----------ATTEMPTED OUTRAGE AT SOUTH SHIELDS.|1881-07-02|The Cardiff Times - Welsh Newspapers Online
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ATTEMPTED OUTRAGE AT SOUTH SHIELDS. FINDING A CANISTER OF EX- PLOSIVES. The discovery on Saturday of a canister of ex- plosive material, at the Tyne Plate-glass Works, caused great sensation in South Shields. It ap- pears that James Stewart, #foreman, while pre- paring the boiler fires for work, had to w eel some ashes to the end of the boiler-shed, and near to a large chimney stack he observed a canister lying in a hole right in the track of the wheel- barrow. The canister was so placed that the wheel would drop down upon it with force. Stewart picked it up, and took it into the works, where the canister, which was 5 inches long by about 3 in diameter,and weighed 2 lbs,was opened. It contained a quantity of substance resembling powder, a number of percussion caps, pieces of iron, and two bolts. When the nature of the contents was ascertained the men became alarmed., and the canister was given to Major Bevan, chief constable, who is investigating the affair. Where the canister was found is a gate leading from Oyster-street, where it would, if exploded, have destroyed a large chimney, and damaged the machinery in connection with the polishing sheds. The glass works is situate a short distance from the gasworks, and the motive of the party in placing the canister was malicious, and nothing connected with the glass company, and their work- men cannot account for the attempted outrage.