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Child Miners - Working by the Light of a Candle

Child Miners-Working by the Light of a Candle

During the time Maria Sophie von Erthal was a young princess, living in her family's castle in Lohr am Main, other children - from the working class - were slaving in area mines. 

Children from similar families in Britain, and elsewhere, were serving in the same capacity.

It was dark in the mines and methane gas was always a problem.  To address this issue, sometimes rotting fish - which produced a phosphorescent glow - were used to light the way.  (One can only imagine how the use of dead fish worsened the mine smells.) 

Other times, children used candles to provide light - but that produced a different side effect.  What would happen if the candle flame ignited the methane gas? 

Click on this image of a candle-lit mine scene to enlarge it.  (Notice the hewer, working hard, on the left side of the picture.)


Media Credits

Illustration of candle-lit mine scene, online via UK National Archives.

PD

 

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