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OHIO MINE INSPECTOR'S REPORT 1903-1904 

FIRE DAMP; Annual Report

On July 11th Daniel Davis lost his life from being exposed to black damp in what is known as the Old Slope mine,
located at Sherrodsville, Ohio, in his effort to rescue Wm. Monroe. This old mine was being re-opened and the water
pumped out with an electric pump. Wm. Monroe, a pumpman, and Mr. Stratton, an engineer, who were on their way
to their employment, thought they would investigate and see in what condition the water was at the place where the
pump had been stationed. Wm. Monroe was overcome with the damp and collapsed. His companion attempted to pull
him out, but was unable to do so, and started to the city to solicit aid. Daniel Davis being the first to reach the grounds
rushed to the rescue, and he, too, was overcome from the effects of the black damp and never rallied. After heroic
treatment, Monroe was revived. It was the belief that there had been a heavy fall of slate in the mine, the force of which
had driven the black damp out to the location of the pump. This being an old mine, better judgment should have been
exercised in going into it.

Submitted by Jean Scarlott
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