FIFTY ENTOMBED ALIVE
Workers Caught In Tunnel Cave-In
Air Pumped To Them
BRISTOL, Va., Aug. 17, 1906
--- Fifty men are entombed alive in the Clinch Mountain tunnel at
Clinchport, Va., as a result of a cave-in which occurred
to-day. It is not known whether the men are dead or alive,
but the work of rewcue is being rushed as fast as possible.
being pumped into the tunnel by several pumps for a distance of
700 feet, and a lare force of men before they perish, if they are
not already dead.
cave=in occurred unexpectedly, and it is not known who is
The Men entombed are chiefly
natives of the mountaionous section of Southwest Virginia.
The excitement and anxiety is intense. Men, women and
children to-night were at the mouth of the tunnel, awaiting news,
and pitiable scenes were enacted. Women screamed and wrung
their hands and cried hysterically.
have as yet been recovered. The tunnel is being driven
through Clinch Mountain and is to be one mile in length. It
has already been extended about 700 feet, and the men are a
considerable distance in the hole.
HARD ROCK DEFIES BLASTS
Flint Encountered In Clinch Mountain Delays
Special to The New York Times
RICHMOND, Va., March 17, 1907 ---
Workmen engaged in boring a tunnel through Clinch Mountain have been
practically stopped by a vein of the hardest rock ever encountered
in the knowledge of the engineers concerned.
It is a
bluish-white flint. The best tempered steel has little effect
upon it, and even after it has been drilled the heaviest blast only
scales off a small portion of it.
striking this rock it was thought the two boring forces would meet
each other about June 1. Now it is thought that it will take
at least until August.
THE WASHINGTON POST:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 1906
ONLY TWO LIVES LOST
Reported Entombment of Fifty Men at
Clinch Mountain, Proves Untrue
Special to The Washington Post
Gate City, Va., Aug. 18.—The exciting report
which spread over the country last evening about the cave-in of
the Clinch Mountain tunnel proved to be much exaggerated.
At 4 o'clock yesterday
morning two sections of timber used in bracing the tunnel fell,
crushing to death two negro laborers from North Carolina and
injuring three others, one of whom may die.
The story that fifty men were entombed by a
great fall of dirt and stone, the report coming here from both
sides of the mountain, seemed to be reliable. The truth was
learned this morning and the suspense and anxiety relieved.