Derbyshire Times. Saturday 2nd. July 1864. Page 2 Col. 4 Advert - To Sinkers, Contractors and Others. Wanted, Tenders for sinking a pair of shafts, each 12 feet in diameter, to the Blackshale Coal, at the Shirland Colliery, near Alfreton. Estimated depths, 120 yards, or thereabouts. Specifications may be seen at the office of Mr. F.C. Gillett, No. 5, Wardwick, Derby, to whom tenders may be addressed. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 9th. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 3 Caught at Last - Important to Miners. William Payne, collier, was charged with having left his employment at Staveley without having given the usual notice. Mr. Busby appeared to prosecute. The prisoner had been a contractor at Staveley Works, and about 3 years ago he suddenly absconded in a most heartless manner with £11, the wages of the poor men who had been working under him. He had not since been heard off until the past few days, when he was found in the north, working under an assumed name. The poor fellows having given an authority to the prisoner to receive their wages, they could not proceed against him criminally, and this fact ought to make miners cautious in future not to give such power to contractors. The prisoner was convicted of not having given notice, and sentenced to three months hard labour, and another month if the costs were not paid. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 9th. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 4 Barrow's Staveley - Obey. On Wednesday week, John Horn, a labourer, was sent to Speedwell Colliery for some mining instruments. He got into an empty wagon, and as it was a shallow one he was told to sit down. He did not obey the injunction, but being in a stooping position, he rested his hand on the end of the wagon, and when near Speedwell the engine-driver perceived that some wagons were being shunted onto a siding, and he at once reversed the engine, and the poor fellow was thrown out by the reaction, falling his face smashing by the coupling chain. He fell with his right arm across the rails, which was frightfully shattered. ???????????????????. and on examination it was deemed expedient to amputate the arm, which was skilfully performed by Dr. Hale. We are glad to state that the poor fellow is progressing favourably. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 9th. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 6 The South Yorkshire Lock-out. Open-air Meeting at Rotherham. On Monday evening, a numerously attended open-air meeting was held at New York, near Rotherham, to consider the present condition of the men locked-out in the South Yorkshire district. The chair was taken by Mr. J. Normansel, of Barnsley, who, in opening the proceedings, said good had resulted from their last meeting at Rotherham. The miners at Mr. Bentley's pit had come forward more liberally, and he believed larger sums were being received from the Carr House men. The miners on strike were still receiving each 4- 0d. per week, and 6d. for each child; and if they had to subsist on 8d. per week they were determined not to yield. (Hear, Hear). At the High Royd pit about 12 men had commenced work, and some thirty men and boys at the Oaks pit; but so long as the Barnsley men kept out they had nothing to fear. The men who had gone in were brought in from a distance, and they were promised for the first month 7-6d. per day and plenty of beef and ale. The month expired on Saturday, and he believed the men intended to leave. (Hear, hear). The strike was almost at a close, as the masters could not hold out much longer. At two of the pits the men had been invited back, he hoped soon that the advance sought would be conceded, and the whole of the pits would be again fully at work. The miners in the Rotherham district were urged to organise a union amongst themselves, to do all in their power to increase their contributions to the Barnsley men. Mr. W. Brown, of Hunslet, near Leeds, briefly detailed the conditions of the men locked-out. At a meeting last week one of the coal proprietors stated that the two pits on strike were nearly full; but from such men as he had got the miners had nothing to fear. Many of the Barnsley men had that day quitted their homes and had gone to live in buildings that were scarcely habitable, and others under canvas, but the men bore such privations with patience, and cheerfully submitted to the hardships heaped on them. The object of the masters was to starve the men into submission; but if by a vigourous and combined effort the allowances of the men could increase to 8-0d. a week, the strike would speedily end. The advantages that would secure to the miners in that district, should the Barnsley men prove victorious - as they intended to - were pointed out, and various arguments were used to induce the men present at once to form a union amongst themselves, and systematically to aid their suffering fellow workmen. A deputation at the close of the meeting proceeded to Sheffield, there to meet committees from various trades unions from whom they anticipate substantial support. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 9th. July 1864. Page 4 Col. 2 The Staffordshire Iron Trade. Dated Wolverhampton, Wednesday. Today the reports from the different iron-masters who are present on change were to the effect that orders for unfinished iron continues to come in from customers who require a good quality of iron, and that the best makers are readily obtaining fullest rates. The difference of opinion which exists amongst the trade as to the course which prices should take is keeping back some orders for a quantity of iron not so good as that made by most of the houses who occupy a first class position in trade, but that difference in view is not so great as has been represented in some quarters, the facts being that the resolution to adopt last quarters prices was voted by so many persons are a preliminary meeting that the chairman did not put the contra. This followed as a result upon the previous decision that wages should not be interfered with. By the Association houses, therefore, the list will as a rule be maintained throughout the quarter. In pig-iron there is still a little movement. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 9th. July 1864. Page 4 Col. 5 No Headline. On Sunday two boilers in connection with the pumping engine at the Camborne Vean Mine, burst with a fearful report, causing much damage to property, but, fortunately, caused no personal injury. The engine-man in charge had a narrow escape. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 9th. July 1864. Page 4 Col. 5 The Wakefield and Barnsley Banking Co. v. The Proprietors of the Lundhill Colliery. In the Court of Exchequer, on Saturday, before Mr. Baron Martin, the case of Northop versus Gailand was heard. It was agreed to try the issues in this case by a jury of eight, that number being all that answered to their names. The action was to recover the sum of £6,114-107d., as being due to the plaintiff, the public officer of the Wakefield and Barnsley Union Banking Company, from the defendants, colliery proprietors, in the neighbourhood of Barnsley, on their acceptances and endorsements. The pleas were equitable, setting forth an agreement between the defendants and the banking company in reference to the working of the Lundhill Colliery, at which a serious accident occurred some years ago, to which the present litigation was in the main attributed. The banking accounts of the parties concerned were of a very complicated nature, and interesting only to themselves. Mr. Temple, Q.C., and Mr. Kemplay were for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Manisty and Mr. Harrison appeared for the defendants. At the conclusion of the plaintiffs evidence, defendants ?????? ??????? he could not resist a verdict, which was accordingly taken for the banking company for the full amount claimed, it being intimated by the defendants counsel that the whole matter would be brought before the Courts of Chancery in another form. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 16th. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 7 The Iron Trade. Quarterly Meeting of the South Staffordshire Ironmasters. Wolverhampton, Wednesday. The first of the series of quarterly meetings of the ironmasters of South Staffordshire was held here today, there was a large muster of ironmasters. The decision come to at the preliminary meeting at the Stewponey, to maintain present rates, was of course adhered to. There was in fact no other alternative; but orchestrations are not at the present time peculiarly pressing against any attempt to reduce the wages of the artisans in iron. The supply of men by no means exceeds the demand. Through the trade is not so busy as it would, beyet, there is as much to be done as the men care about doing. The attendance of consumers was limited today, but a few orders changed hands. Demand is good for boiler plates, and some houses were well placed for orders in this description of iron for some time to come. Hoops and bars are enquired after, and many are employed in their production. Well known firms ???????? ??????? find no difficulty in getting official list prices but with others there is much underselling, in all probability it will be for some time to come. In several instances, offers are accepted at as much as one pound a ton under list rates. The pig-iron trade still rules dull, and the anticipation of an active demand long entertained is not yet realised. All mine hot-blast pigs are not realising more than £4 a ton, there is scarcely any market for cinder pigs. All branches of workmen are tolerably well employed, which is one of the truest signs that on the whole the trade is in a healthy state. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 23rd. July 1864. Page 2 Col. 5 Forgery at Staveley. Thomas Marrion, 18, collier, of Chesterfield, was charged with uttering a forged payticket, with intent to defraud the Staveley Coal and Iron Company. The prisoner was employed at the works, an on the 26th. of March he presented a ticket at the pay office, of the Company at Staveley, purporting that 18-8d. was due to him for wages. He received 18-2d. less 6d. for works club. The actual amount of wages due was 8-8d. It was proved that the ticket was only made out for 8-8d., but a figure of "1" having been added, made it represent 18-8d. The prisoner was very impudent to all the witnesses except Mr. Seymour, all of whom he did not hesitate to attack. The prisoner was found guilty. His Lordship, in passing sentence, said it did not matter whether he had forged the ticket himself or had uttered it, he being equally guilty. For the pertinacious way in which he put the questions to the witnesses, he had not a shadow of doubt about his guilt. It was a gross and serious offense, in if such crime was to go undetected, it would be impossible for a large works to escape an extensive system of plunder. It appeared to be his first offense, or the sentence would have been a severe one. He then sentenced him to 6 months hard labour. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 23rd. July 1864. Page 2 Col. 5 Forgery at Staveley. Willoughby Smith, 21, collier, pleaded guilty to having forged a pay-ticket, the property of R. Barrow, Esq., on the 23rd. November, 1863. His Lordship said the prisoner had committed forgery by altering a ticket given to him at the works where he was employed for the purpose of obtaining a sum of 14-7d. That was a fraud of a very gross kind. There was nothing against the prisoner previously, and therefore he should take that circumstance into consideration. The prisoner was then sentenced to 6 months hard labour. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 23rd. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 2 Accident at Staveley. An inquest was held on Wednesday, on the body of a collier named William Simmonds, who was killed by a fall of bind in the Seymour Pit. Verdict - "Accidental Death". Derbyshire Times. Saturday 23rd. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 2 The Barnsley Lock-out. Yesterday (Friday) a meeting of miners was held in the Chesterfield Market Place for the purpose of hearing delegates from Barnsley who have come into this district to solicit aid for the lock-outs. There was only a small meeting. The delegates promised to visit the men on paynights and collect from them. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 23rd. July 1864. Page 4 Col. 4 Hunt v. Dawes and another. This was an action to recover a months wages for the valuation of a pit, etc., brought by the plaintiff, a miner, against Messrs. Dawes and Company, but it did not go to the jury. The defendant consented to verdict for the plaintiff of £20-1-0d, to carry costs. - Mr. Macauley, Q.C. and Mr. Mellor were for the plaintiff; Mr. Boden, Q.C. for the defendants. The Court adjourned at 5 o'clock. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 23rd. July 1864. Page 4 Col. 4 Wages. Aaron Gascoigne summoned Thomas Eggleston, of the West Staveley Colliery, for 5- 9d. wages which he alleged to be due. Mr. Busby appeared for the defendant. - It appeared from the evidence that complainant was one of three recently charged with absenting themselves from the service of the West Staveley Colliery Company without notice, and after a full and impartial hearing, the magistrates decided that, as his employers had reduced his wages without notice, he was not sufficiently blameable to convict, and since his dismissal he had continued to work for the defendant without any new agreement. On giving in his time, the complainant (?) disputed it and refused to pay him. Mr. Busby, on behalf of defendant, adduced incontestable evidence that complainant had received various prices for his work, according to the discretion of defendant. Case dismissed. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 30th. July 1864. Page 2 Col. 7 Fatal Accident at Stubbin Colliery. On Tuesday an accident occurred at Stubbin Colliery, near Greabro', the property of Earl FitzWilliam, to a man named Jonathan Mitchell. Deceased was a miner and worked at the above pit. On Tuesday morning, whilst engaged in undermining coals an immense mass of coal weighing several tons, suddenly fell in and crushed him in the most dreadful manner against a corve that was near. When extricated he was quite dead. Deceased who was married but has left no family. Derbyshire Times. Saturday 30th. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 1 Frightful and Fatal Accident at Hady. On Tuesday morning last, an accident of most revolting description, occurred to a man named Benjamin Bower, colliery labourer, aged 51 years. It appeared that at about half past seven o'clock in the morning above named, deceased, who was in the occupation of the Staveley Coal and Iron Company (Limited) as banksman, was pursuing his avocation in apparently good health and spirits. The pit at which he was employed was about 100 yards deep, and 9 feet in diameter, and each side was protected, but at the front and back where the corves landed (as one ascended full, an empty corve descended), there was not the slightest barrier, although it had been contemplated to erect some protection, and indeed material for such a purpose was on the spot; and sorry we are to say that such a desirable object had not been consummated before the sad fatality we now chronicle occurred. The sequel of the accident is soon told. Deceased met an ascending corve, and dragged the same to empty it a short distance from the pits mouth; but, as he returned, he proceeded backwards, and, owing to some strange circumstance, he got to the opposite side of the pit to where he had taken the corve, and, consequently, that part being entirely open, he fell down to the bottom with a fearful thud, breaking almost every bone in his body, and when he was taken up he presented a most sickening appearance. An inquest was held on the body on Thursday last, before C.S.B. Busby, Esq., coroner, when, after censuring the Company for their neglect in not protecting the pit, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death". Derbyshire Times. Saturday 30th. July 1864. Page 3 Col. 3 Assault in a Coal Mine. George Toplis, Clay Cross, collier, was charged by William Coggan, of the same place, collier, with assaulting him in the No. 3 Tupton Pit of the Clay Cross Company, on the 12th. inst. Both parties were working in the pit on the day in question, when a dispute arose between the parties. Toplis threw coals at Coggan, who returned the compliment; Toplis then knocked him down. The Bench after hearing the evidence of John Smith, a collier, who works at the same pit, and was present when the assault took place, fined the defendant 1-0d. and 16-6d. cost, or in default 21 days imprisonment. The defendant who conducted himself in a very violent manner during the hearing of the case, was committed in default of payment. At the rising of the Court the prisoner, at the solicitation of his wife was allowed till the next Petty Sessions to pay the amount.