Hearing into young Patrick's death at the colliery

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Hearing into young Patrick's death at the colliery - the the as - BLAMES THE PARENTS Coroner's Jury...
the the as - BLAMES THE PARENTS Coroner's Jury Renders Searchlight Verdict Last ight Magistrates and Company Scored. 9 YEAR OLD BOY AT WORK Testimony coming from the lather and mother of Patrick Kearney, the boy who was crushed to death at the Greenwood colliery, before the coron er's jury last evening to the effect that their son was but several months over nine years old, created a mild sen - Ki - tlon among the jurors, witnesses and the audience in general. The father and mother both admit ted that they had perjured themselves to secure the statement from Justice of the Peace James J. Powell, of Tay lor, The parents are in needy cir cumstances and testimony of the father was to the effect that he was forced to put his boy to work at such a ten der age in order that he might help earn bread for the re. - t of the family. The verdict returned contains food for thought an l Is as follows: "We, the undersigned ::oron t's jury, summoned to inquire Into the manner and circumstances of the death of Patrick Kearney, find, after carefully viewing the place of the aecld - .mt, that the boy' fell into the chute and v. - n drawn into the rolls. We further brieve, that mid rolls were not properly protected protected at the entr.n.:j of the chut - ipg leading to the cntrRU'. - e of flu rolls. "We recommend that the change be made by the D. & JT. Coal Co., to prevent further accidents "f a similar nature. We cannot condemn condemn too emphatically, tie practice practice of some parent and of some guardians of minor children in making false statomuus to the justices of peace or to other persons persons administering oaths as to the use of such minor children and we plso emphatically denounce the j ractice of some maistr itc - i in issuing issuing certificates, certifying that such minor children are over the ages, specified in the child labor law, when it must be apparent to such magistrates that said children children are of such tender ages as to be within the protection of that law. "And we cannot too forcefully denounce the practice of some coal companies in exacting from the parents and guardians of minor children a release from all damages, damages, which may either be caused by accident or death to such minor children, even in the case of negligence by such companies, operating pubiic works, such releases releases being obtained under the guise of aid certificates. Signed, Patrick Higgins, David Stanford, George Morgan, M. J. O'Neill, John J. Connors and Thos. J. Philbin." Young Kearney was employed at the Greenwood colliery since Sept. 18. Several Several days previous to this, his father appeared before Justice of Peace Powell, Powell, of Taylor, and on his oath that his son was fourteen years old, was given a certificate as required under the child labor law. Kearney worked as a slate picker and on Nov. 7, in some manner, was drawn in the rolls and crushed to death. The jury held a session Wednesday Wednesday and on motion of Mine Inspector Inspector Williams, adjourned to visit the scene of the tragedy yesterday. The certificate Issued by the mag istrate and which was condemned by the jury is of the Iron clad kind, releasing releasing the company, for which the employe might work from all damages is case he may be injured or killed. The Kearney family is not in the best of circumstances and although the jury found that the boy's death was due to the rolls not being properly protected, the certificate, prevents the parents from recovering any damages whatever. Attorney John R. Jones, who represents represents the state bureau of mining was present at the inquest and when seen by a Republican representative afterwards, afterwards, stated that it was one of the worst cases of the violation of the law that had come to his notice. He will comrnunicate with Chief Roderick at Harrlsburg and then will decide what course to pursue.

Clipped from The Scranton Republican30 Nov 1907, SatPage 7

The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania)30 Nov 1907, SatPage 7
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