From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 July 1874 (reporting from the Lykens Register):
Accident at Short Mountain Colliery.
— About seven o’clock this morning one of the boilers at the deep slope of Short Mountain Colliery sprang a leak, and the escaping steam rushed into the fire box, forcing out the flames and burning Louis Smeltzer, the engineer, and John Miller and Joseph Klinger, firemen. All three were burned about the face and arms. Smeltzer and Klinger were not seriously injured, but Miller is represented as being so badly hurt that some time must elapse ere he will recover. Klinger lives in Wiconisco, while the others reside in this borough. The boiler was not much damaged.
John Miller died of shock as a result of his injuries. A widow and two young children survived him. For a portrait of the John Miller family, see: John Miller Family.