Story of the Springhill disaster: comprising a full and authentic account of the great coal mining explosion at Springhill mines, Nova Scotia, February 21st, 1891, including a history of Springhill and its collieries ...

Front Cover
R. A. H. Morrow, 1891 - Coal mines and mining - 311 pages

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 119 - Lo, humbled in dust, I relinquish my pride: From doubt and from darkness thou only canst free,* " And darkness and doubt are now flying away, No longer I roam in conjecture forlorn. So breaks on the traveller, faint, and astray, The bright and the balmy effulgence of morn. See Truth, Love, and Mercy, in triumph descending, And nature all glowing in Eden's first bloom! On the cold cheek of Death smiles and roses are blending, And Beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.
Page 307 - And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
Page 245 - Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy, and shall break^ in blessings on your head.
Page 77 - And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
Page 149 - Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.
Page 237 - ... or other process, a land surface was once more formed, and covered with a dense mass of plants, which in course of time decayed, sank, and became overlaid with silt and sand as before. At length, thick masses of stratified matter would accumulate, producing great pressure, and this, acting along with chemical changes, would gradually mineralize the vegetable layers into coal.
Page 265 - ... laid. On one side of you is a wall, built up with pieces of slate and bony coal and the refuse of the mine, on the other you can reach out your hand and touch the heavy wooden props that support the roof, and beyond the props there is darkness, or if the rib of coal is visible it is barely distinct. Up at the face there is a scene of great activity. Bare-armed men, without coat or vest, are working with bar and pick and shovel, moving the fallen coal from the face, breaking it, loading it into...
Page 265 - ... coat or vest, are working with bar and pick and shovel, moving the fallen coal from the face, breaking it, loading it into the mine car which stands near by. The miners are at the face prying down loose pieces of coal. One takes his lamp in his hand and flashes its light along the black, broken, shiny surface, deciding upon the best point to begin the next drill hole, discussing the matter with his companion, giving quick orders to the laborers, acting with energy and a will. He takes up his...
Page 310 - The apparatus on which coal is hoisted iu a shaft. Cartridge pin. A round stick of wood on which the paper tube for the cartridge is formed. Cave-hole. A depression at the surface, caused by a fall of roof in the mine. Chain pillars. Heavy pillars of coal, lining one or both sides of the gangway, and left for the protection of that passage. Chamber. See Breast. Chestnut coal. One of the regular sizes of prepared anthracite. Choke damp. See After-damp. Cleavage. The property of splitting on a certain...
Page 271 - ... oppressive. One who has not this experience can have no conception of the lost feeling which comes to one in a deserted mine. On the surface of the earth there is not a time when the ear is not saluted by some noise, and where there is life there is motion ; but down in the bowels of the mother earth there is no life, no motion, no sound. The silence is not only oppressive but painful. It is like trying to live in an element not adapted to human life. Suppose you are not only in silence but darkness?...

Bibliographic information