CATASTROPHE: Death in Red Jacket

Like all men, coal miners expect to die some day. Unlike all men, coal miners also expect that an abnormally high proportion of their number will not die in bed.* Last week death came to 45 miners caught by an explosion of natural gas and rock dust in the Red Jacket Coal Co. mine near Grundy, in southwestern Virginia.

*Each year accidents kill 2.2 per 1,000 miners. Average rate of death from "external accident" among general U. S. population in 1935 was .516 per 1,000.

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