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The Cumnock Mine Disaster
Galveston Daily News, Texas
May 23, 1900
Raleigh, N.C., May 23, -- Twenty-two miners, ten white men and twelve negroes, lost their lives in an explosion at Cumnock Coal Mines, Chatham County, North Carolina, yesterday afternoon. The explosion occurred at 4:30 o'clock, and it is supposed to have been caused by a broken gauze in a safety lamp. The accident was in what is known as the east heading. Between forty and fifty men were in the mine at the time. Five were brought out alive from the east heading, while none of the men in the other parts of the mine were injured.
The names of the dead follow:
John Connelly, Mine Superintendent
John Lee Palmer
About fifty people from Seaford, a town six miles from the mine, when the news of the disaster was received, went to assist in the work of rescuing the dead and attending to the injured.
Within an hour after the explosion the work of rescue began, and by night all the bodies, except one, that of Slim McIntyre, had been brought to the top.
John Connelly the Mine Superintendent, leaves a wife and three small children
This is the second explosion this mine has had within the past five years the former one having occurred on December, 28, 1895, when forty-three men lost their lives.
The bodies were prepared for burial last night, and the funeral took place today.
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