HE KNEW HIS MEN.
A fire broke out in a shaft of a deep coal mine at Canton, Ill., and the miners made a wild rush for the elevator, crowding the cage and fighting for places. Five trips of the cage would carry them all up, but it looked as though the flames would quickly close the exit, and in the fright and confusion all struggled to be first. Tom Lukey, the cool and muscular boss of the gang, drove them all aside, and then called out the names of as many men as could be hoisted out at once. In making the selections he chose those who had large dependent families. When the cage came down again he filled it with those who had fewer relatives, and next time with husbands who had no children. It was not until the fourth lift that unmarried men were given a chance. The fifth carried some almost worthless bummers and Lukey himself, with the fire scorching their clothes. When praised for his act he carelessly replied ; ” Oh, that wasn’t anything. If I hadn’t got those fellows out of the way I would have been burned up, don’t you see.”