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Three Boys Rescued from Mine
Three Boys Rescued From Mine Three teenage boys, trapped in the abandoned Spring Hill mine shaft for more than four hours Thursday, were rescued through the efforts of a Helena police of ficer, Jack Williams, Sheriff Dave Middlemas, Deputy Shenlf Larry Lytic and two other volunteers at about 8:30 o'clock last night. The trio, Louis and George Taylor and John Mcintosh, ail about 15 years of age, suffered only superficial cuts and bruises on their hands and arms from the- the- sharp rocks while being pulled out of the shall. They were with a party of iiv boys and two giris, hiking and exploring in the area around the old mine shall, located about four miles south of Helena Ihc Pork City road. The other youths who stayed above ground were Robert Statler, Statler, Mickey Mcintosh and his younger sister, and the Taylor boy's sister, Susie. John Mcintosh and the Taylor brothers climbed about 75 feet down the main shaft and then used a rope to slide another 40 feet down to a ledge overlooking 50-foot 50-foot 50-foot Glory Hole. The swingine and twisting rope made it impossible to climb back up, so the boys sat on Ihe ledge and called to their com panions to get help. Mickey Mcintosh tied knots in Ihe rope in an attempt to aid the climbers m getting a grip the rope. When that didn't w he tossed down some firewood and sandwiches. Staller. going after help, countered Sam Stewart, Jim Adair and James Thompson, who were doing some target shooting in the area. They went back to the mine shalt to try and get the hoys out, but failed. Statler and Thompson then came into town and to seek aid. They went to the police station and Officer Jack Williams listed the aid of two trustees from Ihe city jail, borrowed a rope from the fire department, and went lo the mine. Middlemas and Lytle arrived a short time later, also bringing a rope, in a matter of minutes the boys were hoisted from the shaft.