The Fire in the Przibram Mine.
The terrible fire in the Przibiaim mine was found to have resulted, when the total was made up, in the loss of no less than 319 lives, to which must be added five others of men belonging to the rescue parties. There are left 286 widows and 724 children under the age of sixteen. The fearful slaughter involved was caused by a very simple act of carelessness; the wick in one of the miner’s lamps having nearly burnt out, the man put in a new one, and threw the old wick down. It fell amongst some dry woodwork, which caught fire at once. The man. about a fortnight after the fire, mentioned the matter to his priest in the confessional and was strongly advised to place himself in the hands of the authorities, which he accordingly did. The depth from which the living and the dead had to be brought is said to be eight times the height of the steeple of St. Stephen’s in Venice ” ; a fact which gives some idea of the tremendous nature of the task.