Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 22, 1963 · Page 28
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August 22, 1963

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 28

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lltin&ls in Cherry Recalled CHERRY, til (AP) — the flight of three miners trapped since Aug. 13 Iti a coal Jnine ftenr Hazleton, Pa., stirred recol lections today of the almost ml Mctilous escape of 20 Cherry mifl ers Ift^a similar situation more than 50 years ago. The lucky 20 escaped after eigh days entombment. But 259 of their fellow workers diet! In -Illinois Worst coal mine disaster. The survivors, once given up as dead, lived on bark ripped from pine post shorlngs and bits ol leather torn from their belts. They moistened their lips with seepage from the mine walls their only source of water during the grueling ordeal. Miracle Escape of the 20 was a mine miracle that was not repeated until 49 years later at Springhlll, Nova Scotia. There, in 1958, seven miners were rescued eight days after a davein at the'Cumberland No. 2 mine claimed 74 lives. Cherry, in north central Illinois was a thriving community oJ more than 2,000 population on Nov. 13, 1909, when disaster struck. Now, its population has dwindled to around 500. Some 500 miners were working on two levels of the St. Paul Coal Co., mine on that fateful day when six bales of hay being transported to 50 mules stabled at the lower level were accidentally sel afire. Most of the miners working on the upper level made it to safety. But another 279 were trapped at the bottom when flames engulfec the hoisting shaft. Workmen fought the flames the rest of the day and throughoul the night. Then,'in the belief that all of those still in the mine were dead, officials ordered the mine sealed to smother the fire. Wet sand was used to seal all air leaks. Four days after the fire erupted, there were reports of dull thudding sounds from below. Reopened Officials ordered the mine reopened. Rescuers combed the mine for three days recovering bodies but finding no signs of life. Then, on Saturday afternoon, eight days after the disaster, eight miners stumbled from a passageway. Twelve others, they said, were at the end of the tunnel too weak to walk. All were rescued. The survivors said they had warded off death by walling themselves in a chamber, thus keeping out gasses from the fire. They quenched their thirst with seepage and pounded the walls for more. It was • this pounding that was heard and led to their rescue. The Cherry disaster was one of the most costly mine upheavals in the United States in terms of lives lost. 'A charitable nation rallied to the aid of 160 widows and 470 fatherless children of the disaster, contributing more than $500,000 for their welfare. Be alert today, alive tomorrow. Titan 2 Firing Successful Wy HOWARD BENEDICT Al Aerospace Writer CAPJ5 CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —Military planners and man-in* space officials were encouraged today by results ot'a successful 5,800-mile test flight by SuTitan 2 missile, The 103-foot rocket covered the course In flawless fashion Wednesday in a flight that had special significance for Project Gemini, the United States' next manned- space-flight program. Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom, who may one day be a Gemini pilot, was among those who monitored the test. Although Titan 2 was declared operational two months ago as this nation's most powerful intercontinental range rocket, the missile has encountered numerous troubles, especially in the second stage propulsion system. Wednesday's success was the 12th in 21 test flights. Manned Spacecraft Center officials, primarily Flight Operations Director Chris Kraft, have expressed concern that problems in both stages of the rocket could affect Gemini seriously. Kraft told newsmen last week that the first-stage engine creates vibrations the length of the rocket which could prevent the two Gem ini astronauts from reading their instrument panels. He reported the second stage on some shots was developing only 90 per cent of desired thrust, not enough to xiost the approximately 7,000- pound. capsule into proper orbit. Officials said the Titan 2 regis- :ered its lowest vibration level yet Wednesday and developed full second-stage thrust. It hurled a warhead to a target in the South Atlantic Ocean. Condon Police Get Walkie Talkie "Radios LONDON—The City of London 'olice are testing six new miniature "Walkie-Talkie" .radios. The radios can be used anywhere in the City area. These •adios, which may well be a jreat help to the police, fit com- : ortably into a constable's breast Docket. 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