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ICENTENARY OF MINER'SI SAFETY…

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CENTENARY OF MINER'S I SAFETY LAMP. HUMPHRY DAVY'S INVENTION TO I FIGHT FIRB-DAMP. Miners in the North are this week celebrating the centenary of the intro- duction of the Humphry Davy safety lamp, which was introduced on Jan. 10, 1816. Sir Humphry Davy's invention was really an outcome of the terrible calamity at Felling Colliery, Durham, on May 85, 1812, when 92 pitmen were killed by an, explosion The disaster aroused widespread sympathy, and the public clamoured for some insurance against its repetition, with the result that the Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Coal Mines was formed. The Rev. Robert Grey, then vicar of Bishop wear mouth, was one of the first members, and he invited Sir Humphry Davy, as the leading scientist of the period, to give this vital problem his attention. Davy began his experiments in the autumn of 1815, with fine gauze as an "explosive sieve, as he termed it in a letter to a Durham friend and had perfected them by Christmas. The first safety lamp was tried by a hardy band of pioneers in the workings of Hebburn-on-Tyne Colliery. The actual lamp then used i& one of the treasures of the Geological Museum, Jermyn-street, London. Prior to its introduction coal owners had spent tens of thousands of pounds in elabor- ate but unscientific devices to elimin- ate the risk of explosions from fire- damp. âââ âââ

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