175 pages, 24 full page plates, and several woodcuts in the text, supplied as a PDF document on CD-ROM.
SECTION 1 - General information concerning coal mines & coal miners, with description of Long Wall as worked in horizontal seams of coal in England & in France.
Chapter 1: Explosion at Springwell Colliery. Means to be used as safeguards against accidents.
Chapter 2: Coal-dust & coal-gas in the air forming a dangerous mixture.
Chapter 3: Marsh gas - and experiment. The effect of Brattice in an opening schute.
Chapter 4: Improvements of mining in the southern and Welsh mines. Coal mining engineers. Hetton Colliery.
Chapter 5: Thick Coal seams. Working out coal in France by Remblais. in England by Long Wall.
SECTION 2 - An example of mining out coal by what is termed the Board & Pillar System.
Chapter 6: Shaft through English coal measures. Winding in shaft. Engine plane. Horse roads.
Chapter 7: District & Panel Workings. Boards & ends of coal. Working levels. District details.
Chapter 8: A Deputy's experience. Details in working & ventilating a district.
Chapter 9: The Putter
Chapter 10: The Hewer & his work.
Chapter 11: The Overman. Self-acting incline plane.
Chapter 12: "Broken coal" worked.
Chapter 13: Details of broken workings.
Chapter 14: Remarks & Comparisons
Chapter 15: Re-working of old mines, "metal-rigs", and old coal pillars.
Chapter 16: General remarks.
SECTION 3 - How coal is taken from the highly inclining coal veins of the United States.
Chapter 17: Topographical features. Characteristics of the mines.
Chapter 18: Coal formations. Deposits. Upheavals.
Chapter 19: Mining of Coal. Miner's Tools. Starting the schutes. Drilling & blasting.
Chapter 20: Driving a breast. Cost of coal. Manway & heading. Blowing down top-coal.
Chapter 21: Ventilation. Drainage of water level. Gangway in Bottom Rock.
Chapter 22: Examination of breasts. Measuring of work. Parleys with the miners.
Chapter 23: General conclusions, with a comparison of the different systems of mining.
SECTION 4 - The ventilating fan. Underground fires. Ellenwood Colliery. Mahanoy coal basin, Penna.
Chapter 24: The ventilating fan. How it should be constructed & arranged. Principles of its action described.
Chapter 25: Underground fires & methods of extinguishing them.
Chapter 26: A description of the coal veins worked at Ellenwood Colliery, situated in the southeastern branch of the Manahoy Coal Basin, given to show the great natural resources of the anthracite coal fields.
WITH 24 ILLUSTRATIONS (in a naive style!)