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SERIOUS COLLIERY ACCIDENT.

FOURTEEN MINERS ENTOMBED,

ELEVEN MEN KILLED,

BRAVE ATTEMPTS AT RESCUE. Br Elbotrio Telegraph—UoFrß'iHT,] [Per Press Association.] "SYDNEY, June 22. Great excitement has beua eattsed here owing; to the cullap.-ii- of th.' i-.»■.t of tin- A.A. Company's! enal mine m-ar j\ So fin' i.s isLnoun :it jir.M'lll iiiiHU-rn mini |-:; v.'.-re eutoi.ihi-ii, ilif/ht. imvc l-eei; )''•;.ite'l, ami ;ih shuiify ui dtlici"-, '-hi be heaiu l.inr<is a probability of all hejnji rescued alive. 'l'm ooiiapHe in believed to li<tve boen caused by the removal of pillars in tho workings about to be abandoned. At the mouth of the mine the scene was most heartrending. A large number of women and children and friends of the entombed miners surrounded the pit and eagerly waited for tidings of those dear to them.

NEWCASTLE, June 23,

The scene of the disaster is the Glebe pit, about two miles distant from the city. From forty to fifty minora were engaged removing the pillars which supported the roof when a collapse occurred. For some time unpleasantnoises and strange rumblings, like murmurs of an earthquake, have been heard, and the impression got abroad that portion of the mine was likely to subside. The men held a meeting early in the month to discuss the danger. Many were of opinion that there was no reasonable cause for alarm, and others that the unusual noises warranted some step 3 being taken for their safety. Ultimately it was decided that a deputation should wait on the manager of the colliery, and impress upon him the necessity for placing a rapper wire in different districts to warn miners of any immediate danger. On Saturday morning a fall of coal and accompanying noises frightened some of the men working in the mine and caused them to leave the place, but on the advice of old and experienced miners they returned to work. The crisis was reached at nine o'clock on Saturday morning, when mass after mass fell with a deafening and bewildering roar, resembling a heavy cannonade. All the lights were extinguished, and everything was in a state of chaos. Numbers of men who were below had a miraculous escape. Nothing is authentically known as to the actual number imprisoned, but it is believed to have been twenty-five. Of these, eleven have been rescued. Relief parties are working continuously to rescue the remainder. Thousands of persons are assembling at the mouth of the pit waiting to hear news of the missing men.

SYDNEY, .litjie 24, (Received June 24, ISSft, at 1 p.m.;

The scene at the moutli of the A. A. Company's pit, where the miners are entombed, presents a most painful and pathetic aspect. Crowds of women are waiting there, full of anxiety for the fate of the buried men, and the distress of *hose most nearly related to the victims is pitiful. It is believed that four men, named Pettit, Masson, Mate, and son, were killed outright by the fall of the roof. After the first fall a party of seven succeeded in escaping after terrible hardships. When brought to the surface they presented a pitiable spectacle, some of them bleeding profusely.

When the first mass of coal and earth fell Pettit's mates worked desperately to release him ; but, despite their endeavors, they failed, and had at last to fly for their lives.

The following are the names of the men entombed :—Pettit, Beaumont, Meadows, Grant, Hudson, Banfield, Peate and son, Masson, Proctor, and Robert Slater.

Another fall has taken place, which has driven the rescue party a hundred yards further back. The subsidence extends over a total area of fifteen acres.

All hopes of recovering the men alive are now abandoned, and even the prospect of obtaining the bodies for burial is small.

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SERIOUS COLLIERY ACCIDENT., Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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SERIOUS COLLIERY ACCIDENT. Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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