|Death: ||Sep. 30, 1867|
Suffocated in a Mine. A dispatch dated at Silver Mountain, October 1st, says:
An experiment, which resulted fatally to two persons, was tried in the tunnel of the Mountain Company yesterday afternoon, by building a fire at the entrance to soften the rock, filling the tunnel with gas. Two strangers, Andrew Kirschner, of Markleeville, and a man named Tornel, of Gold Hill, went up to the mine, and, finding no one about, lighted candles and went in. A friend who had accompanied them remained outside, and after waiting for them some two hours, became alarmed for their safety and went for assistance. The air of the tunnel was purified as soon as possible, and late in the evening a party was able to enter, when they discovered the bodies of the two men. Tornel was a widower and Kirschner was unmarried.
A correspondent of the Union, writing from Markleeville, October 1st, adds: -
These two were highly respected citizens of our county and this sad calamity has thrown a gloom over the place. It is by far the saddest news we have had to record for many a day. Their bodies will be brought down for interment to-day.
(Sacramento Daily Union, 10/3/1867)
Kirschner was aged 42 years (Alpine Miner, Oct. 5, 1867).
NOTE: It is possible this was a Silver Mountain Burial; it is listed under Markleeville because Kirschner was from that town and the Sac. Daily Union article (written from Markleeville) says the bodies were being "brought down."
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Record added: Aug 26, 2013
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