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Olympia Daily Recorder
Olympia Daily Recorder
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Description: All Five Children Dead--Father Dying.

Date: January 26 1911

Newspaper published in: Olympia, WA

Ellensburg, Jan. 26.--The five children of Matt HARRISON, the Roslyn miner who were injured in an explosion in their home Tuesday, all died before noon yesterday. The father is not expected to live many hours, but the mother will probably recover. Two other children were not in the house at the time of the explosion.

It turns out that HARRISON was filling a small canteen from a 25-pound can of blasting powder. Most miners at Roslyn keep powder cans in their houses, and this is the fifteenth death from this cause in recent years.

Two of HARRISON's small boys were blown clear out of the house into the snow. The father, recovering slightly from the shock, took one of the other boys in his arms and made for the door, while the mother, who was least burned of all, took one of the others, carried him to the street, returned and rescued the 8-months-old baby and was making her third trip into the burning building when the fire department arrived and stopped her.

The explosion tore to pieces every partition in the house.

One of the boys died 20 minutes after the arrival at the hospital. The baby girl was next and two boys died early yesterday morning. The other one put up a hard fight until noon yesterday and then breathed his last. All were intense pain until they died.

Submitted: 11/03/07 (Edited 11/03/07)

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