Not With a Whimper, But A Bang!
December 18th 1905.
Killed at Rossland
Mr. Thos. Ingramís Brother in Big Explosion
Not a Building Escapes
That the fatality was limited to a single individual is little short of miraculous, for the explosion was felt within a radius of thirty miles, and in the city of Rossland, nestled at the foot of Red Mountain, in which are the mines that gave it birth, not so much as one building entirely escaped.
Houses on the rise of the mountain, and nearest to the mines, were wholly destroyed, while for a distance of five miles bricks and plaster fell in showers and window glasses were shattered by the concussion.
Ingram was in charge of the powder, and his death removed the only possible source of information as to the cause of the explosion.† His body was recovered from the debris, badly mangled.† Lockhart, the assistant diamond drill operator, who was at work under the Centre Star offices, was badly cut about the head and legs, but will recover.† Several members of the office staff and men in the compressor building were hurt by flying glass or by being thrown violently against the machinery.
Buildings in the immediate vicinity were twisted out of shape and the windows all broken.† The big War Eagle boarding house is badly damaged, some of the inmates being injured slightly.
In the city of
The Centre Star, War Eagle, and Le Roi Mines will be shut down for a few days because of the injury to the steam and air pipes and compressor machinery, and the practical wreck of the buildings containing them.
Mr. John S. Ingram,
who lost his life in the Rossland explosion, was one of the best known
figures in the West.† He organized the
police force of