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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.

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