GERMANY: Fire-damp

Firedamp

The second greatest* mining catastrophy known in Germany occurred in the Minister Stein† mine at Dortmund when 200 or more miners perished in an explosion of fire-damp.**

Thus, while in the U. S. anxious men and women kept a nerve-straining vigil at Sand Cave where Floyd Collins was buried alive, and a horrified nation clung bravely to hope, crowds of weeping German women and children surrounded the Stein pithead, breaking police cordons in their desperate grief, while a whole nation poured out its sympathy.

President Ebert telegraphed his condolences to the Mining...

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