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"In the technical jargon of Maritime coal-mining operations, a draegerman is a specially trained rescue worker. A draeger was a gas mask that permitted descent into tunnels where poisonous seepage had occurred." Casselman's Canadian Words Bill Casselman, 1995.
"To those who are unfamiliar with coal mining, it should be explained that a draegerman is a particularly skillful and robust young miner who has been specially trained in rescue work." The Atlantic Monthly #158, 1936.
July 16, 2013