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DREADFUL COLLIBBY ACCIDENT.I

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DREADFUL COLLIBBY ACCIDENT. On Friday an accident of almost lamentable character occurred at the Court-house Pits, Kingswinford, about three miles from the town of Stourbridge, and the property of Mr. Benjamin Gibbons. It appears from inquiries made upon tha spot that during the whole of Thursday the engine was engaged in pump- ing the water out of the suusph" or well, at the bot- tom of the shaft, in which the water from the work- inga ia collected. While the work of the pit i? going on the "Bomph" ia covered with strong planks. It was the duty ol James isrooks and Thomas Mars a to take the planks down to cover the sumph in the pit in question; and about a quarter to six they proceeded to do' so. They stepped on the cage, and the baiaksman gave the word to the engine tender to lower the two men. The j engine had made but one revolution whan a jerk was heard, followed immediately by the dreadful sound of the cage, planks, and men crashing down the shaft. The jerk that was heard proved to be the parting of the hook by which the cage waA attached to the pit chain. The depth of the pit is 150 yards, and, as may readily be believed, the bodies of the un. fortunate men were found in a fearfully mangled con- dition. It is no exaggeration to say they were literally dashed to pieces; the fragments had to be collected in bags. Brooks's body was much the worst, he being a heavy man. His skull was fractured; one of hIS feet hung only by a piece of skin, his legs were broken, and the viscera of the abdomen were found in the sumph." Both men have left wives and families, I but the family of Brooks who was 52 years of age, are I mostly grown up. Marsh, was only 27, and his three children are all young.

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