Howells, William - Letter to Orson Pratt - 11 Aug 1849
Aberdare, August, 11, 1849.
Dear Brother,--Yesterday afternoon the doleful news of an explosion of foul
air in a Coal-pit in this parish, created a great sensation, and threw a
general gloom over the whole neighbourhood.
Knowing that there were a great number of the brothers and
their families living in the place called, Cwenbach,
where the explosion took place--fearing also that many were working in the said
pit, I went down with some of my brother officers, and in the midst of the
slaughter, we found that the only Saint that worked in the pit escaped without
losing a hair off his head, although there were fifty-five corpses surrounding
him, and I am sorry to say, to a man, sad persecutors of the Latter-day Saints.
The lamentations of the widows and orphans was
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