Moose River Gold Mine Disaster


 Anna Brennan

(VGH class 1919)




















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Researched and written by Gloria Stephens




TWO VICTORIA GENERAL HOSPITAL GRADUATE NURSES, ANNA BRENNAN AND ADA (GRAHAM) HOPKINS, WERE AT THE SCENE OF THE MOOSE RIVER GOLD MINE DISASTER.





An unpublished poem written by the writer’s Great Aunt at the time of the disaster:


       MOOSE RIVER MINES


For ten long days they laboured,


With courage undaunted and brave,


To save the lives of those entombed


From a fearful, awful grave.


Night and day they kept working


Praying to God on high,


To save the lives of those poor men


Help, Lord, lest they will die.


 


For ten long days they waited


There were three men trapped to die


What cruel, fearful torture


As the days and nights went by.


One poor man could not pull through,


He died er’s the help had come,


In that briny grave he was lying


Away from his loved ones and home.


 


But down in hell’s dark valley


With death all around them, close by,


Two poor, weary souls were waiting


Oh, God, must those two die?


At last from the top came voices


And hope revived once more,


“With God’s help, we will save you,


Take courage, it will soon be ‘or.”


In rain and cold and hunger


They waited day by day.


With fearful pain and danger


In their living grave they lay.


But fearful and hard they labored


Til’ at last the day arrived


When they rescued those brave miners


To their poor heartbroken wives.


 


All praise to God for their deliverance


And God bless these men so brave


Who took the risk to their own lives


And went down in that awful cave.


They live! They live! Thank the Saviour.


They came up from the mouth of hell,


Their lives a wonderful miracle


Thank God, they are doing well.


 


Living will be the shining angel


Of those that seemed doomed to die


From the bowels of the earth they are rescued


By men not fearing to die,


Only by God’s will and courage


Not caring for wind or rain,


They worked with a prayer to help


Save them from death and pain.


 


                       SARAH (Frank) ROBAR





Ada (Graham) Hopkins

 (VGH class 1935).

























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Iris Shea,
Mar 5, 2014, 7:10 PM
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