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FATAL COLLIERY EXPLOSION. An explosion of fire damp took p'ace in a coliierv at Pember. ton, near Wigan, on Friday evening last, by which no less than ten'lives have been sacrificed, and six other c jlliers have been placed on beds of suffering, wi'h scarcely a possibility cf re- covery. The colliery is that called Norley Hall, and is worked by the executors of the late Mr. Daglish, o; Pember- ton. The coal-bed is one of considerable extent, and belongs partly to Reece Bevan, Esq., and partly to the estate of the late Duke of Bridgwater but Mr. Daglish had power only to lake the coal to the boundaries of Mr. Bevan's estate. The coa field is worked by means of two shafts at Nodey Hall, of about 480 feet deep, the piincipal workings running north and east. Between JO and 60 men and buys had descended to weik on Friday morning, properly provided with Davy lamps, and proceeded with their work up to about three o'clock in the afternoon. Part of the colliers then left, the boys and some others employed as drawers being left to get out the loose coal. LTpwards of 30 persons thus remained, chiefly boys, and about half-past three o'clock the explosion of fire damp occurred. The cause is not known, the rules of the colliery being strict, that no one shall unlock their lamps. It is be- lieved to have ignited at workings close to the boundaries of the eastern fdoce of the coal, where the colliers having driven their levels up to the coal belonging to the Bridgwater estate, had turned back, leaving'the roof to fail in, forming, what col- liers ca'l the goaf. In these places a good deal of gas usually collects, and as this coal is of a very bituminous character, wiih cannel underneath, there is usua'ly a considerable quan. tity of it. The distance from the bottom of the down shaft was about 2,250 feet. The explosion took place with a loud report, and a cloud of dust was b'own out at the top of the shaft, which gave no'ice to the banksmen. No time was lost in rescuing as many of the poorfellows as were ab'eto find their way to the bottom of the shaft, and many of these were found to be fearfully burnt. A number of the colliers, how- ever, had been killed by the force of the explosion—one of them, a boy named Thomas Hitchen, aged 14, having his head nearly severed from the body; and o hers had been over- powered by the after-damp or sulphur, so that it was necessary to search the workings without delay. Mr. Wm. Twiss, over- looker, and Mr. Moses Cuerton, underlooker, of the mine, were fortunately at the offices near the pit, aud descended with as little delay as possible. Afler great risk and suffer- ing;, the relief parties sent forward succeeded in rescuing several persons in a s'ate of insensibility, but who were alive, from various parts of the !cve!s. They a'so removed the bodies of the dead. Bv a late hour in the evening three dead bodies had been removed from the mine of persons who had been killed, six others of the sufferers were dead on Saturday evening, and another died on Sunday morning.

Kossuth at St. Louis, America.