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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 11, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE SIX THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1914 GAS EXPLOSION SPREAD BY DUST CAUSED THE HILLCREST DISASTER tCONTiNl Kf'FROM PAGi: s). It is true ihni ii momli uv moro liefort^ tho disaster liic %-c'VO not so good. KvidoiUr was Lrivrn liiat n'i\\ollin;j i-'aiis. lliat is the fxisiojifc of siifli all .�inioiin: i>t' Ha,- in ilic vcnlilaiini,'' ciirri'nt as woulil show a flame in iv trsi witli n salV'iy lamp, woro found. l>ii! ihis i'on-ililioii was liofort' iho driving' tlirinig!i of liooni "I. and upon thr roniiiK'-tioii (if lliat work, ihis condition was vomodiod. -"^inco iliai linu'. and 11)) to tile time of the tiisaster, (luie hail i^een no etnnplaints on i'u' part of tlie men, nor had there Inoii anyiiiiiiLT thai would iiidieiiti' any unsat is-j of liie factory roudilieii in the venljhitioii of ihc uiiue. The report of the;diist a J'ii ('wmmittee. ropreseiiiine- i'.ie niiiH'r.-, made on the ISth of Mav. jr,st|iii the appear to be auythiiiEr in eoniifoiion with the inaiia;xeni(Md of the mine, nor in the eare taken by tlie eomjiany in its ojioratioiis tlial eould have h'd or eontribuled in any way to the disaster. The initial eause of the explosion does not ap])ear io he aseeriainnhle. -..... - - .1 have, almost in the outset, of thi.s report, mentioned the ordinary eausy the ignition of tnd that dust ))layed a considerable part if not ihe gn\d(-st. part explosion. The finding of a verv considerable amount of coked the veuiilatiou go(Hl |Co;;! dust was one of the facts that was relied upon by these who advanced the otTect that i this latter tlieory and in view of the result of the tt'sis of ihe dust. 1 to had therefoi'e n mniilh hcfore liie disaster, sets out. that they fouiul and uciieral cond.itiotts gooi1. and the evivleiue is between liial time and iiie time of the disaster, there were no cireum-| think this view is the most reasonable one to adopt, stances iha; would lead anv one to believe that the eoiiditioti of tb.e mine' It is impossible also to deterniin,- the .seat or place >�{ cTigiii of the ill the meaiuiuu\ undergone anv change. Xoiwithstanding the fact explosion, ilr. Fraser expressed the opitiion that ii occurred in the that the svsiem of ventilation is. as 1 ba\e said before, in a workings above Number '2 South Level, but he is unable to point out luimber of details open to criticism, the evidence mav arise from the fact that the been led u)i siiliiiirntly to tiie faces of t! the air current is nor conducted suilicieutl sway the gas. Anunng this nispeet.on a test is made lor gas. and the L.xammer makes a , ^^.j^^,^, ^^^.j-^^^^-^^^^^^^ ^j^^ ^ , ^^.^^^ report as to the condition ol the rei>ort being recorded in a , , ji,, of which is unasccrtainable. book kept for that ptirpose and a copy ot this nyport is p^^^ nmm-ai-j j,,.^ explosion being augmented bv the ionition of dusi throuLrhout the flielv m a conspicuous place at the mine, lue last msi>ectiun ot i'"*|,m'm, o . ^ nature, made before the explosion x^'hs by the Kxamuier, William AdUm | :utUough the cause of the explosion eannot be determined, a eon-vho wen. into ihe mine about ten minuies to tour and came ou, at ^ ^.^^^^.^ ^^^^^^ eireunlstances brought out bv ihe evidence fwenty niimites past six o cIock on tne morning hat the er_occurred. ^j^^. certain recommendatioi^ whidi il is submitted. Jiis report showed tae presenc. ni gas ,n .vorkmg places. .'. o 1 1. ^^^^^^^ ^ attond.ant b and -lo. Ot tiiese places. and 1. are in the workings ot ; operation of this mine. Most of these have alreadv been sug- �� Satisfies A The Longing "IT for a Perfect Xl Cup of Coffee ECT OF WILD AXIS d o and -io i^;^^,, j, ThiV report." accordance,- _^.r,,Hon has bee - ' the ' Number I Xortli Level. T and S in Nuiuiier 3 South Level, and in Number South '\jc\c\. The Examiner .swears that in vith liis duties in that regard he fenced off these places so .that ininers would not co into them until the gas had been cleared out. It the brattices, s po The gives or give the orders based upon tho report of the Examiner avIio has ! just made his inspection. Tlie lamps of the brattice men are examined i ^..^j bv th.e Examiners who have gone mi dittv, aid in this case John Irou-i;, been ctillcd to the fact that the Number i fan tvas M-ithout direct stipervi.-;ion. for about half an hour before the occurrence personal supervision. The question of shot-iiriug in the mine has also been alreadv dis-kI. It is suggested that, nntil the danger from dust in this" mine! 1 -111 J.- .1 1 � 1 1'* considerablv reduced, shot-iTrimr should be either discontinued cuitirclvi monger swears that he examined the lamps ot the brattice men when j j,,^^^ ^1,^, j^^^,,^ j,^ ;vithdrawii from the mine durin ' ' ' such tiriiiL A recomniendatioii in regard to the search of" the employees. at going into the mine. It is. 1 think, only fair to assume that tb.e brattice men on this moruina!s tor maiclics. pipes and touncco. has I uniler-tand .ircidvi the brattices so as to rid the mine oi the mis inilieaied m the Lxanuuer s m,,,, ,,,i-, i,. ii,, '',- .  ^''n- 'h'Cauy 14- 1 1 � . 1 1 i "i � 1 � T � � 1 -  '�^cn made 1)\ Jie t oroner s turv. m connoetion wuii i ih disaster It! report. It the brattice men attended to their duties, and it is on v talr^-.,, i,,. ,,,i,. � x, ,f, , mi uj..tsiii. il, , ' ,, , ,, .  , , � . ,  . r-nn ne onl". added rtuiL a\iiere the perr^onnl cfinatKin uui^t be so arn-elv; to assume they would do so. the mine with the exception ot the raises, ., f,p,.,,. ;,: > f , , ,-, , ' ' ,1111 Ti 4- 1 Vi\,-\ pings ill this luiiic were of the,.same cbaraet'.'r as arc n.-ed in \\v luine.. throughoiit-'tlie \^estenl Provitice.';. Tliero is, noihin;; in ihe c.idcncc to lead me to the coneJusion that if the .stoppings had been of a diU'crcm, character the oile/it of the ei-plosiou woti]rc> all other IJliie Ilibbon Coodi', guaranteed to K'.^e p.^rtect s;alisfaotiou. GENERAL VON BERNHARDI Well known author of the book en-; titled "Germany and th.2 Next War," I which makes very riood reading, and Is very popular st the present tirns. He has been describe:! as "the lending exponent of Gorman militarism." About Your Windows How Do They Compare With Your Nglghbour^^^ \SV arc here In yon witli oiif liir