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SPONTANEOUS COMBUS- TION IN MINES. The Departmental Committee in- quiring into spontaneous combustion in mines has issued a first report. The committee have as yet little to say on the cause or causes of spontaneous com- bustion, or the means, if such can be devised, of preventing it, but they make some practical recommendations for safeguarding the lives of miners. They suggest that notification should be sent to the Inspector of Mines:â (1) When gob stink, smoke, or any other sign of combustion is ob- served (2) When the temperature of the air in any accessible part of a nune is 20 degrees Fahr. above the normal temperature, or where the temperature at such place attains to 110 degrees Fahr. (3) When any flash hw been observed coming from any pack or waste. When fire is suspected they aavise in- spection by the management and re- presentatives of the workmen, and where its existence is established, a.lo when the work of "damming is un- I dertaken, the withdrawal of al js the men in the particular seam alfec and in seams on the same level, from the mine. Fortunately the danger from spontaneous combustion is less general in South Wales than in other parts of the British coalfield, and the phenomenon is extremely rare in steam ?! mines. In the anthracite districts j the seams most liable are the Victoria and the Swansea Five Feet, or Llanelly Four Feet. For precautions designed to kill gob fires at their inception we must await a later report of the com- mittee.

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