At the Chester Assizes on Saturday, Samuel Little FORD, foreman at a  
Stockport Colliery, was charged with the manslaughter of Samuel POTT a  miner.

On October 2nd the prsioner was in charge of a firing party, when a shot  
missed fire, and, contrary to the Act of Parliament regulating mines, he ordered  
POTT to get it out with his pick axe. While he was endeavoring to do so the  
charge exploded, inflicting such terrible injuries that POTT died five days  

Prisoner was found guilty, but being recommended to mercy on account of his  
long service and good character was only sentenced to four month’s
imprisonment  without hard labour.