THE DYNAMITE HERO
 RICHARD OWENS and Richard Hughes were two workmen whose homes
were at Bangor, Pennsylvania. One day they were
blasting rocks in an excavation, when an accident
occurred which made one of them a hero. Owens had just
lighted a fuse to set off a charge of giant powder. He
had risen to run out of danger, when another, but
smaller charge, which was closer to him, exploded. His
eyes were blinded, and his clothes were set on fire.
He started to run, but could not find his way out of
Richard Hughes, who was already in a place of safety,
saw his companion's peril. He knew that in another
moment the spark of the fuse would reach the second
charge. He saw Owens groping within a few feet of that
charge, and knew that if he remained there he would be
blown to atoms.
Hughes was not the man to hesitate in the face of
danger. He dashed out of cover and ran swiftly back.
He caught his blinded friend just as he was about to
stumble into a deep pit. He seized him in his arms and
carried him right over the place where the powder blast
was about to be exploded.
 He scrambled out of the excavation, dragging Owens up
behind him. But he was a moment too late. Before they
could reach a place of safety there was a blinding
flash, a thunderous roar, and the air was filled with
flying rocks. Both men fell to the ground, stunned and
A few minutes later, however, Hughes dragged himself
out into the open air and shouted for help. Men ran to
his assistance, and found that both he and Owens were
much burned and badly though not dangerously hurt.
"You saved my life," said Owens.
"Oh, don't speak of that," said Hughes. "What are we
here for, if not to help each other?"
From that day Hughes was known among his friends as the
"dynamite hero." The commission gave him a silver
medal and two hundred and fifty dollars for his
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