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THE

COLLIERY MANAGER'S

HANDBOOK

COLLIERY MANAGER'S

THE

HANDBOOK

A COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE ON THE LAYING-

OUT AND WORKING OF COLLIERIES

A BOOK OF REFERENCE FOR COLLIERY MANAGERS

DESIGNED AS

FOR THE USE OF COAL-MINING STUDENTS PREPARING
FOR FIRST-CLASS CERTIFICATES

REESE LIBRARY

AND

OF THE

UNIVERSITY

CALIFORNIA

CALEB PAMELY

11

MINING ENGINEER AND SURVEYOR, MEMBER OF THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
INSTITUTE OF MINING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, AND MEMBER

OF THE SOUTH WALES INSTITUTE OF MINING ENGINEERS

BY

With nearly 500 Plans, Diagrams, and other Illustrations

Capio Lume

LONDON

CROSBY

LOCKWOOD AND SON

7, STATIONERS' HALL COURT, LUDGATE HILL

1891

[All rights reserved]

51181

LONDON:

BRADBURY, AGNEW, & Co. Limd., Printers, WHITEFRIARS.

PREFACE.

EVEN a slight acquaintance with the duties and responsibilities of a Colliery Manager will lead to the conclusion that he had need be almost omniscient within his own province. Besides his responsibility for satisfactory results in the openingout and working of a colliery, under the ever-varying conditions of coal-mining enterprise, there rests upon him a heavy legal as well as moral responsibility which no true man would wish to shirk, and in the discharge of which he has to prepare for that which happens more often, perhaps, in his career than in that of most professional men-viz., the unexpected. It becomes him, therefore, to fit himself beforehand in every possible way for the discharge of his onerous duties. In so doing he will have to acquire the rudiments of Geology, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering; a good deal more than the rudiments of Mechanical Engineering, Surveying, and Plan-making; and to make himself master of the mysteries comprised in the comprehensive terms Practical Mining and Ventilation. Further, he must be thoroughly versed in the obligations imposed upon him and his subordinates by the Acts of Parliament bearing on the subject of Coal Mining, and by the Special Rules in force in any given district.

The Author is well aware, after twenty years' experience, that the best and indeed the only satisfactory preparation for the efficient discharge of the duties of the Colliery Manager is that which is to be gained in the laborious school of experience; but he knows also that the wise use of a carefully prepared and comprehensive handbook-such as he ventures to believe the volume now in the reader's hand will be found to be-would have been to him an incalculable boon in the earlier years of his course, and hardly less so subsequently as a book

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