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[Piui Umteo Press Association.]

WELLINGTON. October 23.

Tin' Commission , of Inquiry into the Huutly mining disaster sat, in Wellington to-dav.

Evidence was given by Percy Gates Morgan, Director of Geological Survey in New Zealand, and formerly director of the Waihi .School of Mines. He concurred with the opinions, already expressed that there was a considerable, emission of liredamp from the fall in No. 5 bord previous lo the explosion; that- this, mixed with air, was ignited by Martin, whose body was found in (he adjoining bord, and thatthe resulting gats .explosion was continued as a coal-dust explosion to the haulage road, whence it reached past- No. 6 cabin in one direction and to the top of the main shaft in another direction. jt seemed probable that there was a comparatively large body of h'redamp in No. 5 bord at the time of the explosion. Some of this would be too pure I<> explode, whilst some, largely by diffusion, would have formed an explosive mixture with the air present. Hords 4, 5, and 6 were on or near the summit of the, small dome or short anticline structure known to all with oilfield experience as favoring an accumulation of gas in the strata. It was therefore probable that the, strata immediately above these bords contained a large amount of inflammable gas under pressure, and that this was liberated previous to and after the explosion by cracks or fissures communicating with tho fall in No. 5 bord. Jt was /Aident that any similar donies or anticlines in the Waikato coal mines ought to be regarded as potentially dangerous unless the contrary was proved. The. hypothesis advanced that there was a connection, between the'seismic disturbances and the colliery disaster remained unproved, and had found little acceptance. Witness recommended experimental tests of coal dusts from all the New Zealand mines and a frequent analysis of the mine fir, one or more rescue apparatus stations, and increased opportunity of technical education for all classes of miners.

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THE HUNTLY EXPLOSION, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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THE HUNTLY EXPLOSION Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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