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WEDDING BELLS AT PONTARDAWE.

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DEATH OF MRS. RODERICK, LLWYNBERLLAN.

A CURE FOR ASTHMA.

NEATH LICENSING DAY,

HAVE YOU INDIGESTION ?

DEPOSITING ASHES IN A LANE

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PARLIAMENT OPENS.

- THE KING'S rjtECH.

WOOLWICH SHAKEN.

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WOOLWICH SHAKEN. TERRIFIC EXPLOSION AT THE ARSENAL. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. The Press Association's Woolwich corres- pondent telegraphs:— At 3.15 ac Monday morning a terrific explosion occurred in the chemical research department attached to Woolwich Arsenal. So great was the force of the concussion that the town was shaken., while the plate glass windows of about fifty shops in one road were shattered, be- sides those of many private rcsiideccee ia the neighbourhood. Within a few minutes the streets were alive with people hurrying to the axmnal gates, where it was quickly ascertained from the officials in charge that an explosion bad occurred in the danger zone on Plumatead Marches, and a little later Major Deacis, superintendent of the Royal Laboratory* who, with other officers, had made a haety journey to the scene of the accident, an- nounced there had beeu no loss of life and: not a single case of injury, for the fortunate reason that, being Sunday, tiuane ww £ no night shift engaged in the chemical depart- ment. The only persons working in the ar* senal at the time were men attending to the boilers in another part of the efftafcihh-i ment some distance away. The explosion was accompanied by a vivid sheet of flame, a.nd almost snnultaffiieocsly a small gasometer in the arsenal gas works blew up. Police patrolling the danger aone appear to have had narrow escapes. One policeman patrolling in OMMtfeet was mueh cut about the face and body by flying glass, but no other personal injuries are reported. Many people living in the neighbouiitood ooosicbeir the cspi- pares very closely with the great ptagazioe accident which occurred IIOImI8 years ago. The cause of the explosion has not been as- certained. A later message says the explosion will not interfere with the employment of any. of the men in the chemical rcpearoh depart- ment. The explosion caused more damage to property in Woolwich than any pre- viously. Fully half the shops mm} private houses in High-street, Plumsiead, had win- dows broken, and in aU many hnadrnds .1 buildings were affected. The eternal suffered considerably, especially -where thæe was glass work. Policemen have been brought into Wool- wich from the adjoining stations tc look after property, as in some cases mods fell through the shattered shop windows feyto th* streets. The explosion was heaxd at a distance of four or five miles. The men employed in the danger build- ing of Woolwich Arsenal have been sent back to their honnes and toid then will be ro work for them to-day. ThMe or four hi .ncred men are said to be affected. Houses in Glen side, Ceres, Banaies ,nd Bannockburn roads are almost wrecked. Some houses in the former road have win- dows, doors, window frames and green* houses blown to pieces. STOUT BUILDING BLOWN TO PIECHS8. A "Star" reporter, who accompanied police to the scene of the explosion, sawort the way pieces of masonry of various Bines, some of several hundredweights, yUnt in the road. The lane of broken masonry, he says, led us to a yawning hole in the ground. At first sight it seemed as if the earth had opened up and swallowed a building. Groping oar way about we at last found that the strongest building of the Ohemiea1 Research block had disappeared. It bad stood inside a stout earthwork. and was officially marked as a danger building. The roof and sides of the building must have been scattered into fragments at the first shock, which also carried away part of the earthwork, besides tearing a huge hole in the ground. The rest of the buildings in the block were found to have been severely damaged, all windows and doors were gone. and holes torn in the walls. The damage, estimated at a minimus, must be ten thousand pounds, but it wili probably run to double that figure. Nothing is known as to the cause of the disaster. It is thought to be due to the accumulation of gas or gases.

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