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  Colliery Guardian, 24th August 1861
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.
 
 

NARROW ESCAPE.

OLD PARK - DISCOVERY OF A TOAD IN A BLOCK OF COAL

 
 

On Tuesday morning last, two men, both named James Corbet, had a narrow escape from being drawn over the pulley at one of the Langley Field pits. The men were just going down, and the engineman pulled them up for that purpose, but pulled them so high, that finding themselves against the pulley they jumped out, and it was fortunate they did so, for the cage, as it is called, was drawn completely over, pulling down a portion of the frame-work. Fortunately the men escaped with a few bruises. The runner had not been withdrawn, otherwise the men might have fallen down the shaft. The fellow at the engine appeared half asleep when remonstrated with.

One day last week a workman at one of the pits in the field belonging to Beriah Botfield, Esq., M.P., having his attention attracted by the unusual form of a piece of coal, broke it open, and found, to his surprise, that it contained a living toad ; its mouth, as is usual in such cases, was closed.

The shaft is 200 yards deep. The toad and block of coal are in the possession of the ground bailiff, Mr. Robert Poole.

 

Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

Note: Narrow Escape incident took place on Tuesday 20th, August. The Colliery Guardian was published on Saturday 24th.

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