THE ADVANCE MINER
The following story was told by Robert Hughes from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia: Dr. Hughes’ father was a coal-miner in northeastern Pennsylvania. His job was to every morning, before the miners would go down into the mines, to check the mines for methane gas. And so, every morning he would descend alone into the mines taking with him the safety light and he would begin to go through the darkened tunnels checking out each of the tunnels and shafts of the mine to make sure that there was no deadly methane gas present. Of course if the light of the safety lamp would so much as flicker, he would have to run for his life because it would detect the presence of methane gas. And then, every morning he would, after checking the mine out, rise up to the surface of the mine, and there on the surface were all the miners gathered around waiting expectantly, looking at the…
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