Mine accident killed a Patrick Herron Nov 26, 1886 Wilkesbarre PA
"THE MINE HORROR INEXCUSABLE DISREGARD OF ORDERS SAID TO BE THE CAUSE. Twelve Men Thought to be Fatally Unrned nnd Many Othem More or I.esn Injured, nrnve but nifllemlt Worli of Removing the Victim". WII.KKSBABBE, Pa., Nov. 29.-Ono of the most fatnl explosions of mine gao tlmt htis occurred in tho mines of the anthracite coal (Mils for many years took place yesterday moriilnts at the Conyngam colliery of the 'Delaware ami HIK'SOU Canal company. iVtv'-two men wero burned, some in the most frightful manner. Twelve of thoso will asrtnlnlV die, though the nature of their injuries rankus It possible for them to linger in terrible suffering for a day or two. The ex- nlosion took place just as tho mon were going to work. Tho colliery employs about 200 men mid boys, <m«l half of these had .ink-red the abaft- Owing to the lato storms tho mine lui.1 mode a great deal of water, and some portions of it wero not in a workable condition. The men expected to receive ordrs not to work, and Instead of preceding direct to their chnmbcra about fifty or sixty waited around tho foot of tho Blmft, anticipating the order to return homo. They'were standing in groups around the foot of tho shaft, in the gangways and around the flro bosses' shanties, when suddenly a terrible explosion echoed through the mine, nnd an install* after u sea of flame burst from an old abandoned passage opening on ('"• -lain gangway, not far from the • foot of ti.-shaft. The g '-ips of mon wero enveloped in a jbeeto 1 .me, tho whole atmosphere was on flre. wii the terriblo force of the explosion ..picked tlio men up us though they wore ftrewi nnd swept them before it, hurling them against the sides and timbers and covering thoin with wreck and debris.