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 - hi8 suspicions. On the witness stat-Naval lng...
hi8 suspicions. On the witness stat-Naval lng that he had been employed at the j works for twenty years, Coroner Clark 1 asiM him jf it is possible for a man to of a he a a of ne is a "I but regulate the same. ' Thcs. Sutton testified that he did not notice any strangers at the works on the day of the explosion mat aium-en iiave his ears so attuned that hceould tell by the character of an explosion the kind of powder exploded. The wit- ness replied in the negative. ! J. W. Nelson, a carpenter, who was . injured, testified to seeing three strang ers at the work 3. They were such rough looking men that they attracted his attention so much that he directed M. Noon's attention to them. The men were at the mills at 4 P. M. They entered at a time when no guard was at the gate. Mr. Monscau,' who has charge of the coal burner near the gate, had gone home. The strangers were not seen to leave the place. Nelson gave it as his opinion that the plant was fired. It is not customary for strangers to be at the guncotton plant. ' At the afternoon session Arthur Peyton gave his testimony, which consisted mainly of a description of the process of making gun cotton and the effect of heat on it. He said that the cotton could stand 100 degrees of heat. At 2 P. M. the charge is put on. me. charge weighs about 400 pounds. It ; takes twenty-four hours to dry the cot- ton. The most dangerous part of the works is in the black powder wheel mill, but if proper precaution is taken there need not bo any fear of accident. Fire has occurred at the shotgun smokeless mill which the men extin- guished. 'mere is no danger from smokeless powder. The only way to explode it is by detonation. An ordi- nary fulminating cap will not cause detonation. A rifle or pistol shot would cause detonation. ; The witness said he was unable to give an explanation as to the cause of the explosion. He acknowledged that the cause is a mystery to himself as well as to his brother, W. C. Peyton, who is one of the best powder experts in the country. New employes are not given work in the mills, where powder is made, but are employed as laborers i., th0 wnvlr of construction. Every omn1m,p wflTne(i acainst carry ing matches and smoking. W. B. Hanley, who is in charge of the shotgun smokeless mill, testified that he had locked up the mill and was a mile awav when the explosion occurred. T, thp effect of heat on the i . iha tir, he alwavs - , "r 1 Z I exercises in tne mm. . . .. !11 An So , ! ' ; , It It

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  1. Evening Sentinel,
  2. 05 May 1898, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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