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THE INQUEST.

..V'V V - Xbyblecthio telegraph.) / V -^/KAITANGATA, MONDAY. V enquiry into the cause of the death of the men killed at the explosion was resumed i- tQ-day^bpforaMr.Carew, R.M., coroner*^ v -Oh "Saturday "the whole of the bbdies~btifc: those of A. Jarvie and A.Hpo'ge.are, identified/These two were/identified tb-day. The principal evidence V was. that of- Edward .Twining, a mining surveyor holcling a * certificateVi* He - described at length the workings; /oft- the/mine/ and that it was, on the whole, well ventilated, although it vvasppen to improvement, as he had pointed out. He had also taken exception to there beiug only one, outjet tpvth'e. mine': and he had recommended tbem/to dHve another tunn el to tie new workings, which' was/being/done. Theny -in ,cpntinuation,Vhe said, ' * 1 have never seeiva mine of this /extent ;and description; worked with a single outlet 1 ; the air. pit. or shaft, I -do not consider an .outlet; -as'iit -is -• now. At home it is compulsory^tp have two outlets, and in eveiy mine where 'nine adults or more are engaged the Y more /outlets '-tfie better. So far as I knovv- of the' workings I thought it proper to have/ahbther outlet^; ; l thought, it necessary tp make ,, the mine perfectly safe.y ''j- consider, it is /ripfra safe/system, of ventilation that - jdepeiids pn !.the Use ' .of brattice work in. the front iof new'workings. Brattice/ wbrkV Vis ;' good so -long as nothing happened; .jbut/y there f should be something more' '•; /subst&htial/V Barometers, are, obliged to /b^yused under the hew Apt ; in.the'pld/counS*y, : one/ in the mine and /apothCT-.pjifii^e' -surf ace, sp;.as/'to compare them ; , /the' barpmeter ih'dicat^_//bad' air by sh'6\Ving the 'pi*essufe 6f' , 'the' I 'atifi6sphere. When thei;e i^ti^{ispicion of float- - ing -abputj it : is 1 certaihly ; prober' to have locked'laiups. or ; safety lamps.. , A /fortnight : br/threp; weeks ago T' was' /'told' there was a little fire damp in the south side of the new "workings./ I forget./ whether "it was "Wm/ Hodge or Beardsmore, the fireman, who, told. We were all three together ;"at the time. I . wanted; togo. into the ney .. working, -and •hiring that ihere was ;&e-damb/thei:e,Vto6k ; a Davy lanip to see, but I f ound; r^oue. V That . ; *Wjsiß the first I, heard of damp/Vlihsid-been toi|t previously, that / there was Mopfe; f /*-I was ; hot " awar£ of any /previous f accident : in. this/ mine, either from damp or^ dtfiferwise; Mr / Cox, who, I iinderstood>V*#^ r the(^Vemm^^ assistant geologist, /andMpßjhme^^^ft I be- rlieve to", be;: Government coal inspector, arranged- , to; <meeVme at the /mine oh February Ist. / 1 met~--Mr Cox Vat the mine/and -undei'stppdrthati Mr Oßinnes drew "' Q^tcß^^.fo?.^ 16 gmdapce.pf thejihanager so /that: the" mm^ Itis'Un advantage tb ; fiave straight: drives, as the mine angles cause greater friction^' and chance of ventilation ." ■"■•-;■ -~ J - — V By a juror— There was/ quite sufficient air going through the- mi^^tpyentilate the whole works, if r travelling- ii_ iSe, right .direction. .1 told:*Hbdge'it wohld not db'to^ dispense %i% Vthe/furpaceVat the air /pit unless they had-% I if an. "there was always' a good ifrsi^th_ fur/nacpsofar asl^knew.V ///,- :Y'x- /.yy ./ // '^Rober't Grigor' land survef df'-Vlwas also'eic- ; ;amined, and the inquest" was adjourned. V; .os- y \x"i,\v.-x-ii.---v,r.:\

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THE INQUEST., Southland Times, Issue 3333, 25 February 1879

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THE INQUEST. Southland Times, Issue 3333, 25 February 1879

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