The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Description: Dwellings Sink Out of Sight. A Cave-in in the Heart of Mayville Causes Dread Apprehension.

Date: April 10 1890

Newspaper published in: Philadelphia, PA

Carbondale, April 9.

A cave-in occurred this morning at Mayville, two miles from this city, which swallowed up two houses in the heart of the village, and there are fears that it will continue and do great damage to the place.

The mine underneath the village is owned by the Erie Railroad Company and operated under the name of the Hillside Coal and Iron Company. The men had been in about an hour when the cave occurred, but luckily it happened in the old working where both veins have been worked out. A space about sixty feet square sunk a distance of twenty feet in the rear of the houses of Edward EDMUNDS and of Mrs. Elizabeth EDMUNDS, on the main street in the centre of the town. The kitchens of both houses sunk and the stoves overturned, setting both places on fire. Through presence of mind the conflagrations in both houses were put out.

It was not until 8 o'clock that the men in the mine were notified of the occurrence and immediately they all left the place. The ground continues to sink. The space now settled makes a yawning gulf one hundred by seventy-five feet and is at least forty feet deep. One outhouse, measuring twelve by fourteen feet, has disappeared from sight and not a plank is visible at the bottom of the abyss.

Another building, fourteen by twenty-two feet, used for the storage of oils, has gone down and only the roof can been seen. A deep well which stood in the tract leaves no trace of its existence. There has been no loss of life. The people of the village are greatly excited and many are moving out of their homes.

Submitted: 06/17/16

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