NO HOPE FOR MEN TRAPPED BY FLAME IN MOUNTAIN MINE
Hastings, Colorado, April 30 - Eight more bodies, making a total of
15, were found by a rescue
crew which came out of the Hastings mine of the Victor American Fuel
Company late Saturday.
As soon as the first rescuers emerged another crew entered the mine
to bring out the bodies.
Outside the mine scores of volunteers pressed forward, eager to go in.
National guardsmen were stationed at the entrance of the mine. Four
crews of expert helmetsmen
worked in shifts, desperately striving to remove "falls".
Trinidad, Colorado, April 30 - There is no escape for the 120 or more
men caught behind the
fire in the Hastings mine of the Victor American Fuel Company near Ludlow
and it is feared that
all have perished. Rescue crews reported they cannot reach all the entombed
men because of the
wreckage, the explosion having torn ceilings and walls of the main slope.
Five bodies were found by the rescue squads is after they had penetrated
2,000 feet into the
"One hundred and eighteen men are behind the fire and there is
little chance of reaching them",
James Dalrymple, chief mining inspector, reported.
Superintendent Cameron said he had little hope of saving any of the
men who were in the mine
when the explosion occurred. If the men still are alive behind the fire,
it will be a miracle,
A list containing 119 names of mining men was given out by company officials.
It included David
Reese, mine inspector; David William, pit boss, H. J. Millard, fire boss;
25 company men and 91
miners. Virtually all of the miners listed are foreigners.
The main workings extend 3,600 feet under the mountain where most of
the men were believed to
The first indication of trouble was a cloud of black smoke which bellowed
from the mouth of the
slope. Superintendent Cameron hastily organized a rescue force of five
men and entered the
slope but the smoke and heat from the fire within was so intense that
they soon were forced to
retreat. Another rescue force was organized and equipped with oxygen
helmets. These men, eight
in number, again led by Mr. Cameron, again attempted to reach the entombed