|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1916|
The following is an account of the death as printed in the Carthage Press
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Carthage Evening Press
November 25, 1916
MINER BLOWN TO PIECES
Drops on Shots When Hoister Brake Fails to Work
L. G. Shrout Meets Tragic Death in Shaft of Chautauqua Company - Inquest Today
L. G. Shrout, a miner was killed in the shaft of the Chautauqua Mining company in the northwest part of town at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon when a hoisting tub in which he was riding slipped back on account of the hoister brake not working. He was dropped to the bottom of the 80 foot shaft, where he had just lighted the fuse to three shots previous to being pulled to the top of the shaft. Before he could be gotten out, the shots went off and his body was blown to pieces.
This shaft is being sunk at the east edge of the old Chautauqua grounds, a short distance west of the site of the old Missouri Pacific depot. A horse hoister is being used. After Shrout had fired the fuse for three shots of dynamite in the bottom of the shaft he was hoisted to the top to be safe from the shots. The man who was leading the horse for operating the hoister, was unable to stop the horse the the exact moment when the tub reached the surface of the ground.
Stunned When Tub Hit Bottom
The horse was only walking, but had carried the tub about six feet too high, before he could be stopped. By using the hoister brake, it was attempted to let the tub slowly back to the proper position. But the brake failed to work and the tub, beyond control, went to the bottom of the shaft. On account of the friction of the break, it was said that the tub did not run with anything like the speed which would result if it were dropped unhindered.
However, it evidently struck bottom with sufficient force that Shrout was stunned, for the parties who shouted down the shaft to him were not able to get a response. The message shouted to him was that he should cut the fuse and tub stop the impending shots. When no answer came, the tub was hoisted to the top with the hope that the man might be hung onto it in some way. But the tub came up empty. then the shots went off, all three of them in quick succession. One of these shots was particularly heavy.
When these were over, parties went down the shaft and recovered the remnants of Shrout's body. His head [details omitted], but the legs and feet seemed untouched.
It is supposed that Shrout fell and lay unconscious on reaching the bottom of the shaft, and that his legs happened to be in a portion of the shaft away from the shots. No recognizable remnant [details omitted].
The remains were taken to the Knell Undertaking parlors, where the funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
A coroner's inquest will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Not much is known here about Shrout. He came here from Webb City about 2 1/2 weeks ago to work in this shaft. He had been in Webb City since last April. Before that he seems to have been in Montana, at least some of his fellow workmen got that impression from talking with him. It was not known at first if he had any relatives, but it was learned this morning that he has a brother in Oklahoma. This brother telegraphed this morning that he would try to reach here before the funeral is held tomorrow, but that if he is delayed, not to delay the funeral. The condition of the body is such that the funeral can not well be postponed.
Plot: Park Lawn Bl 30 Lot 9 Sp 4
Created by: NJBrewer
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