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"A" Mill Explosion

Title: Article Describing Causes of Explosion
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1878
Source: North Western Miller

Description: Many writers debated the cause of the mill explosion in the newspapers. This writer is attempting to prove that many of the theories about the explosion are false.
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Article Describing Causes of Explosion


  1. What possible cause of the explosion does the author disagree with?

  2. How does the author manage to disprove that theory?

  3. What does the author suggest could be the actual cause of the explosion?

  4. The writer describes how fires can be started if the "feed" goes off, meaning if the grain stops feeding into the grinders. How might fire result from this?

  5. From this article, can you tell if the "A" mill explosion was the first of its kind?