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February 6, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(6):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440060037008

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During the year 1896 there were 497 men killed in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. This last annual contribution to the mortality record shows the awful regularity with which the destruction of life among miners proceeds. The total number of outright deaths for the past three years was 1,327. In addition 4,780 miners were maimed, many so seriously as to be incapacitated for future work. As a consequence of these sad happenings, 633 women were left widows and 1,752 children became orphans, and in nearly every case were dependent on poor-boards and charity-organizations for their future sustenance. The compensation of coal miners is wofully small in view of their obnoxious and hazardous occupation. Few of them are able to save any money; and their only hope lies in mutual relief-organizations, and among the penurious aliens, even these are sometimes disregarded.

It is only when some terrible catastrophe like the tragic

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