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Page 6 - Mine Explosion in New Waterford, 1917

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1978/12/1 (632 reads)

wooden door about two boards thick • drove right through that. (Mr. Hogan was a year in the hospital. Ac? cording to him, his name was actually on the memorial monument in New Waterford at one time as one of the dead; later, it was refinished and his name was removed.) From the Newspapers of the Day: Sydney Daily Post. July 26, 1917: YESTER? DAY'S EXPLOSION IN NO. 12 MINE MOST DISAS? TROUS IN CAPE BRETON MINING ANNALS The worst explosion in the history of the Cape Breton coal fields occurred at 7*30 yesterday morning in No. 12 colliery of the New Waterford district. An official estimate places the number of dead at 62. These include 30 native miners, 22 New? foundlanders and 10 foreigners. About 270 men were in the mine at the time, and col? liery officials express surprise that the loss of life was not greater. The explosion occurred between No. 6 and No. 7 landings, about 2,100 feet down the slope, but as to how it happened officials profess to be unable to say. That it was not due to negligence seems to be general? ly accepted. The horror of the disaster seems to have aroused the entire countryside, and all day, in teams, in autos and on foot, crowds of the morbidly inquisitive or vi? tally interested made their way to the scene. Arriving there, little was to be seen. The panic of the early morning was over. The yard had been cleared early, the police were patrolling and under the strict orders issued by the officials of the company it was impossible to get through the lines. Outside, however, the crowd had grouped themselves, discussing the disaster in low tones, and watching with worried, strained faces the waggons, ambulances and teams as they passed to and fro from the pit head. Sometimes one of the drivers would be stopped and an anxious query put to him. Instantly a crowd gathered to hear the re? ply, usually no different from the other replies, for the result of the disaster was known about two o'clock in the after- The rescue party worked unceasingly and no greater deeds of heroism have or will ever be written than some that were enacted at New Waterford yesterday. Two young men just beginning life, gave it up with all its bright prospects, to save the lives of their fellow workmen. One, Phillip Nicholson, a lad of seventeen, en? tered the gas-poisoned mine and succeeded in saving three men. John McKenzie, the same age, saved two. Both lads died as the result of gas poisoning, but no finer sac? rifice has even been made, not even on the fields of France, than made by these boys. Another rescuer, William Cook, went into the mine nine times, each time bringing up some of the dead or injured men, and as? sisting in the cleaning out of the blocked passage way. Indefatigably he worked until about noon when he became exhausted and was overcome by the gas. He was taken to the hospital, and in his delirium he raved about the men whom he could not save. SYDNEY SHIP SUPPLY Sydney and Port Hawkesbury INTEGRITY Being true to yourself - having Integrity means more than just nuc preten#ng to be someone else. It means being completely true to what is inside of you.. To what you know is right. It means doing what yoti feel you must do regardless of the immediate cost or saaifice. It means making decisions for yourself ancf your family, and your entire life kj'ned on what is proper, not on what is exped lent. I|' means at all time to be honourable and to behave decenth and gh?n in a very practical sense it fMys, for without integrity no person is complete and without it no book, no play, nothing writ? ten, nothing done by man hasany real value. As British psychiatrist Harry Edelston remarked of the melancholy figure of Howard Hughes: "A RUTHLESS PURSUIT OF FINANCIAL DOMINANCE CARRIES WITH IT DEEP AND PRIMITIVE FEARS WHICH LEAVE NO ROOM FOR THE GENTLER ELEMENTS OF PERSONAL AFFECTION." • from "Who's the Richest Man in the World," Weekend Magazine Cape Breton's Magazine/6
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