Crossroads School Explosion

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TEACHER AND SEVEN S KILLED NEAR ENCEVILLE ILL Old Can of Nitroglycerine Explodes When Boys Play With It and/Rractically Destroys Country School House ;\Can Believed to Have Been Buried in CreeVrxby Oil Drilling Party; Girl Pupils Eating Lurnxji at Time and None Seriously Hurt./ SEWER AND LIGHT QUESTION ENGAGE COUNCIL'S TIME CITY SOLONS HOLD LATE SESSION' DEVOTED TO HAltD PKOHLEMS. MfinlK'i-s Indulge in Sarcasm At of "Uliie Coats And Old l-itfl-.t Is Again % Hi-neweil. The city council held a long session last night, adjournment not being had until 11 o'clock. The sewer problem was the principal subject of discussion, while the location and change.; of lights was considered at grea: length. The quest ion of a sewer to cover the eastern section of the town, and it| a continuation .of the sewer runninr, i from the Swii't ami Faulkner plants, is still an unsolved problem. Deferred to CommHer. | After much discussion the matte • was referred to a committee whir!' l»was instructed to meet with lib | board of local improvement this af: '< ernoon. I The question of an outlet for the ; sewer was one of the big problem*'considered by the council, and thi; iwill be taken up and reported on at a j later meeting. South Town Sewer, j Smee river, some times called the •South town sewer, the big ditch, etc was brought Into the discussion, at"' a citizen of the south part of ih. city declared that if relief was not provided the city would be sued. Various phases of the question were brought out in the discussion, which lasted some time. Mori* Light on The Subject. Kecent change:! in location of city «•»*""*"''' "' ""-*"'*"' •" ! U?h,s »' th* smith part of the dtv ^" n ' ,ho » nh l"' lt " f animated dis- , ( " s . su '"\ , , „ \ IIVNASSOI'I \TKI» I'RKHH LAWIUCNCEV1LLK, Feb. 8.-A verdict of accidetiKwas returned today by a coroners jury i\yesligating the death of eight persons Killed at the Crossroads school two lilies west of here I yesterday. Another boy is expected to die. Einmett Bunyan, 'M, the 'Veacher and seven hoy pupils were killed when one of the boys pulled the cap off a can of nitroglycerin. The can was fyund in a creek near the .-chool house* Lawrence county authorities found other cans emptied but with sufficient nitroglycerin agglutinated to the inner side to cause explosions of great intensity. Search is being made for other cans to prevent a p.risible repetition of yesterday'.- explosion. LAW UENCEVI LLE, 111., Feb, S.­ Emmet Bunyan, a teacher in the Crossroads schoolhouse, two and one- half miles west of here, and six oi' his pupils were killed today when a can of nitroglycerin exploded. The can had been found buried near the school oy one of the boy pupils. At the noon reces-, when some of the children were released to go to their homes, one of the boys found an >ld can. partly buried in the banks of x ireek near the schoolhouse. He tossed it to another boy in the other •>ank and crossed over to examine it, in prying off the lid the can exploded and both boys were killed. The wall of the schoolhouse was blown in and Bunyau and six children were hurled through the opening. They had been in the schoolyard near the build- ng. All of those killed were boys ranging In age from 12 to 16 years. The girl pupils were in another part of the building, eating their lunch, and were uot seriously injured. There are several oil wells in the neighborhood, and it is thought the can was one used to blow oil wells. It is possible a well-drilling contractor leaving the vicinity hesitated to carry the explosive in bis outfit and burled it In the creek bed. a

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  1. Mt. Vernon Register-News,
  2. 08 Feb 1921, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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