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REPORT OF FIRST DISTRICT.

In the First district there are nine coal producing counties, namely: Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson. Monroe, Page, Taylor, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne. They are located in the southeastern, southern and south western part of the state. Van Buren and Jefferson counties on the east, and Page on the west, are the extremities of the district. The counties in this district producing the largest output of coal are Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, and Wayne. The mines in general have been working more steadily than heretofore, giving employment to more men, owing to a greater demand for coal and the opening of new mines, which has placed the district in a prosperous condition.

In the last two years there have been eighteen fatal and thirty-four nonfatal accidents in the district.

There has been a number of drills prospecting in the different parts of the district for the last eighteen months.

During the last two years there have been twenty-seven new mines. opened. Most all of them are equipped with the latest improvements for ventilating and handling the coal. The new mines are located as follows: Wapello Coal. Co. No. 3, near Hiteman; Consolidated Coal Co. Nos. 10 and 11, two and one-half and three miles southwest of Buxton; Smoky Hollow Coal Co. No. 6, five miles southeast of Hynes City; Hocking Coal Co. No. 2, near Hocking; St. Paul Coal Co., near Hilton; Frederick Coal Co., near Avery; White Ash Coal Co., near Hynes City; Star Coal Co. No. 2, near Albia; Thistle Coal Co. No. 2, two miles east of Cincinnati; Artic Coal Co., near Mystic; Columbia Coal Co. No. 3, near Diamond P. O.; Browning Coal Co. No. 2, New Market; Ingram Coal Co., two and one-half miles southwest of Clarinda; Anderson Coal Co. No. 2, two and one-half miles east of New Market; Chicago Coal Co, No. 2, two miles east of Seymour; Bear Creek Coal Co., four miles east of Ottumwa; Eldon Coal and Coke Co., two miles southwest of Eldon; Lunsford Coal Co., eight miles south of Bloomfield; Finley Coal Co. and Carson Coal Co., near Douds; Perlee Coal Co., near Perlee; Drake Coal Co., three miles east of Exline; Mystic Coal Co. No. 2, Mystic.

Five mines were abandoned-Smoky Hollow Coal Co. No. 5, near Hynes City; Browning Coal Co. No. 1, near New Market; Darby Block Coal Co., near Darbyville; Finley Coal Co. and Carson Coal Co., near Douds.

Fires have occurred at five different mines, as follows: The Appanoose Coal Co's. top plant, at Cincinnati; Consumers' Coal Co., top works, at Jerome; a part of the top works of the Merchants' Coal Co. mine at Cincinnati; the smokestack and timber in airshaft all burned at Centerville Block

Coal Co's. mine No. 5, at Brazil; and the Machine and Blacksmith shops at the Deep Vein Coal Co's. mine at Foster.

During the last two years there have been forty-eight sets of scales inspected. Thirty-one were found weighing correctly, and seventeen were found deficient. They were adjusted and made to weigh correctly, giving satisfaction to all concerned.

TABLE No. 1.

Showing the number of mines, out-put of coal, number of miners and other employes, etc., in District No. 1, for the year ending June 30, 1900.

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139 $1,679.051 3.762 1,406 $ 1, 240, 481 8 524.515 $97.960 $ 52.658|

TABLE No. 2.

Showing the number of mines, out put of coal, number of miners and other employes, etc., in District No. 1, for the year ending June 30, 1901.

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138 $1,964,050 3.906 1,396 $ 1,679.130 $ 587.6758149.450$ 98, 025|

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Out-put of coal of the counties comprising District No. 1 for the past five

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