. Officers of the association refused to say If any Bteps have already been taken toward Importing non-union miners in sufficient numbers to reopen the mines, which are now idle and rapidly filling with water, but stated that many telegrams are be ing received hourly offering men and within forty-eight hours the mines could be opened with the same number of men as were formerly at work in them. One Thousand Men Ready One concern In San Francisco, It is said, offered today to send 1000 men on one hour's notice. The officers of the association say, however, that In their belief there are enough men in the camp who will leave the union now to make the importation of men unnecessary, and they are look- Ing for these men to make application early In the coming week. It is impossible, the operators say, for tuni to get enough men in the mines at present to operate the pumps and keep them clear of water. Caveins are constantly taking place and other darn- Bga Is being wrought by reason of the inactivity. - No unusual excitement was caused by the arrival of the first detachment of troops ami the crowds that gathered at the depot quickly dispersed after the troops had marched to the mesa in the northwestern part of the city, where they have gone into temporary encampment\ Tonight Goldfleld is quiet and there arc DO Indications of impending trouble. 283 Soldiers in Camp In the command of Col. Reynolds are 28S men, exclusive of officers. From San Francisco came companies B, D, X, I and M of the Twenty-second infantry. At 10 o'clock tonight a special train arrived from Monterey. Cal.. with 150 men of companies C. E. F, G and H of the Twenty-second Infantry. With, the two detachments are Capt. Richardson, ad jutant; Capt. Wolfe, quartermaster; Captains Wassell and Stewart and Majors Fredericks and Krepp. Capt William Cox, a member of Gov ernor Sparks' staff and the personal rep resentative of the governor, is In Gold field tonight In conference with Col. Reynolds. He states that Governor Sparks' action in requesting that troop? be sent to Goldfleld was merely a pre cautionary measure and not based on any overt acts of the union men. He refused to say tonight whether Col. Reynolds would be asked by the gover nor to station men at or near the mines In case the ownerß decide to make an effort to start up the mines with non union men. Col. Reynolds refused to say whether he would take such action. Officers of the local union and of the Western Federation of Miners stated to night that the only grievance of the union miners Is over the matter of accepting scrip issued by John S. (Jook & Co., the only banking concern now doing business in ©o'.efleld, which they say the mine owners refused to guarantee pereonally. There are about 1300 Western Federation miners now out in the entire camp. Predicts Bloodshed The Nevada Workman, organ of the m« workers in Goldfleld, issued tonight, contains a statement by Charles H. Mack lnton, ps^sldent of the Goldfleld Miners' union, in which he says: "There Is no care man in the district •who will say that there was any need for the federal troops in Goldfleld." The paper says editorially: "It is evl- Hent that the Mine Owners' association Intends to re-enact the tragic scenes of- Co'.orado. "The coming of troops means nothing short of that. Violence and disorder will ensue upon the arrival of the troops, and It Is apparent that the gloomy history of Colorado 1b to be rewritten." A statement to the public issued to night by the Golafleld Mine Operators' association, states in the beginning that "repeated outrages against individuals' rights ana banishment from the camp of men desirous of Investing In the- mines, open looting of every mire carrying high grade ore and deeds of violence have be come so unbearable that the owners must either close the mines, hand them over to the union, or make a desperate effort to gain the right to work them as we please. "We have chosen the latter alternative, and propose to make one final struggle for the right to manage our own prop erty." Citizens Beaten The paragraph concludes: "Individual miners and citizens who have incurred the enmity of the union have been beaten at night by the score and compelled to leave the camp. Citizens of the camp and merchants who have dared to protest against or even disprove these outrages have been threatened, boycotted, beaten and even murdered," continues the state- Specific Instances of outrages of this nature alleged to have been committed uy the union miners are detailed. . "The union has encouraged, protected and assisted Its -numbers in the crime of stealing ore from the mines of tho dls ti-i. i The union has prevented every ef- < Continued on I'iibo Tmi.i Los Angeles Herald. "WHAT HAPPENED TO JONES" PROOF OF POLICE INTELLIGENCE President of San Francisco Sugar and Syrup Company, Held Up, Robbed, Shot, Is Arrested by Two Sleuths i-y Assoclatefl Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7.— E. W. Jones, president of the Peerless Sugar and Syrup company, had a unique ex perience this morning. While walking on Kearney street nbout 2 o'clock he met tv/o men who claimed to know him, but who robbed him of his watch and $50, after tiring a shot through his hand. Two policemen at tracted to the scene arrested Jones. About the same time two men were detacted in the act of robbing the room of P. E. Slavin on Broadway. One of them received a wound In the hand and when Utfi was reported Jones was WJ cusad of the crime. In the meantime one of the men who had shot Jones was arrested and was identified by tho latter at the police Bta tlon. The Identity of Jones then became known and he was Immediately released. SPIRITUALIST LEADER IS AGAIN INDICTED May Pepper Vanderbilt of New York Accused of Larceny by Action of the Grand Jury By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Dec. 7.-Mrs. May Pepper Vanderbilt, the spiritualist leader, was again Indicted yesterday for grand lar- Ce _he pleaded not guilty and was released on $1500 ball. Hop Growers Organize By Associated PrfM. SACRAMENTO, Dec. 7.-At a meeting of prominent hop growers held here today the preliminaries were practically com pleted looking to the organization of a hop growers' protective association. Arrange ments were made for the Incorporation of the association, but no information was given out as to what officers will be selected, or what will be the scale of the organisation. Summary of the News FORECAST For Los Angeles and vicinity: Clearing Sunday; light west wind. Maximum temperature yesterday, 6 degrees; minimum, 49 degrees. LOCAL Tong leader doomed. Police increase Chinatown squad in effort to avert out break of hatchetmen. Los Angeles Railway company wine case from woman who Bued for damages. Chryatabelle Morley and Harry San derson sentenced to three years each for arson. Woman hears sentence without tremor. Council to put cost of increase in police force on shoulders of liquor men. Traffic congestion bill will be argued before city council at Monday's session. Non- partisans urge reduction in force of health Inupectors. Mesmer, RicGuire, McGarry and Kern in race to secure presidency of board of Law forbiding minors to play in pool rooms is held constitutional by Judge Smith. Body of patrolman Lyons on way to his New York home in care of man who captured murderer. FOREIGN Japan refuses to make any but verbal agreement regarding restriction of emigration. Secretary of War Taft and his party sail for New York. King Oscar of Sweden Is at the point of death and is not expected to live through today. . ? French commander reports defeat of Moorish tribesmen. Japan decides to cut down naval and army expenses. Twenty-one Russians sentenced to death for participating in mutiny at Vladivostok. ¦j- ' *''¦ - ; V : EASTERN ' Victims in West Virginia mine disas ter now believed to number 600. dead. Many. bodies recovered. ¦ Blue laws to be enforced: in. New York . today. . All f theaters and | other places of amusement to be kept closed by police. ' ..V .' ' . ¦¦¦'¦¦" ••¦¦'" ,« Speaker Cannon of. the house of rep resentatives,; raps - Samuel, Gompers, head of the :¦ American ' .Federation of Labor. ' ¦ **-' • I Kentucky town ' terrorized by night riders who take possession of the place and burn tobacco warehouses. •'.¦• <.', Controversy between officers of army and navy ';¦ over fortifications In the Philippines tg may B seriously : delay • the work. ¦"•:' >v J '' I Tt>-' ; "--- ; '¦¦•¦'¦ '¦ ¦ Speaker at meeting of inland water way commission says United States is drifting toward a revolution on account of the selfish attitude of the corpora tions. Witness at trial of Caleb Powers re lates detail of conspiracy to murder Goebel. COAST Federal troops arrive at Goldfleld and go into camp. Clash between sol diers an:l miners likely to occur at any moment. California Deposit and Trust com pany of San Francisco declared Insolv ent., Millions loaned on unsecured notes. Trial of Harry Orchard for Steunen burg murder is called at Caldwell, Idaho, and .postponed. ' Autopsy discloses fact that Morris Bu< k. hanged for murder at San Quen tln. Kad pressure on tho brain. Cruiser Milwaukee, now lit San JHi'^o. having trouble with her boilers. Which ure said to be flef«pHv« SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 8, 1907. DEA TH CALLS KING OSCAR OF SWEDEN AGED MONARCH SUCCUMBS TO ILLNESS STRUGGLES IN VAIN AGAINST DISEASE Members of Family and Court Offi. cials Summoned to Bid Fare well to Beloved Ruler By Associated Press STOCKHOLM, Dec. B.— Kins Oscar of Sweden Is dead. The aged monarch, who was sorely stricken several days ago and who at that time turned over the reins of government to the crown prince, died at 3:13 o'clock this morning. It was known last night that the king could not recover, and although tho theaters and other places of amusement were opened as usual, the crowds, num bering thousands, patiently waiting in a pouring rain in front of the palace, tes tified their sympathy for the aged mon arch, whose life was slowly ebbing away. Within the palace members of the royal family, high ecclesiastics, the premier and the minister of foreign affairs, had been assembled for some hours in tho klng'3 study, to which room his majesty had been removed in bed at noon when still unconscious. This measure was taken to enable all the family and the officials to be present at the last moments without undue crowding. The physicians in attendance admin istered stimulants, consisting of saline solution, camphor and digitalis, which were injected at Intervals, and they re lieved also, as far as possible, the veslcal trouble, from which the king has suffered severely alf through the Illness. They, however, could accomplish very little more than the bringing back of their patient to momentaray consciousness. Every effort was made to reduce the pain to a minimum, and this apparently was successful. In the expectation that life would be prolonged until Sunday morning the ministers left the palace at 11 o'clock, tho various members of the royal family withdrawing for the time being from the slek room. King Oscar II was born In Stockholm January 21, 1829. He was a great grand son of Napoleon's famous general, Mar shal Bernadotte, who was the first king of the now independent kingdom of Nor way. Oscar II was trained in the navy and at the University of Upsala and ascended the throne In 1872, In succession to his brother, Charles XV, and was crowned May 11, 1873, at Stockholm and July 18 at Dronthelm. He was recognized as a talented sov ereign, speaking, It is said, at least ten languages with readiness, being well versed In military and naval history and general literature and winning laurels as critic, poet and novelist. Some of his more famous works are: "Some Contri butions to the Naval History of Sweden, 1711 to 1713," "Memories of the Swedish Fleet," and translations from the Ger man of Goethe'B Tasso and Herder's Cld. WOMAN TRIED TO MURDER LORD ASHTOWN, BELIEF Attempt to Assassinate Irish Noble man by Throwing Bomb Is Traced to Mamie Walsh and Her Son By Associated Press. DUBLIN, Dec. 7.— There was a sensa tional sequel yesterday to the attempted outrage last August upon Lord Ashtown, when a woman named Minnie Walsh and her son were charged with Inciting the attempted murder of his lordship and with conspiring to obtain money under false pretenses. An attempt was made on the night of August 13 last to wreck, by means of a bomb, the hunting lodge of Lord Ash town, near Clormel, when his lordship was asleep in the building. Lord Ash town is one landlord whose activity In the cattle grazing war has aroused the most bitter feeling and It was thought the outrage was the work of peasants. Counsel for the prosecution produced letters written to Lord Ashtown warning him that his life was In danger. This was two months before the explosion of the bomb. Believing the woman to be his friejid, Lord Ashtown gave her money. Later he discovered that three persons had received letters urging them to take part in a project to blow up Woodlawn church on Ashtown's estate in Galway, while he was attending divine services. Counsel added that he could prove these letters were In the handwriting of Mrs. Walsh's son. The hearing was adjourned for one week. FRENCH FLYING COLUMN DESTROYS MOORS' CAMP By Associated Press. PARIS, Dec. 7.— Gen. Gautry, com manding tho French flying column in Al geria, reported yesterday that he had de stroyed the camp of Narabout Bouthlck, one of the leadei-B of the revolt, and who proclaimed a holy war on the frontier. The Arabs were routed, but only two Frenchmen were wounded in fighting that lasted all day. Governor of Tennessee Takes Bride Cv Associated Press. NASHVILLE, Term., Dec. 7.— Governor Malcolm R. Patterson of Tennessee was married today to Miss Mamie Gardner of Union City, Term. Miss Gardner Is a sister of Rusael A. Gardner, a millionaire manufacturer of St. Louis. WHY NOT CONDUCT EXPLANATIONS Along the Lines of Your Business Methods? SAYS U.S. IS DRIFTING TO REVOLUTION RAILROADS GRAB ALL IN SIGHT AND PEOPLE REBEL Secretary of Inland Waterways Com mission Asserts Corporate Inter, ests Are Throttling Navigation and Robbing Country By Assocla-.eti Pnra. CHICAGO, Dec. 7.— That the rapid acquisition of America's riparian rights by the railroads and other private In terests Is Involving the country in a situation which threatens a revolution was the startling assertion made last night by W. J. McGee, secretary of the United States Inland waterways com mission. The speaker affirmed that this ac tivity of private interests Is throttling navigation and depriving the country of its greatest single source of wealth. Mr. McG'ee was addressing the annual dinner of the Geographic society of Chicago on "Tho Mississippi and Its Future," "The country is on the verge of a revolution of a grave character," Mr. McGee declared. "The absolute mono poly of our lands and our waterways by a certain few private individuals will certainly result If the people do not take steps to protect their riparian rights. The railroads are our menace. "From St. Paul to New Orleans there Is not a single town excepting Vlcks burg where the railroads do not own and control the river fronts and bridges. Is It a wonder that naviga tion declines when corporations act through legislatures and other sources In grabbing these sites?" Mr. McGee dealt in figures of fabu lous proportions, showing that the po tential water power In the rivers of the country, If developed through widening and deepening, would within a few years pay for the work. ORCHARD'S TRIAL FOR MURDER IS POSTPONED Miner Who Confessed to Killing For. mer Governor Steunenberg Ap pears in Court at Cald well, Idaho By Associated Press. BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 7.— Harry Orchard was taken to Caldwell today by two penitentiary guards, and the case in which he is charged with the murder of former Governor Frank Steunenberg was called In the district court, Judge Wood presiding. On motion of his attorney the case was continued for the term. and Orchard was returned to Boise. Sues His Partners By Associated Prcra. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7.-Declaring that his partners in business have en tered into a conspiracy to depreciate the value of the stock of the corporation un der which the business Is conducted, H. S. White brought suit this morning against Samuel T.owensteln* and Bernard Lcwenateln to force them to make an accounting of the finances of the H. S. White Machinery company and place It In the hands of a receiver. JUDGE SCORES JURY FOR ACQUITTING MACKOWEN By Associated Press. FORT DODGE, lowa, Dec. 7. — "If verdicts are to be returned in disre gard for the evidence, how In the world Is justice to be dealt out and the laws be enforced?" asked Judge Evans when the jury trying the case of George Mackowen, cTiarged with embezzlement of $10,000 from the Northwestern Felt Shoe company, acquitted the defendant today. v'Mf juries shirk their (responsibility how is society to be safeguarded?" continued the court bitterly rebuking the twelve men who declared the ac cused man not guilty. Mackowen was arrested In Los An geles four months ago and returned to Webster City, from which place he dis appeared on the burning of the Felt Shoe factory. He almost fainted with joy when the news of his acquittal was brought to him in his cell. MRS. TAFT, MOTHER OF SECRETARY OF WAR, DEAD Death Comes to Parent of Candidate for Presidency After Long Illness — Son Crossing Atlantic By Associated Presa. MILLBURN, Mass., Dec. B.— Mrs. Louisa M. Taft, mother of Secretary of War William H. Taft, died at 12:20 o'clock this morning. Mrs. was the widow of Alphonso Taft, secretary of war and attorney gen eral of the United States under President Grant, .%nd later minister to Austria and Russia. Mrs. Taft was attacked last July with acute indigestion and a gradual break down of her vigorous constitution soon followed. Mrs. Taft resided in the old homestead where ahe had lived as a girl and which Is now the home of her sister, Miss Delia Torrey. Mrs. Taft was born in Boston, September 11, 1827, the daughter of Samuel Davenport Torrey. Mrs. Taft Is survived by four children, of whom Sec retary Taft is the oldest. The other sons are Henry W. Taft of the New York law firm of Strong & Cadwallader; and Horace W. Taft, founder and head of the J'att School for Boys at Watertown, Conn. The daughter, Fannla L., is the wife of William A. Edwards of Los Angeles. Besides Miss Torrey, the only relative is her step-son, former Congressman Charles P. Taft, editor of the Cincinnati Times-Star. SECRETARY TAFT AND HIS PARTY SAIL FOR NEW YORK By Associated Press. CUX iAVEN, Dec. 7.— The steamer President Grant, with Secretary Taft and tho members of his party on board, left here at noon today for New York via Boulogne and Plymouth. Presidency or Nothing for Hughes By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Dec. 7.— State Senator A. H. Page, regarded as ' ono of Governor Hughes' personal friends, said today the governor would not accept a renomlna tion. He said that if the governor con tinued in public life after the end of next year it would be because the Republicans elected him president of the United States. oTvpi 1.1 /ViDi"l7<C • DAILY. 2c; SUNDAY. So BLUE LAWS, LID ON TIGHT IN NEW YORK ALL THEATERS AND GAMES SUPPRESSED Sunday in Gotham Will Be Devoid of All Public Entertainments — Police Ordered to Enforce Ordinance Strictly By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Dec. 7.— A "blue" Sunday is promised New iork tomorrow. A lit eral enforcement of an old but not se riously regarded statute under a new Interpretation will deprive New York's millions of any form of public entertain ment for twenty-four hours at least and perhaps for many other Sundays to come. Orders for a strict enforcement of Justice O'Gorman's recent decision in re gard to the closing of all places of amusement on the Sabbath were issued today by Police Commissioner Blngham. Commissioner Bingham's orders to eighteen inspectors call for a rigid en forcement of the law, and clamps the cover of strict suppression on all forms of amusement fiorn vaudeville to the Sunday evening entertainments of the Y. M. C. A. The commissioner informed the Inspectors that the Sunday closing law covers everything from the sym phony concerts at Carnegie hall to the 5-cent vaudeville shows and that any at tempt to evade the statute must be met with arrest. Theatrical managers and show men stated today that they propose to obey the mandate of the law, believing, they say, that Its strict enforcement will do more than anything else to effect its modification or repeal at the coming ses sion of the legislature. The only places in Greater New York where lights will shine and wheezy pianos beat out a de fiance to the police, will be in Brooklyn. The managers of five moving picture shows and a skating rink have secured temporary injunctions restraining tho police from Interfering with them tomor row, and Commissioner Blngham told the Brooklyn Inspector that the injunctions must be obeyed. Commissioner Bingham, In delivering his Instructions, said the closing order prohibited everything In the way of a performance or entertainment and that the rule extended to dancing academies and to dance halls. He said the music In hotels and res taurants was not to be disturbed. He Bald the law was to be enforced on the outskirts of the city, where it has been the custom' to play football and other outdoor games. The six-day bicycle race, which was scheduled to start at mid night tomorrow, will not commence un til' 1 o'clock, as the doors of Madison Square garden will not open until after midnight. Loses $2000 on Ferry By Associated Prits. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7.-Mlss Nina Peterson of 290 Page street reported to the police today the loss of a hand satchel containing about 12000 worth of jewelry and other valuables. She acol dentally left the satchel on the ferry steamer Bay City as she was crossing the bay from Oakland. Partridge Lectures at Stanford By Associated Press. STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Dec. 7.— John S. Partridge, fusion candidate for mayor of San Francisco in 1906, has been appointed special lecturer on California procedure her*. CENTS 25 BODIES, ALL MANGLED, RECOVERED HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES ARE DESTITUTE NONE OF ENTOMBED MEN ALIVE IS FEAR Rescuing Party Seeking to Penetrate Shafts Overcome by Deadly Black Damp and Some May Not Recover By Associated Pros*. MUNONGAH, W. Va., Dec. 7.— At 9 o'clock tonight a total of twenty-tivt bodies had been recovered from the mines of the •Fairmont Coal company. Score* of other victims were in sight of tbe i «.¦» cuers, and it was estimated that at least 100 dead will be brought to the tsurfuco before day:ight tomorrow. Late today and tonight the deadly black damp became more pronounced as the further recesses of the mines were ap proached. It was stated tonight by Gen eral Manager Leo L. Malone that 478 actual miners were checked off as enter- Ing the mines yesterday morning. This number, It was further staled, did not include fully 100 trappers, mule driv ers, pumpers and boys who are not un der the check system. Should these fig ures be correct the death list wll'. be over 50 persons. The condition of the bodies thus far recovered is horrible. Many are dismem bered, some are fearfully crushed, and the rest are blackened and burned beyond recognition. Rescuers Near Death A score or more of men of the rescuing parties are in a critical condition tonight from Inhaling black damp. Several of them are not expected to live. Up to late today many entertained high hopes that some of the entombed men would be taken from the mines alive. As the bodies recovered today, however, were brought to the surface horribly manglid all hope was dispelled. It is estimated that 2jO families are r'.c titute. In many places relief funds ha j already been started for the widows an.l orphans. The accident, the greatest in the history of American mining, has amazed the people. Tonight the streets of both thie town and Fairmont are crowded with people, while thousands line the hills in the vicin ity of the mines. Every barroom in Fair mont and Monongah is closed. Through out the territory over sixty mines have suspended operations temporarily, and about 6000 miners are visiting here and .'n Fairmont. With unabated energy five rescuing parties worked from c.very possible point to enter and explore the mines. Heartrending Scenes With the dawn of day there began a heartrending march up and down tho aisles along which these bodies have been laid, by ' sobbing wives and moth ers and sweethearts, orphaned children and strong men. each seeking a near rel ative or beloved friend. There are between 5000 and WOO inhab itants in the mining town of Monongah, and it is doubtful that if In this entire population there are a soore of persons who have not either a near relative or a< close friend numbered among the vic tims of the disaster. The people of the town are stunned by the catastrophe. They had long regarded these mines as practically Immune from the dangers so common to the coal min ing industry. The plant of the company was provided with every device for the protection' of life and the equipment was considerpd the most modern and complete outfit used In the production of bituminous coal. Last night hundreds of men stood about the entrance of the two mines. They said nothing, but when approached and asked a question they would give way to their emotions and often give way, to tears. During: the night few women were to be seen, but all day yesterday the women were the chief actors in most pathetic and heartrending scenes. They crowded the sides of the hills overlooking the ill fated mines and cried aloud. As the day advanced they became almost craied through grief and suspense. One woman pulled out her hair, hand fuls at a time; another tore all the skin from both of her cheeks with her finger nails. Some lay down on the fro zen ground and cried themselves to sleep. In this condition many were carried to their homes nearby without awaking. The rescuing parties penetrated mine No. G about 3500 feet before they came upon the first of the dead. A majority of the corpses will be found about a mllo farther back. It is hardly possible that all the bodies will be recovered for several days. Tho men were working In a territory one milo square. It will be days before a thorough search of all of this area can be made. As the searching parties advance they must clear away the debris. The explo sion wrecked over 600 mine cars, and these choke the entrance on all sides. Roof Not Wrecked A peculiar and remarkable feature ;s; s that notwithstanding the force of the ex plosion very little of the mine roof was wrecked. By those who witnessed it the explosion was likened to the discharge of a cannon. Every movable object shot with terrific force through the mine. At the entrance cf mine No. 8 a concrete powder houso was completely demolished. A piece of concrete weighing fully 1000 pounds was blown clear across the West Fork river, landing on the side of a hill. In a radius of a half mile not another piece of concrete can be found. Great holes were torn in the hill on either side of the entrance of No. 8 mine. Mine earn were erußhed as though made of paper and a huge steel tipple was blown apart. On all sides electric light wires wero thrown to the ground and many persona narrowly escaped death from these in tho rush for the mine following the explosion. The Fairmont and Clarksburg Traction company's cars passed within ten yards of the mine entrance and a large car c-owded with passengers narrowly es caped being blown Into the West Foik river. All the. passengers were stunueJ by the terrific concussion.