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COAL DUST IN MINES.

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COAL DUST IN MINES. SHALL EXPERIMENTS BE MADE IN SOUTH WALES. The reply given by Mr. Asquith to Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P.'s question on Thursday last, whether the Home Office would cause experi- ments to be made in South Wales to illustrate the effect of coal dust in producing and inten- sifying explosions in mines, has caused <on- siderable dissatisfaction in mining circles. Mr. Asquith concurred with the opinion of the Royal Commission that no more experiments were necessary, but Mr. Thomas pointed out that these experiments had not been made in South Wales, and until the miners could see the results themselves they would not appre- cia-te the importance of the investigations made .Ive by Mr. Hall. In a subsequent conversation Mr. Asquith stated he had no objection to experiments being made in South Wales, pro- vided the expense was borne by the colliery proprietors of the miners' organisations who desired them. This is all very vo; ,l, and there is no doubt that both colliery owners and the miners' associations will readily con- tribute to any expense which may be necessary. Still, in a matter of such importance, and espe- cially after the melancholy occurrence at the Albion Colliery, we should have thoucht that the Government would have granted every facility to enable miners to witness the disas- trous consequences of coal dust explosions.

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