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- Edition: March 10, 1882 March 10, 1882
An explosion, attended with loss of life, occurred at Hanley on Monday
morning. A hairdresser's family named COOKE retired to rest as usual on Sunday
night, and about half past two next morning the neighbourhood was startled
by a loud report, followed by heartrending screams.
It was discovered that a quantity of fireworks stored in the house had
exploded and set it on fire. Immediate efforts were made to rescue the
unfortunate family, but before this was accomplished they were all more or less
injured, and two daughters succumbed immediately after their removal from the
A meeting of the Lord's Committee on the Irish Land Act was held on
Tuesday, Earl CAIRNS presiding. The proceedings were private. The only witness
examined was Mr. GODLEY, secretary to the Irish Land Commission, and his
evidence, it is stated, was solely of a formal nature.
Colonel MILES, the Conservative candidate, was returned to Malmesbury on
Tuesday, to supply the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. POWELL, the voting
being Mr. MILES, 491; Mr. LUCE, 435 - majority, 56. At the general election
Mr. POWELL polled 292 votes more than his Liberal opponent, Mr. KITCHING.
The Board of Arbitration for the North of England Iron Trade has decided
to request Mr. J. W. PEASE, M. P., to arbitrate on the workmen's claims for
an advanced in wages of 7 1/2 per cent., in the stead of Sir Rupert KETTLE,
who declined the office.
The inquest on the five men who were killed by a colliery explosion at
Blaina (Mon.), concluded on Tuesday. It appeared that the firemen allowed four
men, in contravention of the rules, to accompany him with naked lights, for
the purpose of examining the workings. An explosion resulted, and all lost
The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death," adding that they
considered the firemen blameworthy.