Mount Pleasant, PA Mammouth Mine Disasters, Jan 1891

Master Workman PETER WISE addressed the following letter to the miners and cokers of the region to-night:
SCOTTDALE, Penn. Jan. 27, 1891
To the Members of the Knights of Labor and Workingmen of the Coke Region
The sad news of the disastrous explosion at Mammoth Mines has just reached me, and I fear many families have been left destitute. I therefore appeal to you to promptly render what aid you can to assist the families of your brethren who have been killed. The Master Workman and committees at each works will kindly take the matter in hand and act as a relief committee. Let the committee select a “check member” and each miner run as many wagons as he can under the circumstances contribute, and arrangements will be made with the companies to pay the amount, and thus prompt aid can be given. Drawers can adopt the same plan and day men can contribute from their day's work and have the same donated in the office. This aid will be separate and apart from any public contributions, and will be forwarded to district officers, who will apply it to the relief of those for whom it is contributed.

The New York Times New York 1891-01-28



A Gas Explosion Causes Fearful Destruction of Life.

PITTSBURG, Jan. 27.-- A special from Mount Pleasant, Pa., says: A gas explosion in mammoth shaft of the H. C. FRICK coke company's shaft about ten miles from this place occurred about 9 o'clock this morning. Between fifty and eighty men were in the mine at the time of the explosion. Eighteen bodies have been taken out and it is estimated that about fifty of the men were killed.

PITTSBURG, Jan. 27.-- 2:30 p. m. -- A special from Mount Pleasant says: It is very difficult as yet to get the details of the explosion, although the accident occurred at 9 o'clock this morning.
The mines are on the Zwickley branch of the Southwest branch railroad and are about half way between Latrobe and this place. There seems to be something the matter with the wires of both the telephone and telegraph companies, as even the FRICK employes are almost entirely without definite information. At the time of the accident there were between fifty and eighty men at work in the shaft, which is not a very deep one. There was a sudden explosion of gas at the point where the men were at work and from present indications it look as though most of them were killed. At 2:30 o'clock word was received that eighteen bodies had been taken from the mine. The machinery which runs the fan was not damaged and plenty of fresh air has been forced into the mine to sustain the living and allow rescuing parties to enter in safety and bring out the bodies. The mine was badly wrecked in places, and it is not possible to get an accurate idea of the number of living or injured who may be buried or imprisoned. There is no no[sic] fire in the mine, resulting from the explosion, so there should be definite news in a short time. It is said that most of the killed are either English speaking or German miners. The shaft is about 100 feet deep and has a number of galleries. Supt. KEIGHLEY, who was the inspector in charge at the Dunbar mine after its accident, has charge of these works. He has organized relief parties and is busily engaged in trying to penetrate the entries.

PITTSBURG, Jan. 27. -- [Bulletin] – A bulletin from Mt. Pleasant, Pa., says that from 140 to 160 were killed in the mine explosion today. Fifty-nine bodies have been recovered.

MAMMOTH, Pa., Jan., 27. -- [Bulletin] – One hundred and ten men were killed in the explosion. Sixty bodies have been taken out so far.
Later – the mine is on fire and it is feared that the bodies of the others will be cremated.

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