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Olean Democrat, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1890, Olean, New York SIXTEEN PAGES. PAGES 1 TO 8. The Olean Democrat VOL. XI. OLEAN, CATTARAUGUS CO. NEW YORK, THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 1890. MOTHER MIKE HOBROR. THIRTY-ONE MINERS MEET A TER- RIBLE FATE. HORRIBLE WORK. OF FIRE DA3IP. The Explosion One of the Most Disas trous liver Recorded in the His- tory of the Coke Region. Tbe Accident Occured in the Hill Farm Mines at Dunbar, Pa. Fifty-Seven Miners Were at Work When the Fire Damp Exploded Fire Quickly Fol- lowed the Explosion and All Hops of Escape Was Shut Off by the Flames. Only Two Men Rescued, Who Had Died from the Force of the Explosion. Parents, Wives, Children and Sweet- hearts of the Entombed Victims Gather at the Mouth of the Mine, and a Strong Guard is Necessary to Pre- vent Them from Rushing Into the Deadly Efforts Being- Made to Rescue the Bodies. DTTNBAR, June miners were killed yesterday by an explosion of gas in the coal mines at Hill Farm, owned by the Dunbar Furnace company, and lo- cated one mile west of this place. The explosion occurred at o'clock in the The bodies of two of the unfor- were taken out. The others are still entombed in the mine, where a fierce fire is raging. Desperate efforts are in progress to clear the way to recover the bodies, but so far without avail. A rescu- ing party of 100 men, headed by Mine In- spector Keigley of this district, spent the afternoon in the pit, but up to a late hour last night had been able to rescue but two bodies. These two men had died from the force of the explosion and the bodies are badly burned. Their features are dis- torted and disfigured and could only be recognized by their clothes. Fifty-seven miners were at work about feet from, the mouth of the slope "when the explosion occurred. Near the point at which the heading started, an air hole had been drilled recently. Gas and water had accumulated in it. A miner named Patrick Kerwin penetrated this air bole, six inches in diameter, with his pick, whereupon a strong stream of water gushed out. Kerwin alarmed sounded the danger signal. His assistant, Patrick Hayes, started hurriedly for the main en- trance and had scarcely moved when the foul gas was ignited from his lamp. The explosion that followed was terrific. What little air there was in the place drifted to the heading to the right of the main entrance. The fire followed swiftly and before the thirty-one men could be alarmed all hope of escape was shut off by the flames. The twenty-six men employed in the left head were notified of the dan- ger in time to save their lives, although their escape was thrilling and was accom- panied by the wildest confusion. At a point near where the explosion oc curred the bodies of Daniel Sheiran, fire boss, and David Hayes were found. They had evidently attempted to escape through the flames. Following is a full list of the missing miners: JOSEPH BRIGNER. RICEAKD BRIGNEK. MILT FERNET, married. BARNEY Moss. PETEH EAGAN. aged 44 years. ROBERT McGuiLL. MARTIN CAVANER. JOHN COPE, married. ANDY COPE, son of John Cope. PAT DEVLTN. married. JOHN DE BANNET, married. JOHN JOY. JOHN DE BANNET, son of John De Ban- uey, sr. DAVID DAVIS, married. THOMAS DAVIS, son of David Davis. PAT CAHILL, married. WILLIAM CAHILL. single. PAT COCRTNET, married. JOHN COURTNEY, son of Pat Courtney. DAN SOUTH, married. JAMES SHEARN. DANNY SHEARN. DAVID HATES, married. WILLIAM HATES, son of David Hayes. JAMES MCCLEART, married. THOMAS MOCLEARY, married. ELMER DF.WEY. single. JOSEPH BKiLET, aged 30 years, leaves widow and two children. BARNEY MAUST. EMAXTEL MAUST, brother of Barney Maust. JACK MITCHELL, aged 40 years, married. Tbe explosion was one of the most dis- astrous and deadly in the history of tbe coke region. In the Leiswmng disaster in 1883 twenty- three men lost their lives. At Col. James M. Reed's works at this place two years earlier twenty-five men were killed at the Yotragstown works. A year later some fourteen lives were lost. This latest calamity has unnerved tbe community and inhabitants are wild with txciteroent. of people gathered at the mouth of the mines 1n the afternoon. escaped miners, m me nope ot nnaing their fathers or brothers. Their buffering was pitiable, and while the authori- ties of the company were exerting all their energies to recover the bodies, the total absence "t information regarding the fate of the missing men made their distress more severe, and moaus and rroans went up unconsciously from many of the pinched ii the unhappy crowd. These works furnish coke for the Dun- bar Furnace company, who own them. George Parish of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is president of the company. Samuel Dick- son and J. C. Bullitt of Philadelphia are among the heaviest stockholders. The officers of the furnace company have beei notified of the disaster, and the authorities here have been instructed to do evervthinc in their cower to relievo the distress of those who have suffered by the calamity. The Seottdale Rolling Mill company sent a force of men tcv'aid the rescuers, and to-day they Will "close down their works and send all The Olyphant Furnace people tele- graphed last night asking if assistance was needed. Their services will not be needed, as more men have already volunteered than car: find work. Coroner Holbrook who lives at Fair Chance, was notified last night. He is expected here to-day. The loss by the explosion cannot now be ascertained. It will be heavy, however, and the owners are fearful that the works will have to be abandoned. Night never fell on a gloomier scene than this. Men, women and children still stood about hoping hope and pain- fully silent. Just inside the manhole, holding in his hand a flickering lamp, stood Father-yMalody, with his prayer- "OU MAIIY" .NO MORE. THE QUIET NUPTIALS OF FAMOUS TRAGEDIENNE. THE The Ceremony Takes at a Small and Obscure Chapel Near Immense Crowd Try in Vain to Gain Admission to the Bridal Party Showered With LONDON'. June strenuous efforts of Miss Anderson and her friends and Mr. Navarro and his friends to ensure the complete privacy of the Auderson-Nav- arro nuptials were ccowned with success. The wedding party left Dr. Griffin's house together and arrived at the chapel of St. Mary's, Hampstead, at exactly if o'clock yesterday morn in sr. Long before the ar- rival of the party an immense crowd, in- cluding many persons in the higher walks of life, besieged the, church and vainly attempted by attacking the narrow en- trance to obtain admission by storm. The door, which was kept locked, was guarded by the sexton and two policemen, who must have possessed traits of incorrupti- bility far above the average to enable them to withstand the temptation to ac- cept the handsome sums that were offered by several in the crowd for a glimpse of the interior of the church during the cere- mony. As the party drove up the door was opened to admit them and kept open exactly five minutes, when it was arjain closed and the risid guard resumed. Nine persons, including the principals, entered the church in quick succession and as the last one crossed the threshhold the heavy SaCrameat I door was shut with a bang that mnsthnve the taxed the failing strength of its Among them parents, children and sweetheart.-! of the Tinfortun- and a strong guard of police was prevent marsy w-.th anc-mh, from roe} mad the d lookinc their AT-.-; -whi-f years aVnn. the blackened by the excited, earnest workmen, Tvho rushed hither and thither in their endeavor to get at the lost. Arms full of hay were carried in by the men to close off all possible escape of the fresh air. The news of the explosion spread rap- idly to all the works in the region. On all incoming trains visitors commenced to pour into Dunbar. Many mine bosses and superintendents were among them, and the little hotel was taxed to its utmost capacity. To the miners it was a question almost personal, as none of them knew when death may meet them in the same form. A fire damp explosion is a rarity in this region, and on that account, if for nothing else, the present disaster is all the more fearful. _________________ THE PURE FOOD BILL. A Comprehensive Report from the Com- mittee on Agriculture. WASHINGTON, June Paddock, from the committee, on agriculture and forestry, made a report to the senate yes- terday on the pure food bill. The report says that if the United States is to inter- pose to prevent, as the committee thinks it should, the damage to health and mor- als which these practices of dishonest dealers are working in every community, it seems desirable that the information already gained, and the experience ac- quired in the department agriculture should be utilized. As the enforcement of the law will depend very largely upon scientific investigation, it was felt by the committee that the connected with it should be from a strictly scientific de- partment. Another reason equally as strong presented itself as an argument for placing the execution of the law under the direction of the department of agricul- ture. By far the greater part of the arti- cles of food consumption which would be affected beneficially by the proposed legis- lation are the products of American agri- culture. Declining prices and restricted markets, the results of sophistication of foods after they have passed from his hands, with- drawal of the confidence of the consumer, which is affecting alike the reputation of the producer and the have combined to arouse the American farmer to the necessity of suph national legislation as will supplement imperfect and conse- quently ineffective legislation of the states. It is estimated by a leading trade journal of the United States, says the re- port, that 2 per cent, -if the entire food product of the country is sophisticated. Taking the estimate of four and a half billions of dollars as the total value of the food supply consumed in the United States annually, there is upon this basis of estimation a year of fraudu- lent food products foisted upon consum- ers. Dr. Abbott of the Massachusetts Board of Health, asserts that in that state as the result of the stringent food and drug inspection laws tkere has been a saving of 5 per cent. to the people in the the increased purity of food products. If the same results of deterrent legislation could prevail throughout the country the annual saving to the consumer through pure food would reach the stupendous sum of a quarter of a billion dollars. But there is another standpoint hardly less vital from which the importance of the subject presents1 itself. That is from the side of the food proceeds whose pro- ducts are sophisticated and mubranded, and whose market for a pure food product is restricted because of tke pawn on for fraud which discredits the purity of the products subject to adulteration. In con- clusion the report says: "The bill reported by your committee is believed to be at once conservative and comprehensive. It is drawn in their judg- ment alike in the interests of the honest manufacturer and the general consuming public. It will render unnecessary the en- actment of lanes directed againrt interests or u> supplement trade By passage adulteration wpbirtication in and drugs, it is believed, -will be reduced to the minimum, commercial integrity bulwarked by the detection asd pttnij-hment of dealers and millions of annually now abstracted frdm if it frame. Miss Anderson was charmingly dressed in white satin, with orange blossoms and the other conventional insignia of the bride and her stepsister, Miss Blanche Griffin, who acted as bridesmaid, was atJired in white with an enormous feather in her hat. Alfonso Navarro was the groomsman and Joseph Anderson gave away the bride. Canon Purcelle, the parish priest, who officiated, was attended by eight acolytes. The altar was literally covered with lilies and the chancel pro- fusely decorated with palms and ferns. Gunoud's nuptial mass was rendered with an organ accompaniment only, and a dozen orphan boys in velvet with white sashes bestrewed the aisle with flowers as the bride and groom left the altar. As the wedding party left the church the bride and groom were cheered by the crowd outside and deluged with rice, which was thrown from the windows of the houses near the church. After the wedding breakfast at the residence of Dr. Griffin. Mr. and Mr.s. Xavarro took their departure for tbe continent. The diminutive Hampstad chapel where the ceremony was performed, is for most reasons, the most unlikely place in Lon- don to be selected as the scene of a nota- ble marriage. It is very difficult of access, its only approach being a narrow and dingy back street running up a steep hill. The chapel itself has an extremely dismal and forlorn appearance. Its front and roof are flush with those of the adjoining houses, and the building might be passed a hundred times without being noticed. It will seat about 150 persons. Although the crowd were thwarted in their attempts to witness the ceremony, they did not depart -without at least a small degree of compensation for their disappointment. After the departure of the wedding party the church was simply mobbed. and in a few minutes completely denuded of its floral decorations, which were carried off as mementoes of the oc- casion. Xot only were the flowers taken, but not a vestige of the large plants and palms which adorned the chancel was left. The only articles of especial value in the church are several rare paintings which engaged the attention of the crowd until they were driven out by the sexton. Miss Anderson was a frequent worshipper at the little church and has donated a large sum of money for the purpose of refitting and decorating it. The probability of a police strike in- creases and i he authorities at Scotland Yard, fearing the worst, are quietly or- ganizing a reserve force. Hundreds of re- cruits have already been sworn in and are receiving a degree of instruction in the duties of a policeman that will enable them to make creditable showicg in the event of a general revolt of the old men against the government's treatment of their demands. The ceiling of a school room at Gollub, Prussia, fell yesterday, killing five chil- dren and injuring a large number of others, many of them seriously. In the Honne of LONDON. June the house of com- mons last night Mr. W. H. Smith stated that the government would move next Monday for an earlier daily assembling of parliament, the curtailment of debates on the queen's speech and the suspension of such complicated measures as tbe land purchase bill until next session. Mr. Gladstone gave notice of bis intention to offer a resolution that grave in parliamentary practice that contem- plated in Mr. simith's proposed motion ought not to occur. An Ajfrermrnt in Rrgmrd to BKRI.IN. .luue "-pedal of the ReichTariirer the details of agree- ment betwf-f-n Gfrrriany and England in retrard to Afri i. 'i'-rmany land and Vim J'. and EngJan.l cedes Heligoland l-> DRUMKLNNESS AND FIGHTING. Disgustful; Suixlur in n New Town. i i .r.. IS.- A bold at- in Klihti i lur c-r this cin Srn v. go.i wu1! jus: ouK lor a few The police were e of t did ;i e of ir., ou the city brisk busj- the of ,-l'Mt in I M.irH't to ;i CM- siilc ity t They -em of I to t! co'ii ;i-. was out- lo do so. I'inelynd police, and jiist before nightfall they swooped down upon Ulark. When they got there fhe gnnt: who had been patronizing the saloon on wheels was rum-soaked and boisteroup, several fights were in progress. Clark succeeded in petting away, and the police attempted to take the wagon. Amid r. shower of bottles and flasks, the police the wagon to Vineland. A bot- tler named Butcher claimed the wagon and contents PS his property, but did not SUCCP.-J I m setting them. Clark is said to be hidinjr in this city, adopted, olVert'd an de- ji-, to be i'sued, .Mr. r-'-; amendment tors 1'lair, and ator.s -d nt r Kustis by aOiinjr ;V> r ilicatos alrt-.-idy sdifie 1 it was agreed yeas, and Mr. Tel claring -il a was (ipposfi. i Kvarts and m ended by and Daniel. Jr modi of "and ai. sjlv and a- M) I'l. 34: Mr. I'm mo moved to insert an additional section pro-, iding theowuersof bullion de- posited lor coinage shall have the option to receive coin, and such Luilioa shall bt subsequently coined. Agreed to without division. The bill was theu reported to the senate, and all the amendments agreed to in the committee of the whole we-re agreed to in the senate yeas. 40: nays, Mr. Chandler moved to insert the fol- lowing amendment: pold or silver bullion shall re- reived by the treasury department under this net, except such as shall be shown to be the product of mines within the United States." Mr. Teller moved to lay the amendment on the table. Agreed to yeas, 42; nays, 25. The bill as amended was then yeas, 42: nays, 25, as follows: Yea.s-JIes.-rs. Bate, Berry, Blodgett, Butler, Call, Cameron, Cockrell, Coke, Colquitt, Dan- iel, Eustis, George, Gorman, Harris, Hearst, IngalJs, Jones Jones (Xev.j, Kcmia, Alanderson, Mitchell, Moody. Morgan. Pad- dock, Pasco, Payne, Pierce, Plumb, Power, Pugh, Ransom. Reasran, Sanders. Squires, Stewart, Teller, Turtle, Vaiv-p, Vest, Voor- hees, Total 42. Messrs. Alclricli, Allen. Allison, Blair, Casey, Chandler, Cullora, Da-.ves, Edmunds, Evarts, Frye, Gray, Hale, Hawley, Hiscock, Hoar, McPherson, Morrill, Platt. Sawyer, Sherman, Spooner, Stockbridge. V.'ilson of 2o. The Wyoming bill was taken up and made the unfinished business, and at the senate adjourned. IN THE HOUSE. WASHIXGTOX, June house went Into committee of the whole. Mr. Burrows of Michigan in the chair, on the sundry civil appropriation bill. The committee after adopting an amend- ment appropriating an electric light plant at Water-diet ar.-enal, New York, arose and reported the bill to the house. The amendment adopted in. com- mittee of the whole, making a specific in lieu of an indefinite appropriation for the payment of back pay. was rejected, and Mr. Dockery of Missouri moved to recom- liit the bill with instructions to the com- mittee on appropriations to report it back with a clause making specific appropria- tions for back pay and bounties. Re- 86; nays, 100. The bill was passed. The house then went into committee of the whole, Mr. Allen of Michigan in the :hair, on the Indian appropriation bill. Mr. Perkins of Kansas, in charge of the measure, stated that it appropriated about He spoke in favor of a liberal expenditure for the education of the In- dian youth. The bill was read by sections, a point of order by llr. Cannon of Illinois the appropriation of to re- fund the Cherokee Indians the expense of their removal to the Indian Territory was stricken out. Pending further action the rose, some unimportant measures were passed and the house adjourned. THE SEARCH FOR THE VICTIMS. Desperate r.Ietliotls Being Employed Beach the Entombed TVIiners. PITTSBURG. June A special to The Times from Dunbar, Pa., says: Mine In- spectors Blick of the Pitts-burg district, and Evans of Johnstown, arrived (5urly yesterdoy morning. They went direct to the scene of the horror, where they were joined by Inspector Keighley of this dis- trict. The three, accompanied by several mine fire bosses and a number of experienced miners from vari- ous parts of the region, went into the Mahoning mines with a view to cutting through to the scene of the explosion" Every man was carefully examined by the official inspectors before they to join the party. No one who had touched intoxicants the night before was allowed to enter the mine. Xo married rnea were accepted, and all went prepared to meet even death. It is a desperate case and desperate methods are being employed to at the entombed miners in the qtm-krst way. The tak-ut and skill oft be entire re- gion is now directing the efforts rescue and together are managing tuthe minutest detail the work of penetrating the burn- ing pit from the nearest point in the Ma- honing and arranging to drive the fire from its seat by a huge fan now being e-rec ted at the mouth of the Ferguson works. The men in the Mahoning works were at 10 o'clock last night about seventy-fire feet from what is considered the shortest way into the ill-fated mine. The inspec- tors have no hope of finding unfortu- nates alive The -.ictims wj'il be reached certaiaJj not later than noon to-day. A feeling of horror possesses the people here, and is now centered .it the mouth of the Mahoning Thf tives and frieiias of the rr d during ;he