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009749

The Penitent, or Fireman. This was the miner who, swathed in damp sacking, undertook the task of igniting pockets of which, the inflammable gas Methane, called Fire-damp which, if allowed to build up, could cause disastrous explosions in coal mines. From 'Underground Life; or, Mines and Miners' by Louis Simonin (London, 1869). Wood engraving. .

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The Penitent, or Fireman. This was the miner who, swathed in damp sacking, undertook the task of igniting pockets of  which, the inflammable gas Methane, called Fire-damp which, if allowed to build up, could cause disastrous explosions in coal mines.    From  'Underground Life; or, Mines and Miners' by Louis Simonin (London, 1869). Wood engraving.  .