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DEATHS FROM MINING EXPLOSIONS…

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DEATHS FROM MINING EXPLO- SIONS IN 1891. THE USE OF NAKED LIGHTS. It appears that the number of deaths in Great Britain from mining explosions in 1891 was the lightest yet recorded in any one year since the 11 list was first published, in 1851, although in the course of the last 40 years the quantity of coal raised has been more than doubled, whilst col- lieries have been sunk a depth almost unknown a quarter of a century ago. Taking the last year, the deaths directly resulting from explosion of gas in mines were only about 43, against 290 in 1890 and 138 in 1889. In February two men were killed at the Bemish Pit, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Naked lights were used, as the pit was considered to be a non-fiery one. But the most serious ex- plosion took place in the first half of the year, when ten men were killed at the Apedale Col- liery, in North Staffordshire. Blasting was carried on, and one of the shots not going off led to the catastrophe. The jury, in returning their verdict, expressed the opinion that the manage- ment had been most lax and neglige1**1. Five or six minor explosions took place up to the end of June, by which six lives were lost. In July one man was killed at the Home Colliery,near Ponty- -n pridd, while there was also one death from art explosion in August at the Rose Colliery, Hamil- ton two at Glass Houghton, near Lieeds,^ where naked lights were used and two each at Aber- canaid and Caerphilly. But the most serious explosion of the half-year took place on the last day of August at a colliery near Bristol, when ten lives were lost. The jury returned a verdict that the deaths were caused by an explosion, the gas firing at a naked light carried by a workman. Near Wolverhampton a man was killed by a candle with which he was working falling into a powder-box, and four men were suffocated from the effects of a fire in a gob at a colliery near Manchester. It will be seen from the above resume that naked lights had a great deal to do with the few explosions which took place in 1891, so that most of the deaths arising from them may well be considered as really preven- tible.

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CARMARTHENSHIRE STEEPLE-CHASES.

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ABERCARN POLICE COURT.

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PRESENTATIONS AT CWMBKAN.

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LIFE-BOAT SERVICES IN 1891.

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