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Mining disaster in England claims the lives of twenty-one men and boys

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06/11/1861
In Britain, at the Clay Cross Colliery near Chesterfield in Derbyshire, miners broke through into a disused and water-filled old tunnel and immediately their diggings were flooded.  Many were able to make it to the surface but twenty-one men and boys and sixty-four pit ponies were trapped and drowned.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), p. 78. 

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