CATASTROPHE: Near Gladewater

Oil, which gushed sudden wealth into eastern Texas last winter (TIME, Feb.2), caused horror and tragedy there last week. Near Gladewater, Sinclair Oil Company's No. I Cole well was brought in. Instantly the null gusher went wild. While 14 men were trying to get the well under control, a spark caused by tool friction suddenly turned a plenteous natural blessing into a howling inferno. Some of the workers managed to dodge out of the flames, two jumped for safety into the slush pit where they were boiled alive. The rest were quickly roasted. Fatalities, originally...

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