§ On the Motion for Adjournment—
§ MR. RITCHIE
I take this opportunity of reading to the House telegrams which I have received, and which I told the House I would read. They are not at all satisfactory. The first telegram is from Mr. Robson, the mining inspector on the spot—Regret to report serious explosion at Universal Colliery, near Caerphilly, this morning about five o'clock. Seventy-eight men were supposed to be down at time. Two have been brought up, one alive. Explorations are proceeding, but up to present moment the fate of others is uncertain.The next telegram is from the mining inspector also, and is as follows:—The ventilation is being restored as fast as possible, but many large falls are impeding rapid 1208 progress. No more persons have been seen, and it is impossible to say when workings can be thoroughly explored. Plenty of willing helpers.The third message is a telegram from the managing director of the colliery, sent at five minutes past eight o'clock. The managing director says:—Mr. Robson, inspector of mines, and three assistants here. Every effort is being made to explore the underground workings, which are very badly damaged by force of explosion. Seventy men were down at time of explosion. One has been recovered alive and three bodies have been brought out. Have the gravest fears as to the fate of those still in the pit.
§ In pursuance of the Order of the House of the 23rd day of this instant May, Mr. Speaker adjourned the House without Question put.
§ Adjourned accordingly at five minutes after Twelve of the clock, till Thursday, 6th June.