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 - iFood Sent to: Convicts, in Coal Mine...
iFood Sent to: Convicts, in Coal Mine sail-makers anjcarry out tneir threats I blow up the mine with dyna- me; f . : ( Picture on page 9 and back page) Petros, Tenn., July 13 UPI Officials sent food down a coal mine shaft Monday nigift to 95 deiiant convicts holed up in the shaft with three hostages. They apparently feared the convicts would to lUSHVILLE v inmvvn ! c .' 'nuimuflnni W.L. I TOO'MILgS "i IGA: ' ALA. A. W. Patterson, assistant state commissioner of corrections, who went down the shaft to confer with the prisoners, ordered the food. He said he did so because " there are a lot of men's lives and property at stake." Submit Grievance List Negotiations aimed at per suading the convicts to come out of the mine, situated a mile from Brushy Mountain State prison, were called off until 8 a. m. Chicago time Tuesday, Patterson said. .Patterson declined to say what touched off the revolt, but he said the prisoners had submitted to him a list of "general type ' grievances." They want better food and more pay for mining coal, he said. Convicts are paid 25 cents for every ton of coal they dig out of the prison operated mine. Felons Have Dynamite The convicts, armed with shovels', pickaxes, and 200 sticks of dynamite, have been holed up in the shaft since 7 a..m. Monday. - The prisoners rebelled shortly after they went to work, grabbed three unarmed mine foremen .and called for a parley with top state officials. The prisoners sent Tom Jones, general mine foreman, to the surface but held Ben Davis, 36, Earl Mensley, and Sherdy Bunch, both in their 50s. All are married.' . Warden Frank Llewellyn said guards with shotguns canvas and Smith & Co., Ltd., of London, who ordinarily make sails and tents, agreed to dp the tailoring. The gar-, ment is ready. and tear gas were posted at the mouth of the mine, the only exit. The hostages were mine foremen civilian employes who boss convicts in the coal mines operated by the state prison. Foremen Are Unarmed " They're a mile and a quarter down inside that mine," Llewellyn said. "We're just waiting to see what' develops because we can't afford to get three men killed if we can help it." " The foremen go- into the mines with the prisoners unarmed, " Llewellyn said " Their job is to make safety checks." " The warden said the prisoners had issued no ultimatum.- ' ' "They haven't threatened the men they're just holding them," Llewellyn said. Want Confederate Holiday It was believed the 116 prisoners were protesting having to work on the birthday of a Confederate general, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Mon day was the 138th anniversary of his ( birth and most state offices were closed for the state holiday . Mining is the main source of revenue for this state prison which holds 704 convicts. In March, 1958, prisoners rioted in a two day frenzy of destruction to protest a six day, 72 hour work week in the mines. Petros is 40 miles west of Knoxville. Three coal mines near the prison are operated by convicts. Secretary Seaton Has 102 Degree Fever San Francisco, July 13 () Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton arrived from Los Angeles Monday running a 102 degree fever from laryn gitis. He is slated to speak before the convention of the Little Jumbo and Prof Hoyte will tackle the pass American' Water Works asso. about a mont!. from now. 'ciation.

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  1. Chicago Tribune,
  2. 14 Jul 1959, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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