The Rev. Theophilus Barnes, A.M., Vice-President, in the Chair.
The Chairman opened the meeting by an appropriate address, in which he dilated upon the importance and advantages of the Society, as embracing alike the most useful information connected with the Geology and Mining operations of the district, as well as the Polytechnic or Mechanical department, more especially bearing upon the same subjects. After enumerating several of the Papers which had occupied the attention of the Society at the last few meetings, and suggesting one or two subjects which he considered worthy of their consideration, he observed:—I am glad to find that this day we shall have two subjects, at least, brought before us, of vast importance at a period like the present. The one “On the Ventilation of Coal Mines;” which, after the very recent lamentable catastrophe at the Oaks Colliery, near Barnsley, would not fail to arrest the attention of every person who was desirous to save the lives and lessen the dangers of a class of operatives the most useful, and, at the same time, the most exposed to accidents, which, when they occurred, affected not only themselves, but, generally, a large number of individuals depending upon them for their daily bread. Many eminent men, from Sir Humphry Davy to the present time, had been endeavouring to alleviate the amount of wretchedness which they were so frequently, he was sorry to say, called upon to deplore, and he felt glad that their worthy Secretary, Mr. Thorp, had ...
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