The report of the South Shields committee

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Page 4 - Dudley coal field is of limited extent, and in the present mode of working it, more than two-thirds of the coal is wasted and left in the mine. If we look to Whitehaven, or Lancashire, or to any of the minor coal fields in the west of England, we can derive little hope of their being able to supply London and the southern counties with coal, after the import fails from Northumberland and Durham. We may thus anticipate a period not very remote, when all the English mines of coal and ironstone will...
Page 60 - ... sur ces établissemens est souvent la cause de leur ruine : elle occasionne au moins toujours de plus grandes dépenses; d'ailleurs elle prive les consommateurs et les fabriques qui s'alimentent de ces produits : dans certaines circonstances même , elle peut compromettre le service de l'Etat. Une obligation essentielle qui doit aussi être énoncée aux actes de concession et permissions, et dont les exploitans éclairés sentiront bien toute l'importance, c'est celle d'avoir des plans et coupes...
Page 4 - There are many valuable beds of coal in the western part of the west riding of Yorkshire which are yet unwrought; but the time is not very distant when they must be put in requisition, to supply the vast demand of that populous manufacturing county, which at present consumes nearly all the produce of Its own coal mines. In the midland counties, Staffordshire possesses the nearest coal district to the metropolis, of any great extent; but such is the immense...
Page 17 - that the Davy lamp has been found by experiment, and in practice, to explode the external gas, by the passage of the flame through the gauze, and that a dangerous contingency is produced when the lamp is hot, to which it is peculiarly liable, no doubt can remain that it has been the cause of some of the hitherto unaccountable accidents which have occurred...
Page 67 - Si l'exploitation compromet la sûreté publique , la conservation des puits, la solidité des travaux, la sûreté des ouvriers mineurs ou des habitations de la surface, il y sera pourvu par le préfet, ainsi qu'il est pratiqué en matière de grande voirie et selon les lois.
Page 26 - M. Gossart, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Mons, in his report on the Safety lamp, states, — " That a director of the works having descended into the Colliery of Tapatouts with a lamp, of which the base of the cylinder,
Page 73 - Attempts should be made to irritate the pituitary membrane with the feather end of a quill, which should be gently moved in the nostrils of the insensible person, or stimulated with a bottle of volatile alkali put under the nose.
Page 69 - Government, or other competent authority or court, who, on hearing the merits of the question, should have power to order, under a penalty, their complete or modified execution. Such inspecting officers would aid greatly in bringing the whole mining system, with the co-operation of the better education of the young mining officers, into the best condition that the peculiarities of the various districts are capable of receiving; and so the country and humanity would be largely benefited by the results.
Page 66 - ... interference with the exercise of private rights, and with the management of individual property, has much to recommend it; and, in fact, has been strongly urged to be put in practice in Great Britain, whose coal mines, so vital to her strength and prosperity, it seems surprising should so long have been left entirely to the unassisted efforts of individuals, without organization or even the supervision of the State.
Page 4 - Dudley coal-field is of limited extent; and in the present mode of working it, more than two-thirds of the coal is wasted and left in the mine. If we look to Whitehaven or Lancashire, or to any of the minor coal-fields in the west of England, we can derive little hope of their being able to supply London and the southern counties with coal, after the import of coal fails from Northumberland and Durham.

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