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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta IN FACE OF FIRE AND POSSIBLE EXPLOSION ON Lethbridge Rescue Team Distinguished Itself by Taking Lives in Hands and Going Down ;into Mine to Fight Incipient Fires-Of Such Stuff Are Real Heroes Made (By Herald Staff Correspondent) Hillcrest, Tune 21 any blare of trumpets, or even a last look at then loved ones, many a man faced almost certain death at the mine here on Friday night and Saturday morning. The storj ot what happened on that eventful night has just leaked out heie, and the Lethbridge rescue parly seems to be outstanding among the many who took their lives in their hands during the long houis ol the night. Honored by King Many Messages of Condolence and Sympathy Duke and Duchess of'Connaught Wire Bulyea, Brock and David Warnock -At Friday night, all the res- cue gangs nerc quickl) recalled, ow- ing to the encounter of one party with fire Ihu, caused great conster- nation among the men for fire in a mine is considered extremely dangcr- o l in a mine m the con- dition in which the Hillcrest is to- (rases were leaking from out the creuces in the rocks, and an explo- sion might occui at any instant. Fur- thermore, the rescue men were der of the air courses [he infor- niation that the mme vas on fire, brought the mme officials to the mouth of the mine m a hurry, for the) leared the worst Ihe Hosmcr rescue pal Iv, led Mr Shaw, were sent dpwn to investigate the condi- tions before.any-more.rescue parties were allowed to go down Ihc pick of the men were taken though their names be learned. >ire which seriousl) threatened to cause .another disaster, was encoun- tered. -Immediately-a call for more men i nd was sent to the sur- face It i o clotA m the morning another call for. volunteers was sent up It was a desrorate moment. The eld-mine dogs passed round the word ib IS. -wo calls frr to them that the hre w as raging fierteh and that Shaw ind his men. weie a hard .time .controlling- it; It was real mm that were wanted IHs lime Not so much the tft-work iMth or am ofWTrbutsiSe bin men with nerve If the lirei ._. counteien gas an explosion was all- H'llcicsf, k ilutih certain The men knew it, copy Of the telegram sent to Jqhu.T. Tlie mine, ulhcials knew it They al- Stirling, chief mine inspeclor, by the no Knew that the mine might. Ire Governor-General, 'conveying an ex- ta.ed i! 'more men would go down. pression of sympathy Jrofii the Duke let, tliej wire taking that Song j and Duchess of.uCgjinau'ght, handed to BQRDEN IS KNIGHTED Canada's Prem er Honored by the E Foster Knighted KITCHENER AN EARL J. A M Aikins Only Western- er a Knight Bachelor Honored by King Hon. Sir GEO. E. FOSTER Rt. Hon. Sir R L B G.C.M.G. oh n ce in a thousand laking their li-is- in their hands. the..Lethbriitgc men did not hc.llale. and It IB then parade to soldier faces the mouth ol. a smok- ing cannon, that attracted so much comment among' the'-' mine officials. One fit the most. prominent men in connection, with mining in Alberta, Ba.d "Without -casting any asper- sions on any. of the other men who to bravely went below when the calls came, I want lo say that the Leth- hridge hoys' looked magnificent, as thej married to 4hc' mouth of the mine. They were more certain of death than the first who wont down, lor ttiey merely went to investigate. But never a murmur. They came to the rescue of the men below and to 1he mine owners, and chanced their lives like an .ordinary man 'would shove-a poker-chip into the middle of the table. Tlicir composure was .worthy-- of -every- man's admiratioa." The (ire was in number one slope, and had .to be reach'ed from below off from, number two. This was aecom- (Continued on. Page the Herald today.: "f am commanded by Their Roynl Highnesses, the Governor-General and n_..........._ _ r____ the Duchess of 'Cohnaugnt, to express front "ready to face death, like ajihrir deepest sympathy in the. ter- 'riblc calamity at 'Hillcrcst. Kindly make known to the public in a suit- able manner, and also express' Mrs. Bulvea's and my .own regret. Signed, 0. 11.''V. BULYEA, Lieulemuil-Governor of Alherla. DEPUTY JIINTST12K OF MINES Tlic following was received from the Depuly -Minister of Mines Accept sympathy in face ol appall- ing ilisiistcr.; H can do anything, let me know. (Sgd.) n. W. DHOCK. HILLCHBST'S'' FEDERAL MEMBER Dr. David Warnock, M. of whose ronstituency'Hillcrest forms a part, wired as follows pttan-a, June 20, 10H. Alex. Morrison, Coleman, Alberta, Londoli June ihc birthday honors announced today, in- clude a number ot prominent Cana- dians on the list. The chief is .'the Premier, Right Hon. Robert-'Laird Uorden, P. U. who becomes -Right Hon. Sir Ron- cit laud UorSen C I- M G., thus nvchmt, the same rink in the order of SI "Michael and M is licld Right lion su icr PC C M llireo othir Canadians attained en- trance into 01 St. Michael imt dec CHURCHES JOINED IN PERFORMING THE LAST SAD RITESOVER DEAD Pitiful Scenes Enacted at Grave and Snow Added to the Force of Disaster Seemed to Strike On'y Ceremonies Performed (By Herald Staff Correspondent) Hillcri'sl. June before since Ihe very formation of the Hookies linve such scenes been enacted in their shadows us those which transpired today in this stricken village. Truly the little hamlet was the centre of a "vale of tears." If the. grief was great on Friday, following the terrible explosion, it was intensified a thousand fold today, when 150 victims of the Hilt- crest disaster were laid to rest side by side in a single grave over 200 feet long. The grim reaper stalked abroad on Friday and gathered in his arms miners, but the 1.500 or 2000 par- ents, brothers, sisters, sweethearts and children, did not icdlne his presence. So appalling was Ihc catastrophe that the multi- tude remaining was dazed. But today it is another and sadder story. Those who peiiMi- eel were taken -from their loved ones forever, and their loved ones were loathe to part with their dead. The realization of what had befallen them descended on them bitterly arid The I grief was general and .overwhelming. Every one of the 3000 or 0000 people in tlic town today let their sympathies pour forth, iMid their hearts bleed, With their friends. Alt were diicctly or indirectly affected by the .horrible-tragedy, and they gase way to their feelings according lo the degree in winch they weie i -itVeeted. Nearly every woman in Ihe group had lost a husband, ison, brother or'swccthearti and with them went their support. Hon.. 'George Fulas Foster to iuiM Fester ic. c. M, Establish Negligence of the Company THEORIES ADVANCED Please express my deep sympathy purpose for sufferers Hillcrest'disaster. (Horald. SWff Corespondent) Hillcrest, Alta., June At the In- queat held on Saturday, 162 bqdtea 'were inspected and .paaaed for burial. The identification of tuoBe at prenent unknown will await the bringing oC the last man from the mine. .Many of Hie unknown are so badly maug'ied lhat recosnition is impossible, and the officials are tne last arrival from the slopes, so that the numbers may be cheeked over and the un- known identified. 11, Ostlund, solicitor for tho U. M. W. of A., was in the village, confers ing with the union officials on Satur- day and Sunday. It is hinted that tile union will endeavor to establish neg- ligence on the part of the company, at the Investigation, 'which tak'es place on July 7, 30 the relatives of sue at com- mon law. The best counsel in the province is being retained for. this those who perished fc mil I Ion l-hJrles 1 Bouch- er 'de Buucherville, Senator, former Premier ol Quebec, and one of .the oldest legislators in the British Em- jme Khc becomes bir Charles de Boucherville, K. C. M. and Wal- ter E. Davidson, Governor oi New- foundland; who becomes Sir Davidson. K. C. M. G: In the list of Knight Bachelors there are found several Canadian imes Douglas Mawson, tlie explorer J. A. M. Aikins, K. C., M. P., of Win- nipeg Hon.'Adam Beck, of London, Ont., minister without portfolio in the Ontario cabinet; Dr. Thomas George Roddirk, the. celebrated sur- geon of Montreal, and Chief Justice W. W. Sullivan, of Prince Edward Island. will be near title of Sir. The minor honors include the be- stowal oi the dignity of Commander of- Ihe Order of St. Michael and St. George upon Mr. William Kirkpat- rick McNauglit, Toronto, and oi zens, of Toronto. in the Imperial Service Order ate conferred upon William Himsworth, deputy minister of Inland Revenue Henry Turner Machln, assistant treasurer of the province of Quebec, and Francis Cy- rus Berleau. Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, His Majesty's agent and consul-general in ing. (Sgdl) WARNOCK. Herald Hillcrest Relief Fund Hillcrest today is a town of widows and ..orphans. At one blow two hundred bread winners were stricken low. '.Where- be- fore- there was peace and plenty, there now obtnins sorrow and need, arid in some cases actual want. The Herald sent a member of its staff to Hillcrest yesterday to investigate personally. He brings back the information '.that relief is needed in the stricken community. Practically three- fourths of the miners whose lives were snuffed- out- by Friday morning's disaster were heads of families or the supporters of or other relatives. During the winter the men have not been working full time, and though there has been enough, there has been none to spare, and with no wages coining in, cruel want soon be Muring the sufferers in Die face.' JTiiis wiii; be (rue especially until 'the compensation amounts are paid over, which vill take-some tiriie to adjust. The Herald liclicvcs that the good people in Southern Al- berta will rise the occasion. Though they- never bring back the fathers and brothers who have been called so suddenly HWay, .they can do something to relieve Ihc actual need which now. confronts the widows and mothers. Subscriptions to a fund for Ihis purpose will be received and acknowledged by, the Herald; and trjiiuimitlcd lo those in charge of relief ni the strick- en cjtritp: The Herald Priiilinfi Co., Lid........, iflo.OO A, Buolimian 10.00 No new theories, with the excep- tion of one expressed by the. pit boss in one or the other mines, have been made public. This man thinks that three explosions occurred, and that the first was caused by gunpowder used in blasting, the charge of gas exploding by concussion rather than ignition. He states that tlie second charge WIG sent off by the first explo. sion, and so on. One of tlie sur- vivors stated that he heard three clis tinct explosions, but were so close together that he could not dis tlnguish any detail. Hen Sli ADAM BECK OF RELIEF I1LCRESI Until the Compensation is Paid Over- Sufferers May Face T VERY PATHETIC INCIDENTS (By Herald Staff aftermath LATEST DISASTER FIGURES Rescued Dead Bodies recovered Bodies identified Unknown Total buried 41 196 185 162 23 150 fnw Bt II In mine Seventeen bodies Saturday, dUrmgAhe night, and three on Sunday morning The JBJfteVSiL aSVsson as possible, but the1 wbrlTis imoeded by the great lin- ger from fires in-the mine; O One out. of every five was bereft of a breadwinner, and between soitow anil fear they gave-way. was the deepest grief and despair. Extreme fortitude had been endent on every hand previous to the re- moval of the bodies, but when the final separation the anguish and weeping came too. One hundred aiid sixty-two bodies were ready lo be placed in the cas- kets this morning: The coroner's jurj spent a grievous day yesterrtai, ex- amining the remains passing on them for burial. Caskets had arrived from along the Pats and- undertakers had been all daj aiid-nijjlil. In the morning bodies were, placed in the coffins and carried out to the -common, where _____________they were labelled and placed side, by was now up to them to he men, ami side irr rows. .Shortly-before noon, a thev all promised to .he good to and Bloomy, dlsma, and miserable to stand bv their mothers. Two little storm descended on lads, one eight and the other nine, both of whose fathers had been taken of the great disaster has already .de- were heard to say: "Well, ing greatly to the distress and dls comfort of the sorrowers. But in spits of all the sotrow, til the grief scended upon the town, .and though Billy, I gues Heard to say: s we will have to work (and all the distni. the comrades ol ex-M P P for North were given their compensation. Aite ,ne of the chief citi- that tuey will, for the greater par Egypt, is made an Earl. Sir Herbert Cozeim-Hardy, Sir Edward Vincent, Major John Field- en I3r6cklehnrsl, and Sir Lycll are raised to Barons. Among the Baronets is Albert H. Stanley, manager of .the London Un- derground, railways, who is English born, but was raised in the United States.- Mr.- Stanley came to London from Detroit and assumed his British For a number of years ho uai connected the Detroit Un- ited Railways and the public service the' villagers havu hardly recovered from, tlic first suock or the calamity, their worldly condition bids them bow to a full realization of what has happened to them. Tlie sullcring in mind and soul -has been terrific, and now that it has somewhat subsided the physical suffering will begin to be felt. There is no actual destitu- tion so far, but one of the Union officials slated that it would prob- ably he evident before tlie survivors After be..well cared for. What they need at the present time is money to buy food to carry them over the next few weeks. Volumes could be written on the pathetic little incidents occurring ev- ery minute of the time. Many women have lost not only husbands, hut brothers and fathers as well. Some have babes newly, born, and two have children horn since the disaster on Friday. Hev. and Mrs. Muncaster, of Hlairmore, have been ministering, to tlie needy every day since the and no doubt them are many others whose names are not given out who are doing their utmost to relieve th? agonies of grief and sorrow-that exist in every home. Jlr. Milncasler stated to the Herald on for a living from now and the other lad replied, "You net we will." BECK OR AIKINS MAY BE HIGH COMMISSIONER Otlawa, Ont, .Tune Either Hon. Sir Adam Beck or .7. A. M. Aikins is likely to be appointed Canada's High Com- miasioner to London, succeed- ing the late Lord Strathciina, The conferring of King's lion-" ors on these two lends color to the rumor which has been cur- rent for some time. those who so quickly passed Ihe bor- der were untiring, and worked with grim. faces and raut hearts until all t the bodies had cared for. During the morning the survnors wandered among the caskets, search- ing for their relatives' remains. The most touching an4 tender episodes took place until the last casket had been removed. The ratlins were placed tn their box- es and loaded into wagons, which conveyed them to the graveyard, newly made, over a winding mountain v j trail.-The mourners stood with now- ed.and silent heads as the boxes were removed. Women with babes in then i alone in tlie world since Fri- day, wept bitterly as their husbands' I (Continued on Page Boy's Body Blown to Pieces Tragedy seems to be running ramp- ant in Southern Alberta. On Satur- day r.tternoon, Jufit after the Herald hail gone to press, the dead body of John Woolf, aged sixteen, son of George Woo'if, a prosperous home- steader near Foremost, on the Leth- bridge-Weyburn Hue, was found by bis I fourteen-year-old cousin, lying In a Sunday, that he had visited 25 homes dmw of of the three mlles within a few hours which had been f f homestead. A don- left with fatherless children and wi- j He found the most extreme j >ble-barrelled breech-loading shotgun was found lying at the lad's feet, and WIU.5S -i the public service rail-1 fortitude, and every ono o. New Jersey. I the Hoys to realize that ,t hneflE( was off., Ulster Counties May Vote Selves Out of Home Rule County Option Feature of an Amending Bill to be Introduced; into the House of Lords London, Junn wooK will liavs introduced in Hoiii you' e of Lords on behalf oE the government a. bill that will give every county in Ulaler the option to vote itself out. of Home Rule until two general 'elec- tions Imve'imBKod in this country, So spoke Rt. Hon. David Lloyd George, at Denmark hill, In South London, on Saturday. The Times today says the assum- ption is that the government, which is fully a'vvarn.of thfi inadequacy of Its offer, intends to yield to pres- sure from the House of 'LordB than frame an acceptable sotienie It- self. U hopes thus to save with Ttedmond, who has plainly; pfe-. thj, so far from nut, n w is wliluh the.bulk of the Liberal, party regard its desirable. While Lloyd George will -declare that thifi. week's .bill in the House of I words would embody the Prime Min- ister's standing offer of'county option to Ulster; Sir Edward Caraon, in Lan- cashire, that, if It did he uld describe it. as an 'hypocritical hi? party 'would prevent its liecoihlns law. In the-near future, therefore, says the' Dally' Clironicle, tho government will be confronted with the alterna- tive of widening county option or Iikting' it'bo vetoed by the House guvorumont's rliht will ho to let it be vetoed. The fact, is, continues the Chronicle, that scarcely anybody in Ireland wants exclusion. The Car- soitites never wanted it, except as a cry through which they could defeat Homo Hule, Kver-slneo it was dbfjln- Ufe'iy offered them in conjunction 'with tho certainty of Home Hiilo for the OH Thursday the lad disappeared from the homestead. He left to go, to go to a neighbor's, a' man named Ryan. reports that the boy reached his farm on- the same day, uiul that when lie 'left, he borrowed a, shotgun and one shell, all that Ryan father immediately went to the spot, but he could not identify tlie. body. Ho journeyed to r brotherV, place, and ing to 'Coroner Humphries. On Thursday night, the parents, be- came anxious 'when the son did not iuu .jeiuM.iio- u.. num iu, .i.u ,pat in an appearance, and a search of rest of li-claud, their one care hasbcah jlue neighborhood luade. No to find excuses for hot accenting- it. For "these we ahall shed no tears w.hen the House of Lords tumble the noRsihllities ,of exclusion to .the j ceased, while out hunting for cattle, ground. The country will then take note that exclusion has been fairly offered, and Its due to Ihoae who pretend to want it. finding the father searching described the boy's clothing to tha mother, 'who at once recognized tbt description and exclaimed that body must be that of her son. The mother went with Andrew Woolf and his wire to the scene, and identified it by the clothing as that of her'sou John. Tlie body was In a shocking condition, almost totally decomposed; through the action of the hot sua for two days. Word of the tragedy was received at three o'clock from Dr. Duncan of Fore- most, and Coroner A. E.'-Humphries and Sergeant Wade of the M P immediately embarked In aii automo- bile for Stirling.. Before they reached the. junction town, however, a driving had, statiug that he was going out to rain had made the 'roads almost Jm- shoot badgers. The gun was an old-1 passable, and the party 'was compel- fashioned arm, 10-boro and breech- to take .team and rig to where the loading, ami a portion oC it was tied body lay. together with ii wire, accord- All tho circumstances pointed to ac culent, and an inquest .was not con- sidered necessary. The Woolfa are Ruasian people ot, very good standing in their commun- ity, and no cniiae could be named as to how tho boy could havo met timely end. Tile funeral will bo held at Foremost, This is the second fatal accident w suiting from shotguns In the hai.ds ot boys in the few days, the other, occurring in Kftymond, where Miswt, i the vlotltt. (race was found of the urday afternoon, when until Sfit- cousin, a son of Andrew Woolf, u'riflQi of the found n dead body lying the coulee. He could not recognize tbe remains as those of -his cousin, bill, reported tvbat he had found, to' ;