Mexborough and Swinton Times August 4, 1906
American Mining Engineers at Conisborough
A visit to Cadeby Main Colliery
The Cadeby Main Colliery has for some time held a reputation of being the finest and most modern equipped colliery in Great Britain, and this was further emphasised on Tuesday, when a contingent of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, while being entertained by the Iron and Steel Institute of England, arrived in Yorkshire from London for the purpose of inspecting the principal mines and ironworks of the county, expressed the opinion that the various processes were the best they had ever seen.
The party, consisting of 150 and including Dr R Bell, Geological Survey, Canada; Prof Bauerman, Ordinance College, Cambridge; Prof Sauver, of Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; Mr George Steiger, United States geological survey, were under the conduct of Mr JH Amos, of the Iron and Steel Institute, London.
The visitors arrived in Doncaster at noon, separated, the larger body going on to York, and a detachment of nine, including those gentlemen mentioned, together with Mr D A Lewis of London, visited the Cadeby Main Colliery, Mr WH Chambers, the managing director; Mr HS Whitty, manager; and Mr Williams engineer, conducted them over both top and underground working, a most interesting time being spent, and much valuable interchange of ideas and information taking place.
After the inspection Mr Lewis proposed a vote of thanks Mr Chambers as a representative of the Denaby and Cadeby Main Colliery Company, for his courtesy in the conduct of inspection, saying that the arrangements of the pit was good as any they had seen, and so far as certain processes were concerned, he was quite sure their friends across the Atlantic could not do better. He incidentally mentioned the fact that he was personally acquainted with Mr Thompson, the originator of some important appliances at the pit.
Mr Chambers, replied, said that he was a member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and as such and visited many European countries, but had never been in America. He hoped to go there someday.
Many of those present expressed the hope that if the Institute paid a visit to America, Mr Chambers would go, and that they might have the pleasure of meeting him.
The party returned to Doncaster and caught the train for York, whence on Wednesday morning they journeyed to Middlesbrough for the iron foundries