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THE AMERICAN CROPS.

THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN KING.

THE LATE KING OF THE BELGIANS.

FRENCH ORPHEONISTS -FROM FAR…

THE FATE OF DR. LIVINGSTONE.

AN EXCUSE FOR THE GLASS. --

THE WHITE NILE SLAVE TRADE.

THE OAKS COLLIERY EXPLOSION.

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THE OAKS COLLIERY EXPLOSION. During last week active operations were carried on in clearing the No. 1 shaft, and up to Friday upwards of 50 yards were got out, leaving about 120 more to be removed before the bottom is reached, so that in about three or four weeks it is expected the more serious work relating to the recovery of the bodies will be commenced. Much, however, will depend on the state in which the workings may be found. At the cupola shaft the water which covered the puddle at the top was found to have sunk about 40 yards. This some- what singular circumstance has been found to have been caused by the water having found its way into an old shaft which gave way some twenty years ago, and was filled up with loose rubbish. As the water will find its way into the workings, it may be of benefit in the event of there being any fire remaining, which is by no means likely, everything so far leading to the contrary opinion. The temperature of the mine, which is taken every hour, shows it to be much lower than that on the surface, never exceeding sixty degrees, so that everything is so far satisfactory, and leads to the belief that the work now in progress will not be interrupted until the clearing of the colliery-a very serious work-and the recovery of the bodies are ac- complished.

The BOYS on BOARD the "CHICHESTER."

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