The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser 29 October 1891
The last fortnightly report from Mr. Bibby mine manager at Raub, gives an account of an incident that has tried to the utmost energies of the manager and his whole European staff. An exceptionally severe rain-storm on the night of the 10th inst. heavily flooded the swampy level in which the Raub Hole lies, and both by surface flood water and by subsidence of the ground over old workings a huge volume of water rushed into the mine, filling up its levels and cross-drives. Mr. Bibby’s description of how this grave emergency was grappled with gives only a skeleton of the facts.
He is not the man to be given to “mention in dispatches” the merits of himself and his staff. But when people understand that he himself was 48 hours without taking a rest and that he is full of grateful recognition of the splendid way in which every one of his European staff backed him up and stuck to their work night and day at such a crisis, it is not only Raub shareholders who have reason to be thankful that so important an enterprise as Raub is in such practical and resourcful hands, but every one who wishes well to the
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future of mining enterprise in the peninsula, and rejoices to see such unforeseen emergencies as these faced and fought in so manly and capable a manner. The destruction of the pumping mechanism by the corrosive action of the water passing through it, which owing to the sulphur in the rock had actually become a diluted sulphuric acid was a difficulty of an absolutely novel character.
The clever resourcefulness of replacing with wood for the metal parts that had been eaten away, and the result of the handiwork of the staff is humorously described by Mr. Bibby as making the pump “look like Paddy’s coat” it is impossible to tell the original material from the patches. The chemical power of the acid water may be guessed from the fact that it took two or three hours for it to eat through a new piston rod about two and a half inches in diameter.
Mr. Bibby and everyone of his European staff at the mine are to be sincerely congratulated on the success with which they have passed through the most trying ordeal that the Raub enterprise has yet had to encounter. It is fortunately very unlikely that any similar misfortune will occur for many years to come.
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