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  One day fifteen days later eleven.  For the grim total of twenty six men young and old.  Their               profession digging coal all lost their lives within a week.

  Who's to blame for the suffering and the pain who brought on by disaster at Blue Diamond Scotia       mine.

  Today they came to seal the pit with eleven men inside of it. I watched as sad faces went to and         fro.   The fathers the sons the mothers and the wives friends of those who lost their lives. Shed a         million      teardrops at Blue Diamonds Scotia mine.

  An old man standing along side of me wiped a tear from his cheek turned to me and said, son I'm       getting old, and God knows Iv' e dug my share of coal part of which I dug right here in Scotia mine.

  Son he said somewhere down there in that tomb where gas replaced the air lies my first born.  A       boy who meant this world to me, since the day he started working.  Iv' e been afraid, something told   me he was digging his own grave from the first day he dug coal in Scotia mine.

  I can remember times down there I choked and gasped for air the times I walked hand in hand with     death.  My God why was I spared.  It should be me not him down there he was planning for a future I   was making plans to rest.

  Suddenly it was over. I was awakened with a jerk. The little wife was saying Bob its time to go to       work. Is it all right if I drive you you to the mine.  I didn't tell her about the dream or how frightening     and realistic it seemed or that I had gone to bed with Scotia on my mind

©Jack Lee Shepherd
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Scotia mine Disaster
Author: Robert Lee Shepard
“Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.” ~John L. Lewiskck here to add text.
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