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NORFOLK , NEBRASKA , FRIDAY , JULY II. 1002.
Miners Meet Awful Death at
Johnstown , Pa. *
EXPLOSION IN CAMBRIA SHAFT
Tearful Story of the Disaster is Told
by Some Who Escape ,
FIFTY-THREE BODIES ARE FOUND
VU Least One Hundred and Twenty-
five Men Believed to Have Per-
I Ished Afterdamp Stays the Work
Johnstown , Pa. , July 11. Two hun
dred miners , entombed by an oxplo-
eton In a mine whose main shaft opens
. within the limits of this city , was
news to check with terror the pedes
trians on the streets hero yesterday.
At first the rumor said that all In the
"Rolling Mill" mine of the Cambria
Steel company were dead or In dan
ger. But later reports showed that
Iho lower figure was correct and that
400 were safe. The mlno Is one or
the largest In the'country , and yester-
'day GOO men were at work there.
It was nearly an hour after the ex
plosion before any general knowledge
of what had happened got abroad.
Men who came from the mines , es
caping with their lives , told the terri
ble news and soon it spread like wild
flro all over the city.
, Hundreds Rush to the Scene.
In scores of homes there was the
most pathetic scenes. Mothers , wives ,
daughters , sons and relatives were
frantic with grief and hundreds
rushed to the scene. At the opening
across the river from the point -the
Cambria Iron company's police , with
several assistants , stood guard , per
mitting no one to enter the mine , from
which noxious gases wore com'lng. It
was nearly 4 o'clock when all hope
of sending rescue parties from the
iWestmont opening was abandoned.
Driven Back by Firedamp.
Two men who had escaped from the
mine , Richard Bennett and John Mey
ers , went back two miles to see what
. assistance could be rendered , but the
frightful firedamp drove them back
and they fell prostrate when they
finally , after a desperate struggle ,
reached the outside. Two doctors
gave them assistance and after work
Ing with them half an hour restored
them. Their story of the situation In
i the mine made It clear that the rescue
"work could not proceed from the
.Westmont opening , and then hasty
preparations were made to begin
that sad mission at the Mill Creek en
Soon after the news of the explo
slon reached the Cambria officials ,
Mining Engineer Moore and one of his
assistants , A. G. Presser , made an at
tempt to enter the mine. They were
followed by Mlno Superintendent Rob
inson , but the deadly gases stopped
their progress nnd * they were com
pelled to return to the surface.
Mine Foreman Rodgers , his assist
ant , William Blanch , and Fire Bosses
ffohn Whitney , John Retallick and
'John ' Thomas were overcome by the
gases and It Is feared they perished
In an heroic effort to rescue the min
ers. A son of Harry Rodgers then
tried to reach his father , but he was
quickly overcome by the deadly gases
and waa carried out unconscious.
William Stiblch spent several hours
nt the Mill creek opening. Ho said
lie believed as many as 450 men were
In the mine. In his opinion , from all
he could glean , not more than
150 men had come out
Explosion Was One of Firedamp.
The mining officials of the Cambria
company stated the explosion was ono
of firedamp. The few survivors who
have escaped from the depths of the
mine describe the conditions to be
frightful In their nature. Outside of
the "Klondike" the miners are safe
nnd uninjured. Within the fatal limits
of the mine tha effects of the explo
sion beggar description. Solid walls
thirty feet through were torn down as
If they were barriers of paper. Thereof
roof was torn down and not a door
remains standing. The -most heroic
efforts toward rescue seem boneless.
.The stories of the men who escaped
First to Emerge From Mine. > - *
Tom Foster , foreman of the Klon
dike , was the first to emerge from
the mine. Shortly after Powell Grif
fith , a flro boss , came up. Foster was
In his office when the explosion came.
His first thought was for the safety
of the men under his charge. With
the help of Foreman Rodgers an ef
fort was made to replace a few of the
shattered doors. All the while the
firedamp was closing around them.
Through galleries into headings , warn
ing and helping , the two men went.
Rodgers fell , but Foster staggered on ,
.whither he hardly know. In the midst
of the danger ho met Powell Griffith.
Ho had faced what seemed certain
death In an effort to save hlo men.
[ Forward they went , dragging a com
rade into a possible place of safety
here , giving a word of warning there ,
until human endurance could stand
the strain no longer. Exhausted they
staggered Into a heading where th ?
firedamp had not reached. They
rgsted there for a moment , an-1
plunged forward , whore , they did not
know , until llnally they wandercj
into ft water level nnd through It
reached a place of safety. Said Tom
Foster : "How I escaped I do not
know. It seems like a'torrible night-
mare. Hundreds of times I gave up
hope , but from sheer instinct I 8tum
bled forward until finally I reached a
place of safety. "
Disaster an Unusual One.
President Powell Stackhouso gave
out the following statement :
"Tho disaster is an unusual one ,
and oamb on us entirely unexpected.
The mine had been inspected only
throe days ago and was pronounced
in satisfactory condition. In the thlr
ty years that the mine has been in
operation there has been no accident.
The cause is yet indefinite , but I bo
llevo it was caused by gas escaping
from the fifth heading , which was
closed and was not being worked , be
cause It contained gas , into the sixth
heading. The number of casualties Is
now placed at 125. No list of the
names of the dead miners can bo
given , for the majority of them wcro
foreigners and wore known only by
check and not by name. The only
way their names will ever be known ,
if the bodies are not recovered In
tlmo for Identification , will bo by
their families sending their names to
us. " v
Stories of Survivors.
John Whitney , who was beyond the
dip when the explosion took placiv
said : ' "I was at the heading , a La'f
mile from the explosion. Several
dozen were overcome by the damp or
gas and I had all I could do to escape.
It was terrible. After the explosion
wo went back to rescue the less for
tunate and nearly lost our own lives.
We got one man and saved his life.1
William Malcolm was In the upper
part of the mlno when the explosion
came. Ho said : "Tho first I knew of
the trouble was when the men came
running out of what Is known as the
dip , or lower section. They came run
ning without hats , coats and some
without clothes and In a terrible state
of excitement. As near as I can re
member , not more than ten came that
way and they escaped , leaving at least
200 In the dip. "
Four Taken Out Alive.
At 11:20 : the first four victims wera
brought to the ourface from the Klon
dike section. They were William
Robinson , who was unconscious when
found ; John Retalllo , alive and In
pretty good shape , and two unknown
Slavs , both alive and unconscious
Dr. John Lehman of this city , who
came up with the men , said he passed
twenty-fivo dead bodies , some of
them In sitting postures.
The armory of company H will bi
turned into a charnel house/ After a
conference it was announced that the
dead miners would be brought to the
armory today. Planks have been laid
on chairs In the armory aud the re
moval of bodies will begin this morn
Ing. The ambulances of all the undertakers -
takers In the city are at Mill creels
ready to begin the transfer of bodies.
/ Fifty-three Bodies Recovered.
Early this morning General Ma
nger Moore of the mines , who , with
Superintendent Robinson , had pent
trated to a considerable distance in
the Klondike , had reached a 'tele
phone station and notified the men at
the main entry that he had recovered
fifty-three bodies up to that time and
had only been In the right rooms.
As near as can be learned less than
twelve Americans were killed , the
rest were Hungarians and Slavn.
Harry Rodgers , the foreman of the
mine , is undoubtedly dead.
FLOOD WATERS ARE SUBSIDING.
Salt Creek at Lincoln Begins Falling
Worst Is Over.
Lincoln , July 11. The water In
the Salt creek bottoms began to fall
yesterday and has practically disap
peared from the manufacturing and
wholesale district. 'The damage waa
quite general , mostly to the offices of
the Inundated buildings. Some of the
families driven before the flood re
turned to their homes , but the majoi-
ity of them are still housed in tha
Park school building and in the
court house. Trains are again run
ning , but behind time.
In consequence of serious washouts
on the Rock Island railroad near Fair-
bury , Nob. , the Rock Island's passen
ger trains were run over the Burlington -
ton road between Denver and Lincoln.
This arrangement will continue In
effect until repairs are completed on
the Rock Island road.
Des Molnes Levee Gives Way.
Des Molnes , July 11. The Ninth
street Raccoon river levee gave way
last evening and inundated a large
wholesale and manufacturing dis
trict , washing out switches and doing
damage to the amount of $30,000. The
total damage In this city from the
flood Is estimated at $225,000 , with
many valuable properties in the
flooded district in danger of loss. The
Des Molnes river Is receding slowly
and the Raccoon is about stationary ,
Beatrice Suffers Heavy Loss.
Beatrice , Neb. , July 11. Yesterady
morning's flro was the most disas
trous In the history of the city. The
Kleln Mercantile company's building
and the Green block are total losses.
The loss will exceed $175,000.
Teacher I am surprised thnt you are
not further advanced. You in extreme
ly backward for yotn iw
Little Girl > ' < ' * > ' Momma won *
to marry ngiiln
Freight Handlers Agree to Sub
BUSINESS MEN TAKE A HAND
Strikers Refuse to Abide by First Un <
derstandlng Between President Cur.
ran and the Railroads Hope for
Sympathetic Strike of Teamsters.
Chicago , July 11. Business..fc u of
the city took an active part tli at
tempting to settle the strike of the
freight handlers yesterday. An agree
ment was secured from the Freight
Handlers' union that the organization
would abide by the decision of the
Chicago board of arbitration If that
organization could arrange meetings
with the general managers of the rail
roads and secure their consent alao to
At midnight the request for arbitra
tion had been submitted to the rail'
roads. There are grave doubts that
the proposition will bo received by
the railroads. General Manager Hltt
of the Rock Island and General Man
ager Barrett of the Alton said they
did not see what there was to arbi
trate. The general manager of an
other large western road said that ,
while ho did not care to bo quoted
personally , ho was confident that no
proposition for arbitration would bo
entertained by his road.
Hope for Sympathetic Strike.
Strikers are basing their hopes of
success on a sympathetic strike of.
the teamsters. It Is generally con
ceded that the freight handlers have
but a small chanpe to win , unless they
have the support of the teamsters'
union. If they secure this , and the
members of that organization walk
out } there Is every probability of se
rious trouble before the matter is set
tled. The officers of the teamsters'
union profess to bo opposed to any
strike , but they say that the desire to
strike is strong among the teamsters ,
The officers are fearful that they w/ll /
not be able to hold the men In line.
It wan thought Wednesday night
that the strike was over , but the meetIngs -
Ings of the freight handlers yester
day developed an almost unanimous
desire to continue the fight , with or
without the aid of other organiza
A member of the Chicago board of
arbitration said that ho had assur
ances that the railroads today would
submit a proposition that will be sat
isfactory to the men. The roads will
not arbitrate , but will post In their
freight houses a statement of what
they are willing to grant , and the
prediction Is made that the men will
find It satisfactory.
Fruit and Vegetables Advance.
Prices of fruit and vegetables have
already risen materially as a result
of the strike and unless It shall be
settled within a few days , the chances
are that prices will be Increased enor
mously. When a number of the
teamsters of the commission men on
South Water street , whs handle the
bulk of the city's vegetable and fruit
trade , refused to work yesterday ,
several commission men held a
meeting to consider the advisability
of going out of business until the
strike is over. It IB stated that the
loss to the commission men la not
less than $50,000.
UNION PACIFIC STRIKE.
Company Issues Formal Notice It In
tends to Resume Work In Shops.
Omaha , July 11. An effort by the
Union Pacific to induce all its etu
ployes on a strike to return to work ,
making possible the resumption of all
the shops on the system , an alleged
plan for a settlement of the strike ,
the failure of the car builders to
adopt the proposed agreement with
the company and the shipment by
the Union Pacific of ten men from
Omaha to western shops , are the de
velopments in strike affairs.
This notice was posted in the Oma
ha shops and sent to other Union
Pacific employes over the system :
"Resumption of work having been
decided upon , employes of the differ
ent shops desirous of continuing In
the service of the company should re
port to the office at once. All such
employes not reporting for work at
this time will bo treated as new men
in the future , "
Strike leaders say none of the old
men will report for work.
Women Pickets Arrested.
Pueblo , Colo. , July 11. Tfarae dozen
strikers have been arrested by dep
uties for acting as pickets in front
of boycotted restaurants. About a
fourth of the number are women. Tha
charge against thorn is disturbance.
The arrests have followed the trag
edy of a few days ago , when a son
of the proprietor of a restaurant shot
and killed a picket and wounded a po
Messages Through Water.
New York , July 11. A telegram
from Cherbourg states that Rear Ad
miral Fournlcr was present at experi
ments In wireless telegraphy used on
the submarine boat Trltlne. Mes
sages were received without any iMSu
culty when under water It Js undei-
stood to be the IntPnUn. to Install ap
paratus o'n all French f = ibamines. .
Major Byers Badly loured. J.
DPS Molnos , July 11Y Jor S. II.1
M. Uyora , a woll-known author , who
wa appointed by Oonoiul Grant con *
Bill at Berne , Switzerland , and nerved
foi twelve years , wna thrown from
horse yesterday , miBtnlnlng a frac
tured lug , dislocated slunihlor auJ
eovoro ocalp wounds.
MATE KILLS FATHER AND DON
Shoots Down Two Mexicans In Self-
Defense on Steamer Dubuque.
Clinton , Ia , July 11. Daniel Ureouo ,
ma to on the Diamond Jo nlciunor Lu- )
buquo , Hliot and killed Chris Loon.
Idas , aged sixty , and son , aged twcn-
ty-llvo , two Mexicans , on board tha
boat , between this city and Daven
port yostonlay. The men became In
volved In a quarrel with the nmto
over the removal of BOIIIO bagijnKO
and drew their plBtols and knives , nc
the same tlmo threatening to kill tha
mate. Before cither llrod a Bhot
Brccno killed the elder Leonldas , then
fired two shots Into the body of the
son , whoso corpfio foil across that of
his father The boat returned to Dav
enport and Hreono gave himself up.
An Inquest was hold and the mate
was exonerated on the ground that ho
shot In Bolf-dcfciiBc. A number ot
passengers witnessed the flhootlng ,
which caused a panic on board.
MAY DYNAMITE COURT HOUSE ,
Friends of St. Joseph Prisoners
Threaten to Demolish Structure.
St. Joseph , July 11. A largo quan
tity of dynumlto waa stolen from ona
of the rock quarries near the city
and the olllcoru wore told that the
court hon 1,0 , which ntande within a
few feet of the jail , whore the terrlflo
explosion took place Wednesday , Is
to bo blown to atoms.
Friends of Luck Allen and Jim
Blades , who caused the explosion anil
wreck of the two buildings , made tin
throats. They are known to bo des
perate and the police do not know
the extent of their power.
The court house Is almost deserted
and a strong guard stands about tha
building. Every man not personally
known to the olHcors Is searched and
then allowed to enter.
Political Feud Results In Killing.
Mexico , Mo. , July 11. Rhodes Clay ,
a member of the state IcgMaturo
and pi eminent In the Democratic
politics of Missouri , was shot and
killed in this city last night by Clar
ence Barnes , a prominent young attor
ney. Barnes Was shot by Clay , but
not seriously Injuicd. It was the cul
mination of political ( llfilcultlC3 which
the men had alred ln the no\ papers
and caused them to engage hi a fist
fight tyo weeks ago. They met on
the street yesterday , when the dlscua-
slon was renewed and both drew their
revolvers and began shooting. Clay
was nominated for re-election at a recent
London , July 11. The coronation
Imzuar , which Is probably the biggest
affair of Its kind over held , and an
organization which waa chiefly duo
to the energy of Mrs. Cornelius
Adalr , Mrs. Joseph II. Choate , wife of
the United States ambassador , and
other prominent Americans , was
opened by Queen Alexandra yesterday
afternoon. The bazaar was held In
the botanical gardens , Regent park.
It was held for aid of the hospital for
sick children. Over 5,000 tickets , at a
guinea each , were sold In advance.
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Brownfleld Is Bound Over.
Eldorado , Kan. , July 11. Dr. J. C.
Brownfleld , who created a sensation
at the recent trial of Jessie Morrison
by testifying that he had heard Mrs.
Castle call Miss Morrison from the
street on the day of the fatal fight be
tween the two women , and who was
arrested charged with perjury , has
been bound over to the district court ,
In default of $2,000 ball ho was sent to
Canadian Woman Killed.
London , July 11. Shortly after
Queen Alexandra passed on her way
to open the coronation bazaar the
decorations across Langham place ,
heavy and sodden with rain , wore
caught in a squall of wind and fell ,
dragging down a mass of coping from
the top of AH Soul's church. Miss
Strcathy , a Canadian , was killed and
several persons were injured.
TELEGRAMS TERSELY TOLD.
The marine engineers' strike at
Portland , Ore. , has been settled , both
Bides making concessions.
The new army uniform probably
will bo colored "olive drab , " consid
ered the least visible of all colors In
It IB Bald on good authority that ,
subject to the approval of King Ed
ward's physicians , the coronation
will occur on Aug. 9.
Frank Harris , while on a train near
Doe Run , Mo. , was shot and killed
by Bill Dooley , and a largo posse Is
looking for the murderer. ,
Fire totally destroyed the building
and stock of the Interstate Glass com
pany at Kansas City Thursday , en
tailing a loss of $50,000 , fully Insured ,
M. E. L. Banner , millionaire lum
berman and merchant , fell from his
automobile at Mlssoula , Mont. , Thurs
day , expiring Immediately. He Is
said to have been stricken with hcait
An invasion of the United States
will bo attempted by the army and
navy to find weak points In defense.
The navy will first oppose a picked
licet. The army and militia will then
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