Cherry, IL Coal Mine Disaster, Nov 1909
Then came the rescue of the survivors. One man asked only to see his wife and children, he did not want food, he said, another begged for a glass of beer, while a third scorned food but remarked, "Lord, how I wish I had a cigarette."
Doctors declared that the minds of many of them had evidently been temporarily unbalanced by the horrors they have faced. Rescuers reported that when they dug through the barricade to the second level and the 21 men came scrambling and fighting each other to get through the passage, the rescued men laughed hysterically and made jokes about their long siege underground while waiting for the cage to take them up. First twenty-one men taken out alive:
GEORGE SEMICH, JOHN SEMICH, FRANK WHITE, JOSEPH PIGATTI, GLACOMA PIGATTI, WM. McCLELLAND, WALTER WAITE, FRANK WAITE, GEORGE H. EDDY, WM. HYNES, FRANCISCO ZINIRINI, QUARTAROLI ABOLANARA, THOS. RICHARDS, JOHN TIMKO, ANDREW TIMKO, FREDERIKO LORENZI, WILLIAM MORTMER, JOHN BROWN, BOMFILIO RUGERIO, JOSEPH CRESCINI, WILLIAM HEINZE.
Meanwhile another report flashed through the village.
"There are 150 more men alive down there," shouted a rescuer as he stepped from the cage after a trip below. Instantly all the earlier excitement was renewed and all the earlier scenes were re-enacted.