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OUR WORLD-WIDE EMPIRE.

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PARISH COUNCILS. ' .

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I;.'-.'1..-,{ ALAS, POOR JUNG!"

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OLD MANCHESTER MERCHANTS.

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QUEEN LILIUOKALANI. ;

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THE ENGLISH TONGUE.

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SHOT FIRING IN MINES.

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SHOT FIRING IN MINES. Reports to the Home Secretary on the circum- stances attending an explosion which occurred in the Blackwell "A" Winning Colliery, near Alfreton, Derbyshire, on November 1], 181)5, by Mr. Chester Jones, barrister-at-Iaw, and Mr. Arthur H. Stokes, her Majesty's inspector of mines, have been issued as a Parliamentary paper. Seven persons lost their lives owing to the explosion. Mr. Chester Jones states that the conclusion he drew from the whole of the evidence adduced at the inquest was that the ex- plosion was due in some measure to the management failing to recognise the dangerous character of tlt,) main haulage road in the event of a shot being fired on it. The opinion seemed to have prevailed that, the road in question was not dry and dusty to an 1 extent to necessitate the watering and other precau- tions-enjoined by General Rule 12; and that these precautions were necessary was proved by the event. He thinks, however, there is considerable excuse for the view taten by the management, and cannot advise that a prosecution could he instituted with irealonable-cumce of success. Mr. Stokes comes to the conclnsicn that the primary cause of the 810n,vas the firing of a shot on the dry and dusty party of a main haulage road of the mine, and hoi strongly advises managers to restrict the use of ex- plosives as far .as possible in all mines, and to dis- pense with,the use of gunpowder in all dry and dustv, parts of a mine, even though such mine be worked with naked lights.

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CURIOUS SURGICAL OPERATION.

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