Very rare antique book about the Cherry Mine Disaster from 1910 a first edition still in excellent condition. The book is red cloth covered with gold stamped spine and cover. The top edges are darkened. The spine and pages are still tight. There are 211 pages with 27 b/w photo plates on coated paper. I did not see any torn or written on pages. The book was published by the M.A. Donohue Co. and written by F.P. Buck. The dedication reads:To the sacred and imperishable memory of the twelve heroic self-sacrificing men who, oblivious of all things that human nature instinctively holds priceless, descended into the flaming depths of the St. Paul Mine, at Cherry, Ill, and gave up their lives in the most agonizing deaths imaginable in a futile effort to save their entombed fellow miners, with reverence, esteem and respect. I dedicate this book. The memory of the magnanimity of those twelve glorious martyrs shall never be forgotten! The mine disaster happened on November 13, 1909. The loss of life was 259 miners out of 400 plus miners. My grandfather had helped in the effort to rescue survivors and didn't go down because of smoke inhaled. The next cage down is when the volunteers were all killed on the cage due to being burned to death. I had the privilege as a teenager talking to the last survivor: Peter Donna. My Dad and Pete would talk for hours.
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