Volunteers of the 1877 Disaster

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Volunteers of the 1877 Disaster

Volunteers of the 1877 DisasterStill, no matter the danger, there were no lack of volunteers, many of them wildly demanding to be lowered down, until at last, when the short winters day was drawing to a close, imperative orders were issued that no more lives were to be risked. Then hope fled; and the agonised crowd were left in the darkness and pitiless rain to face the terribleness of its magnitude that not one of the 200 miners and more, that were entombed beneath us, would ever see the light. Nor did they.

There was not a man nor boy from Dixon’s Pit or the surrounding Pits that did not want to volunteer as rescuers on this dark day.


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