Science: Fire

In 1885 a mob of miners, maddened by labor grievances in the coal fields of southeastern Ohio, filled a mine-car with coal, doused it thoroughly with kerosene, ignited it, started it down the tracks of an inclined shaft in which, at the end of its run, it fired the unmined coal. That fire, started on the property of Columbus' Hocking Coal & Mine Co., has burned on underground ever since. By last week it had burned a subterranean area of twelve square miles.

Smoke pours from long, jagged fissures or "chimneys" which have...

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