Madrid, NM Coal Mine Explosion, Dec 1932
14 BODIES TAKEN FROM MINE.
ALL VICTIMS OF MADRID BLAST ACCOUNTED FOR AFTER DAY OF ANXIETY.
WIVES OF THE DEAD,WHO WAITED WITH HOPE AND FEAR IN THEIR HEARTS NEAR MOUTH OF COLLIERY, FOLLOW BODIES, SORROWFULLY TO MORGUE; STATE MINE INSPECTOR BEGINS INVESTIGATION AND WILL BE JOINED BY FEDERAL OFFICIALS.
Madrid, N.M., Dec. 7. -- The bodies of 13 men killed in an explosion in the Morgan Jones mine about 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, were brought to the surface at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening. The fourteenth victim had been removed soon after the explosion. All of the 53 men in the mine had been accounted for. Six men were injured, none seriously.
Several hundred persons were grouped around the entrance of th mine when the bodies were brought out by the rescue crews. Camp fires were burning on the hillsides to furnish warmth to the watchers, presenting a grim picture.
As the stretcher bears each with his miner's lantern on his cap, loaded the bodies heavily covered with blankets onto waiting open trucks, watchers waiting on the hillsides followed the procession about a mile into Madrid.
The bodies were taken to the hospital of the Albuquerque and Cerrillos company, where again several hundred persons, including many of the wives, children and relatives of the dead miners, were waiting.
A few hours after the first report of the explosion, a check up revealed that 14 men were missing and their names were determined by others who were in the mine at the time of the explosion, but who escaped alive.
But until the bodies were removed, relatives had not entirely given up hope. They did not rush to the tucks on which the bodies were placed, bt stoically they followed the funeral cortege of the five rough trucks to the company hospital, converted into a morgue for the occasion.
BONY GABALDON, 37.
AUGUSTINE PADILLA, 38.
ANGEL ORTIZ, 34.
GUADALUPE MORALES, 23.
PABLO ESCARINO, 32.
JULIEN YNOSTRAZA, 34.
MANUEL CABERA, 24.
TELESFOR MACIAS, 30.
DAMACIO PEREZ, 44.
JULIEN GARCIA, 45.
JUAN ACOSTA, 40.
FRANCISCO TOREJO, 25.
BATZAR OAXACA, 40.
EUSEBLO RAMOS, 21.
At the hospital the bodies were laid out in rows and each miner's identification tag placed upon him. Then widows and children ranging from youths attending high school in Cerrillos or Santa Fe to little tots who had been kept in the Madrid grade school all day as teachers tried to soften news of the tragedy, received the final fateful news as some relative turned back the dirty blanket and verified the identification tag placed upon it.
Six men were brought in from the mine in the forenoon suffering from shock and suffocation from the smoke and dust. They were treated at the hospital by Dr. A. R. Causer and returned to their home.
These men were:
PETE SAMIRIPA, his son.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined by Warren Bracewell, state mine inspector, who rushed to the mine from Albuquerque, entered it shortly before noon and assisted Superintendent Oscar Huber in the rescue work.
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