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Copenhagen Post, Friday 25th December 1970
Superstition Extinct, Death-Mine Still Breathing?
A worker at the North-Western Iron Mine, Greenland, is missing, presumed dead, as of midnight last night. Locals fear foul play.
Mining now forms the largest single industry in Greenland. At 16 years old, the North-Western Iron Mine is a relatively new part of a larger complex, which also includes a lead operation, and is built on the site of an older mine, later converted into a military bunker, and finally closed in 1952.
The iron mine retains its excellent work record, in spite of the recent disappearance of an as yet unnamed worker. We have discovered that the man in question was a young labourer brought in from mainland Europe, possibly Denmark, and authorities on both sides of the Strait are currently attempting to contact any family he may have left behind.
The man disappeared ten days ago, and the mine foreman has now exercised his power to declare him 'presumed dead'. This decision, we are told, was not taken lightly: a full search of the mining operation was commissioned to no avail; without the appropriate equipment or transport, the man could not have survived on the surface.
Although superstition in Greenland has seen a decrease in popularity over the past years, some local inhabitants still claim that the land itself is cursed. This very paper ran a report, almost 40 years ago to the day, discussing high suicide figures for the area, but findings at the time were considered to be inconclusive.
Lars Jensen

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