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TERRIFIC BOILER EXPLOSION AT TUNSTALL. Two Men Killed and Seven Seriously Iniured. A most terribly destructive, and also fatal, explosion took place on Saturday morning at the Phoenix, better known as the Scotin' Colliery, Tunstall, Staffordshire, belonging to Mr. Hugh Henshall Williamson. For the working of these pits a spacious engine-house and new and powerful machinery had bat just been erected at the bottom of the now road from Burslem to Tunstall, connected with which were two boilers, 36 feet in length, and nine or ten feet in diameter, raised upon a, foundation of solid brickwork, which projected some distance across the road. One of these boilers was completed on Wednesday morning, and with the engine was set to work. At about 20 minutes past seven o clock on Saturday morning, while several per- sons were engaged in fixing the other boiler, and two men were at work inside it, the boiler which was at work exploded with terrific effect. The whole neigh- bourhood shook. The entire end of the boiler was blown out; the inner tube was hurled a hundred yards- distance, while the boiler itself leaped from its bed, like some huge and enraged monster, in the air, and up- wards of a hundred yards in an opposite direction it fell into a large heap of refuse from the pits, hraaking in the other end, and partly filling itself with the earth with the force of its fall. The other boiler was sent flying 50 yards along the road, with the two men inside it; the adjoining building was demolished, the stone and brickwork torn up, and sent in terrible showers, which covered the ground in every direction. The engine-driver, Stephen Chadwick (who leaves a wife and three children) was literally blown to pieces, some portions of his body not having been found on Satur- day evening. A boiler maker, named Abel Mayor, (a young married man), at work on the unfinished boiler, who was found shockingly crushed amid the wreck, expired soon after. The names of those injured are Elijah Mayor, engineer, father of one of the men killed James Pitts and Thomas Dillon, labourers; Joseph Humphreys and a man named Baddeley, the men inside the unfinished boiler, but slightly hurt; and John Smith, bricklayer, removed to the infirmary, so seriously injured that no hopes are entertained of his recovery; William Clay, struck by a flying missile, and a man named Riley, injured by a. horse which took fright at the explosion. The tube of the boiler, which must weigh some tons, was hurled right over an engine and several other boilers, coming to the ground beyond. Had this huge piece of iron fallen on these boilers the damage would have been terribly increased by other explosions, as less heavy pieces falling upon the unfinished boiler pierced it through. The cause of the accident is at present un- explained. The boilers were manufactured by Mr. Williamson. The amount of the damage is very great.