A FIERCE MINE FIRE.
A Shamokin, Pa., dispatch of October 17 says that the inhabitants of Excelsior are fearful tonight of portions of their village being ingulfed by the burning Enterprise mine. It caught fire last Saturday morning, and the flames have increased in fury hourly ever since. The mine runs under the village as well as beneath the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad tracks. Officials of these companies today had watchmen patroling the roads so as to guard against trains plunging into cave-ins, if any should occur. Portable telegraph offices were set up nearby, so that officials of each company could be in close touch with the conditions. All trains were run over the tracks with great caution. The timber in the slope has been entirely consumed by the terrific conflagration, which is the fiercest seen in this region in many years. Mining experts are of the opinion that the mammoth vein, the largest and best in the fields, has been ignited by the fire forcing its way back in the slope.
Ridgely, Ill., has organized a volunteer fire department. John W. Payne is marshal.