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SWANSEA COLLIERY I SENSATION. I INSPECTOR AND LOCAL MANAGERS. ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE AND MISCONDUCT. At the Swansea Guildhall., I,ll'. Ivor Bowren, K. C.. I fcorder of Swansea, ap- pointed by the Home Secretary, sat to en- quire into a reprfwntatíon made to him bv Mr. Dyer Lcwi? H.?L Inspector of I-es, that Mr. Thomas Jenkm Lewis, of Sketty-road, Killay, and Mr. V rank Hancock. of Old Bosford, Nottingham, were unfit to hold certificates as colliery managers by reason of gross negligence and wilful misconduct in incorrectly keeping RWu of the Clyne Valley Colliery, oi which tboy were managers in lease to Messrs. C,Imm,U, laird and Co. Mr. Villiers Meager (instructed by Mr. Jdward powell, solicitor, Neath) appeared for the Home Office, on behalf of Mr. Dyer Lewis. Defendant T. J. Lewis was repre- sented by Mr. W. Keushole, solicitor, Aberdare, and the defendant Hancock was represented by Mr. Berry man, solicitor, oi Nottingham, and his local agents, Messrs. Alfred Curtis and Son, solicitors, Neath. At the outset defendants' solicitors ex- plained that they were given to understand that the caM would be :idjoumea, and they W not their counsel present. Mr. Ivcr Bowen said he was there as Re- corder at the request of the Home Oftice, convened for thif, date, and he was sorry, but the case must proceed. He would help the defendants' solicitors as much as he could bv allowing cross-examination to be ra»<?rv&d. N NT. Meager proceeded to open the case, ajid read the leases under which Messrs. Cammeil, La.ird and Co. held the colliery as lessees from Sir Robert Morris, Bart., and pointed out that under the lease a harrier of coal was reserved under Sketty Park Man- sion. Later, however, certain deeds were entered into which gave permission to drive headings through the barrier to connect the workings, but no permif-sion was given for the working of the coal. The complaint was that the coal was actually Worked under the house, but this fact was not shown on the plans. Mr. T. J. Lewis was manager from 1909 to 1914, and Mr. Hancock was in charge from that time until the colliery was abandoned in September, 1915. At this time the falsifi- cation of the plans was detected by reason of the fact that upon the colliery being abandoned a certificate cf the correctness of the working plans had to be sent to the Home Office. This certificate was not forth- coming, and subsequently a claim was made upon Messrs. Cammell, Laird, who had to pay Sir Robt. Morris JB7,000 damages for trespass. Counsel stated that neither Messrs. CammelL Laird, nor Sir Robert Morris were awara that the coaJ was being worked under the barrier, and he suggested that the reason for such working was in ordeir that defendants might keep the col- liery going for a longer period than the loasees proposed, and therefore keeping them in their positions as managers. In order th&t the incorrectness of the plans could not be detected, it was further suggested that a. fall of coal was caused by one of the de- fendants. Mr. Dyer Lewis, H.M. Inspector of Mines, gave evidence, and said that about 23,000 tons of coal had been atra.cted from the fcwnrier- t. c Mr. Byng Morris, agent to Sir Robert Morris, produced certain correspondence and plana.. > Mr. Henry T. Wales, mining engineer, who had been called in to report when the dis- crepancies as to the workings were found out, gave evidence in much detail, and said that defendant Lewis led him to understand that the coal in the reserved area was worked during Mr. Hancock's management of the colliery. Mr. Henry Davie?, under-rnanager, gave evidence of coal having been worked in this arm during Mr. Lewis' management, and said that a fall had been "drawn" by him on Mr. Lewis' instructions so as to prevent Mr. D. W. A. SaunderS, the then mineral agent of Sir Robert Morris, having access to those particular workings. The hearing was further adjourned till January 29th. i j._

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