The Cherry Mine Disaster. Frank P. Buck.
The Cherry Mine Disaster

The Cherry Mine Disaster

Chicago: M A Donohue, 1910.

Third Edition. Hardcover. Good with no dust jacket. Item #13620

Cock, tone, random soiling, spine crease, wear. Still serviceable and solid hardcover. ; Details the explosion and fire at the St Paul Coal Company at Cherry, Illinois in 1909. 268 miners died of the 484 men and boys down below, plus 12 rescuers, the third worst coal mining disaster in US history. After the mine's electricity had failed, the miners were using temporary kerosene torches which ignited mule hay and led to the fire spreading. One group of 21 miners were rescued after 8 days, after they barricaded their section of the mine to avoid the fire and fumes. The Chicago Fire Department sent firemen to assist fighting the fires. The mining accident inspired an Illinois crackdown on child-labor laws and the crafting of mine safety rules that eventually paved the way to workmen’s compensation laws. ; 211 pages.

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