Jesse Crum Mammoth Mine Explosion
apparently sober." Theory of the Ex-Tit Boss. Jacob Peffer I was pit boss of the .Mammoth .Mammoth mine for four years, until December last. It would take four bonrs to properly examine the dip workings. I think the explosion was caused by a man carrying an open lamp into an old working. Jesse Crum, night pumper: "At o0 on the morning of the explosion Smith told me There'- going to be trouble; sheS heavy in the butts.'" Witness lost a son by the explosion, and did not think Snaith's statement ot sufficient sufficient importance for him to warn his boy or the mine officials. Michael Casey said tho gas must have come suddenly or it might have been accumulating in someplace where the fire boss did not see it. James Blick. Mine Inspector for the Seventh district, a next called upon to give his opinion, opinion, lie described the condition ot the mine, cut said it was not nearly as badly wrecked as might have been expected from the number of 'persons killed. "The roofs had fallen in 2o. 1, 2 and 3 flat entries. entries. The explosion occurred between ;Sos. 2 and 3. Thirty-six hours after the explosion I found some gas in the dip, but that must have accumulated since the explosion.