Excerpt from Nineteenth Annual Report, Coal Mines in the State of West Virginia, U. S. A: For the Year Ending, June 30, 1901 This report is treated under five Parts and an appendix as follows: Introductory.Statistical Part I.Accidents Part II.Administrative Part III.Condition of Mines Part IV.Directory of Mines Part V. and the Appendix which includes the subjects of Legislation Rules as adopted by the coal companies and a description of the Elkhorn flood. The statistical tables in this report are 36 in number and aim to cover each subject in a manner sufficiently comprehensive to meet any and all demands. Each table is prefaced with such explanatory remarks as will assist to make the subject matter clear. In the matter of accidents it becomes our duty to record two mine disasters of unusual severity. One at the Berryburg Mine in Barbour County and ather at the Farmington Shaft in Marion County. In the administration of the affairs of this department there has been anaddition of one district inspector as the result of legislation. This additional force has been a great relief to this department since the development of mining has increased so largely that it was impossible for the four district inspectors to make the required inspections within the time allowed by law. A little unpleasantness was Occasioned this department by the disinclination of one of the district inspectors to perform the duties required of him. This matter was remedied, however, by the appointment or a man to succeed him. The inspection force suffered the loss by death of Mr. Jerry Meade, who expired at Wheeling on July 2nd, 1901. Mr. Jerry Westlake, of Elm Grove, was appointed as the successor to Mr. Meade. Much improvement has been had in the mines throughout the State, as may be learned from the condition of mines treated in Part IV. In the Appendix will be found reference to legislation; rules as adopted by the mining companies for the government of their employes, and a description of the Elkhorn flood in McDowell County by which much life and property was lost. The Chief Mine Inspector takes this opportunity of expressing his appreciation of the able assistance rendered him by the district inspectors in the enforcing of the mining laws. It is a pleasure to te the deep interest manifested by our States chief executive in the welfare of the many employes for whose benefit this department was created. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.