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MERTHYR TYDFIL.

Recognition of the Honour…

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 1896.

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THE TYLOIWTOWN DISASTER.

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THE TYLOIWTOWN DISASTER. THE "ONE TN A THOUSAND" A DOWLAIS MAX. CLOSE OF THE INQUEST. On Tuesday the inquest, conducted by Coroner R. J. Rhys, having lasted for seven days, was concluded, tlie following being tho jury's verdict W e are of opinion that the cause of the explosion was the tiring of a shot in gas in Daniel W illiams' road in No. 8 Pit, and that tho air passing through the faces was charged with gavS and probably came in contact with a film of gas in Daniel Williams' road, and the explosion was also accelerated by coil dust. Wc also are of opinion that no one now living is responsible for the explosion." The following rider was added :— We recommend that a competent man be appointed to fire all the shots—one on each shift. We are of opinion that a practical and competent overman be appointed to have sole charge of the night shift in each pit. We were surprised to understand by the evidence given thather Majesty's inspectors have not madea thorough and systematic inspection of No. 8 Pit during the past fifteen months, and we also recommend that practical working men be appointed as assistant inspectors of mines." Readers of the Cardiff dailies will have noticed, 111 the reports of the sad disaster at Tvlorstown, that a man named Williams, whose narrow escapo from death surprised every one, has been referred to as one in a thousand." On Friday last our reporter was at Dowlais, and called at the residence of Alderman Evan Lewis to inquire after the health of that gentle nian. Much to his surprise and delight the pressman found that Mr. Lewis had so much recovered from his dangerous illness that lie was able to be downstairs. After congratulating the Alderman upon his improve- ment in health, and a laugh at the rumours which were spread abroad to the effect that ho had shuffled off this mortal toil, conversation drifted to the disaster at Tylorstown. I knew the man in a thousand well," remarked the Alderman. He is the son of the late Mary and William Williams, of Broad-street, Dowlais. There were five sons, and their career will be verv interesting to your readers. The sons were Edward, Thomas, David, Roderick, and Rees Williams. Each of them has met with accidents underground with the exception of Rees. Edward lost his leg in a pit, David lost his life underground, Thomas emigrated to America, Rees went to Liverpool and travelled for a firm of which he is now a partner, the China and India Tea Company, and they have branches in London, Liverpool, Paris, and, in fact, all the world over. About 33 years ago Roderick Williams, the one in a thousand," worked with :ue as a miner in I< rancis Pit, Dowlais. Of course, you know I started life as a miner. We worked together for many years. Roderick then left Dowlais, and went to Griffiths Thomas' Pit at the Mardy, and was in the Mardy Pit when that terrible explosion occurred. His bravery was very conspicuous at that time. I then lost sight of him tor a time, the first time for years, and now I am proud to learn that lie is the very man who has shown eo much conspicuous bravery at Tylorstown the man in a thousand.' I consider lie deserves the Albert medal at least, and that his fellow-workmen and the public fenerally should not allow his bravery to pass unrewarded." Speaking of his indisposition, Mr. Lewis said he «'^>t for about nine hours the previous night--the first wink he had had for 6ver four week-. He felt his chbt even better than before, but the rheumatic fever had caused him to sutler severely. I hope that before long," said Mr. Lewis, you will seo 1110 well enough to resume my part in pubiio affairs, and to thank my friends who have eo kindly called upon me in my severe illnes?."

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