Hedges, CA Cave In At Mine, Dec 1896

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MINE DISASTER AT HEDGES.

FOUR MEN REPORTED KILLED AND FROM THREE TO TWENTY INJURED BY EXPLOSION OR CAVE-IN.

Yuma, Ariz., Dec. 10. -- Rumors of a terrible disaster in the mines of the Golden Cross Mining and Milling Company at Hedges, fifteen miles from here in San Diego County, California, have reached this town, and physicians have been summoned to attend the injured.
Reports are conflicting and nothing very definite can be learned, but the most conservative reports place the number of dead at four and the injured at from three to twenty. It is said that four miners are entombed in the bottom of the Queen, the principal mine of the group, and there is no hope for their escape.
Two or three men came in from the mines at a late hour tonight, but seven their reports conflict and the true state of affairs will not be known beffore tomorrow. It seems certain, however, that a deplorable disaster has occurred and the only thing that remains in doubt is its extent.
Several frame buildings standing close to the Queen mine are known to have burned, which would seen to indicate an explosion, but that is merely a theory, and as it has been known for some time that the mine was in a dangerous condition and liable to cave at any moment it is more than likely that the accident occurred by too large a body of ore being taken away from some untimbered portion of the shaft.

San Francisco Call California 1896-12-11