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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 20, 1889

Morgan Morgans, superintendent of the Black Diamond Coal Mining Co.

Morgan Morgans, superintendent of the Black Diamond Coal Mining Co.

The fire which broke out in section 14 of the Black Diamond mine on January 2 has at last been extinguished, through the efforts of Morgan Morgans, the superintendent of the mine, and the casual observer on entering section 14 would not be able to discover that there ever had been fire there.

The cave which occurred in section 14, in the latter part of December has been entirely cleaned up. Superintendent Morgans, in order to furnish an escape in case of accident to his miners, has run a shaft 18 feet in diameter and 254 feet in length from the lower level to the upper level.

This shaft was dug by Mr. Morgans in the incredibly short space of eleven days. Besides giving the miners a means of egress in case of danger, the shaft gives them good, pure air.

The Black Diamond mine is now in better running order than it has been in for some time. About 1,000 tons are being taken out daily, and vessels enough cannot be had to carry the coal away from this port.

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