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Kingston Release Date: January 28, 2009 [EBook #27918] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MINES AND ITS WONDERS *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England The Mines and its Wonders, by W.H.G.
Kingston. CHAPTER ONE. THE MINER’S DANGERS. A hum of human voices rose from a village in the centre of England, but they were those of women, girls, and children, the latter playing in the street, running, skipping, laughing, singing, and shouting in shrill tones, the former in their yards or in front of their dwellings, following such avocations as could be carried on out of doors on that warm summer evening.
Not a man or lad, not even a boy above eight years old, was to be seen.
On one side of the village far away could be distinguished green fields, picturesque hills, widespreading trees, and a sparkling stream flowing in their midst; on the other, nearer at hand, a dreary black region, the ground covered with calcined heaps, the roads composed of coal dust or ashes, and beyond, tall chimneys sending forth dense volumes of smoke, which, wreathing upwards, formed a dark canopy over the scene.
Then there were large uncouth buildings, above which huge beams appeared, lifting alternately their ends with ceaseless motion, now up, now down, engaged evidently in some Titanic operation, while all the time proceeding from that direction were heard groans, and shrieks, and whistlings, and wailings, and the sound of rushing water, and the rattling and rumbling of tram or railway waggons rushing at rapid speed across the cou...

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