NOTES ON THE LITERATURE OF EXPLOSIVES.
By Charles E. Munroe.
The Fifteenth Annual Report of H.M. Inspectors of Explosives, being for the year 1890, shows that though the rigid system of inspection and supervision of explosives factories and magazines, for which this corps is famous, has been maintained, it has not retarded the growth of this important industry, for during the past five years the number of factories in operation has increased from 108 to 123, while the number of persons employed has increased from 7484 to 9820. Notwithstanding this increase in production, the number of accidents occurring during the manufacture and use or abuse of explosives was 132, resulting in 44 killed and 85 wounded, while the average number of accidents for the past ten years was 137.8, resulting, on the average, in 41.4 killed and 102.6 wounded.