Reposted from Hellraisers Journal by JayRaye
Think of the thousands who are killed every year and there is no redress for it.
We will fight until the mines are made secure and human life valued more than props.
Thursday March 4, 1915
Fayette County, West Virginia - Rescue Efforts Continue at Layland Mine as Hope Fades
Today's Fayette Tribune
reports on the continuing rescue work at the Layland which was, according to mine inspectors, the safest mine in the New River District. Be that as it may, at least 170 men are entombed in the mine after a fierce explosion ripped through the mine. That explosion was felt up to ten miles away. The Tribune
estimates that the death toll will be worse than that of the Eccles Mine Disaster
and second only to the Monongah Disaster
The Fayette Tribune further reports:
The force of the explosion at the mouth of the mine was something terrific. The heavy masonry about the mine entrance was blown out and the fall of earth over the mouth of the mine half closed it. A stone motor barn 50 yards from the mine had all the window sash blown out. Half a dozen houses near by had all the windows broken and one house occupied by a family named Bryan had a portion of the roof lifted off and household goods overturned and broken. Nobody was hurt in the houses or anybody outside the mine except the colored porter. The wires and connections of the fan was stopped for about half an hour. Until the fan was started dense black smoke poured out of the mine for several minutes. Ashes and soot settled over everything.
So unexpected was the explosion that everybody stood dumb about the mine for several minutes. Supt. Clapperton and a number of his Minden men were the first from the outside to go to the rescue. They reached Layland on a special train within an hour and a half.
While the death toll of these terrible mine disasters is horrific, Hellraisers
would like to take a moment to remember also the miners who die each day alone or in groups under five which is the smallest number to be counted as a "mine disaster" by Bureau of Mines. Almost every issue of the United Mine Workers Journal
contains reports like the one below from December 10th of 1914:
Slate Fall Kills Four Men
Accident at Speedwell Catches Miners on Way
to Leave Work.
Terre Haute, Ind., Dec. 4.
Three men were killed and a fourth probably was fatally injured as the result of a slate fall at the Speedwell mine near West Terre Haute about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
EMORY BENJAMIN, 315 North Eighth street, Terre Haute.
JOHN BONES, West Terre Haute.
JAKE DREICHT, West Terre Haute.
The injured man is John Miller, who lives in Terre Haute. His legs were broken and his right hand was crushed.
The accident occurred shortly after work under the ground had been stopped. The men were leaving their various working places and were walking to the bottom of the mine to catch the cage and come to the top....
Injured Man Dies.
Terre Haute, Dec. 5.
John Miller, who was injured by a fall of slate at Speedwell mine, died last night of his injuries. Mr. Miller was injured internally.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the miners and their families everywhere who face danger underground each day and have, with so much courage, established the mightiest union that the nation has ever known, the United Mine Workers of America.