Years ago I remember seeing the news reports of a coal mining accident in the Alleghany Mountains. Many miners escaped with their lives, but three men were still trapped somewhere deep within the earth’s crust. Whether they were dead or alive, no one knew. What made the accident even more threatening to life was the presence of intense heat and noxious gases within the mine itself. If the men were not crushed by the rock, they well could have been asphyxiated by the fumes or killed by the heat. Two days went by before a search expedition was allowed to even enter the mine because of the heat and fumes. Even then, there was great danger in store for anyone who would dare descend into what could well be a deep, black, grave. I don’t remember what happened to those three men. All I remember is a brief interview conducted with one of the members of the search party as he was preparing…
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