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1878 'SERIOUS COLLIERY ACCIDENT. A large party of gentlemen, members of the Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers, paid a visit yesterday to the Sandwell Park Collieries, in the south of the county, for the purpose of inspecting the newly-discovered coal seams. All went on well until a second part of the company were nearing the bottom of the pit, when from some cause or other, Mr George Barker, of the Kidsgrove Foundry, and Mr Arnold, of the North Staffordshire Carriage Works, Stoke-on-Trent, fell out of the cage. Mr Arnold was killed on the spot, and Mr Barker, who fell through the scaffolding into the sump, died two hours afterwards from his injuries. The excursion, may supposed, ended in great sadness - the gentlemen being well known and highly esteemed in North Staffordshire.'