Lorenzo C. Payne, 33, farmer, saved Charles Gordon, 38, laborer, from suffocation, Parker, Kansas, September 17, 1912. Gordon was overcome by dynamite fumes in a well 40 feet deep. Payne, although he had been compelled to leave the well on two previous occasions because the smoke and gas affected him, immediately grasped the well rope and slid to the bottom. No one else was at the well except four boys. Payne was overcome almost as soon as he entered the well. The boys pumped air into the well and summoned men, but no one would descend to get those at the bottom until two hours after the accident. Payne and Gordon were brought to the surface and were revived.
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