Wide-spread interest in Collins' story
Interest In Collins Case Reaches Foreign Countries Cave City, Feb. 17. (Associated Press) Perhaps never in modern times has any one man sprung from the seclusion of a common life into national attention and held the front pages of all newspapers for two weeks as did Floyd Collins through the accident that pinioned him In the depths of Sand Cave. Through some psychological appeal to human nature, probably the commonly abhorred situation of being buried alive, the entombment of Collins drew the attention of virtually every citizen of the United States and even aroused interest in many other countries. Had the boulder crushed him to death instead of pinioning one foot, his fate probably would have been recited in a line or two in a few local newspapers, but asjsoon as it bee?rre apparent that his rescue would bo difficult. If at all possible. newspaper correspondents flocked to Cave City by the dozens. There were upward of 150 correspondents and photographers at the Cave by the time the excavator finally reached Collins, only to find him dead. During the 16 days that almost superhuman efforts were exerted by those tunneling into the earth In an attempt to rescue Collins, virtually every newspaper in the courity printed from one to five columns with large headlines on the front page. " Special wires were- strung to the edge of the shaft by The Associated Press and when the miners finally broke through the roof of Collins prison and1 word ' of his discovery was shouted to the top of the 55 foot shaft it was merely a matter of seconds before virtually every newspaper, in the United Stafes knew that e!-, lost man had -been fund, but too late to save his life.