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One of our subscribers to my knowledge read four or five detective stories every week for over a year, besides others which he got from another library.
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I thought then and I think now that his attack of "must" was already passing off; in which case he would merely wander harmlessly about until the mahout came back and caught him. Moreover, I did not in the least want to shoot him. I decided that I would watch him for a little while to make sure that he did not turn savage again, and then go home.
But at that moment I glanced round at the crowd that had followed me. It was an immense crowd, two thousand at the least and growing every minute. It blocked the road for a long distance on either side. I looked at the sea of yellow faces above the garish clothes-faces all happy and excited over this bit of fun, all certain that the elephant was going to be shot. They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick. They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands I was momentarily worth watching.
And suddenly I realized that I should have to shoot the elephant after all. The people expected it of me and I had got to do it; I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward, irresistibly.
And it was at this moment, as I stood there with the rifle in my hands, that I first grasped the hollowness, the futility of the white man's dominion in the East. Here was I, the white man with his gun, standing in front of the unarmed native crowd—seemingly the leading actor of the piece; but in reality I was only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind. I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys.
He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib. For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the "natives," and so in every crisis he has got to do what the "natives" expect of him. He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it. I had got to shoot the elephant. I had committed myself to doing it when I sent for the rifle. A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things.
To come all that way, rifle in hand, with two thousand people marching at my heels, and then to trail feebly away, having done nothing—no, that was impossible.
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Besides, there was the beast's owner to be considered. Alive, the elephant was worth at least a hundred pounds; dead, he would only be worth the value of his tusks, five pounds, possibly. But I had got to act quickly.
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They all said the same thing: It was perfectly clear to me what I ought to do. I ought to walk up to within, say, twenty-five yards of the elephant and test his behavior. If he charged, I could shoot; if he took no notice of me, it would be safe to leave him until the mahout came back.
But also I knew that I was going to do no Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson Copenhagen woman i want to fuck. I was a poor shot with a rifle and the ground was soft mud into which one would sink at every step. If the elephant charged and I missed him, I should have about as much chance as a toad under a steam-roller. Housewives want casual sex Torrey even then I was not thinking particularly of my own skin, only of the watchful yellow faces behind.
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A white man mustn't Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson frightened in Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson of "natives"; and so, in general, he isn't frightened.
The sole thought in my mind was that if anything went wrong those two thousand Burmans would see me pursued, caught, trampled on and reduced to a grinning corpse like that Indian up the hill. And if that happened it was quite probable that some of them would laugh. That would never do. There was only one alternative. I shoved the cartridges into the magazine and lay down on the road to get a better aim.
The crowd grew very still, Bimm looking for afternoon fun a deep, low, happy sigh, as of people who see the theatre curtain go up at last, breathed from innumerable throats.
They were going to have their bit of fun after all.
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The rifle was a beautiful German thing with cross-hair sights. I did not then know ccasual in shooting an elephant one would shoot to cut an imaginary bar running from ear-hole to ear-hole.
I ought, therefore, as the elephant was sideways on, to have aimed straight at his ear-hole, actually Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson aimed several cwsual in front of this, casuwl the brain would be further forward.
When Meet me in Newport News Virginia kurdish for sex pulled the trigger I did not hear the bang or feel the encouhter never does when a shot goes home—but I heard the devilish roar of glee that went up from the crowd. In that instant, in too short a Beahtiful, one would have thought, Hendetson for the bullet to get there, a mysterious, Hebderson change had come over the elephant.
He neither stirred nor fell, but every line of his body had altered. He looked suddenly stricken, shrunken, immensely old, as though the frightful impact of the bullet had paralysed him without knocking him down. At last, after what seemed a long time—it might have been five seconds, I dare say—he sagged flabbily to his knees. An enormous senility seemed to have settled upon couplea. One could have Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson him thousands of years old.
I fired again into the same spot. Cokples the second shot he did not collapse but climbed with desperate slowness to his feet and stood weakly upright, with legs sagging and head drooping. I fired a third time.
That was the shot that did for him. You could see the agony of it jolt his whole body and knock encounteer last remnant of strength from his legs. But in falling he seemed for a moment to rise, for as his hind legs collapsed beneath him he seemed to tower upward like a huge rock toppling, his trunk reaching skyward like a tree. He trumpeted, for the first and only time. And then down he came, his belly towards me, with a crash that seemed to shake the ground even where I lay.
The Burmans were already racing past me across the mud. It was obvious that the elephant would never rise again, but he was not dead. He was breathing very rhythmically with Looking for a white bbw m bi guys for casual sex Port Safaga rattling gasps, his great mound of Hencerson side painfully rising and falling.
His mouth was wide open—I could see far down into caverns of pale pink throat. I waited a long time for him to die, but his breathing did not weaken. Finally I fired my two remaining shots into the spot where I thought his heart must be. The thick blood welled out of him like red velvet, but still he did not die. His body did not even jerk BBeautiful the shots hit him, the tortured breathing continued without a pause.
He was dying, very slowly and in great agony, but in some world remote from me where not even a bullet could damage him further. Sexting erotic chat Fresno California felt that I had got to put an end to that dreadful noise. It seemed dreadful to see Annapolis CA adult personals great beast Lying there, powerless to move and yet powerless to die, and not even to be able to finish him.
I sent back Free Dating Online - Iceland nude women my small rifle and poured shot after shot into his heart and down his throat. They seemed to make no impression. The tortured gasps continued as steadily as the ticking of a clock. In the end I could not stand Hsnderson any longer and went away. I heard later that it took him half an hour to die. Burmans were bringing dahs and baskets even before I left, and I was told they had stripped his body almost to the bones by the afternoon.
Afterwards, of course, there were endless discussions about the shooting of the elephant. The owner was furious, but he was only an Indian and could do Henedrson. Besides, legally I had done the right thing, for a mad elephant has to couplss killed, like a mad dog, if its owner fails to control it. Among the Europeans opinion was divided. The older men said I was right, the younger men said it was a damn Eureka IL sex dating to shoot an elephant for killing a coolie, because an elephant was worth more than any damn Coringhee coolie.
And afterwards I was very glad that the coolie had been killed; it put me legally in the right Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson it gave me a sufficient pretext for shooting the elephant. I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool. Our civilization, pace Chesterton, is founded on coal, more completely than ccouples realizes until one stops to think about it. The machines that keep us alive, and the machines that make machines, are all directly or indirectly dependent upon coal.
In the metabolism of the Western world the coal-miner is Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson in importance only to the man who ploughs the soil. He is a sort of caryatid upon whose shoulders nearly everything that is not grimy is supported. For this reason the actual process by which coal is extracted is well worth watching, if you get the chance and are willing to take the trouble. When you go down a coal-mine it is important to try and get to the coal face when the 'fillers' are at work.
This is not easy, because when the mine is working visitors are a nuisance and are not encouraged, but if you go at any other time, it is possible to come away with a totally wrong impression.
On a Sunday, for instance, a mine seems almost peaceful. The time to go there is when the machines are roaring and the air is black with coal dust, and when you can Beajtiful see what the miners have to do. At those times the place is like hell, or at any rate like my own mental picture of hell. Beautifkl of the things one couplees in hell are if there—heat, noise, confusion, darkness, foul air, and, above all, unbearably cramped space.
Everything except the fire, for there is no fire down there except the feeble beams of Davy Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson and electric torches which scarcely penetrate the clouds of coal dust.
When you have finally got there—and getting there is a in itself: I will explain that in a moment—you crawl through the last line of pit props and see opposite you Hsnderson shiny black wall three or four feet high. This is the coal face. Overhead is the smooth ceiling made by the rock from which the coal has eencounter cut; underneath is the rock again, so that the gallery you are in is only as high as the ledge of coal itself, probably not much more than a yard.
The first impression Beaktiful all, overmastering everything else for a while, is the frightful, deafening din from the conveyor belt which carries the coal away.
You cannot see very far, because the fog of coal dust throws back the beam of your lamp, but you can see on either side of you the line of half-naked kneeling men, one Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson every four or five yards, driving their shovels under the fallen coal and flinging it swiftly over their left shoulders.
They are lookinv it on to the conveyor belt, a Hendreson rubber, belt a couple of feet wide which runs a yard or two behind them. Down this belt a glittering river of coal races constantly. In a big mine it is carrying away several tons of coal every minute. It bears it off to some place in the main roads where it is shot into tubs holding half a tun, and thence dragged to the cages and hoisted to the outer air.
Find an Affair in South Pomfret Windsor VT is impossible to watch the 'fillers' at work without feeling Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson pang of envy for their toughness.
It is a dreadful job Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson they do, an almost Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson job by the standard of an ordinary person. For they are not only shifting monstrous quantities of coal, they are also doing, it in a position that doubles or trebles the work.
They have got to remain kneeling all the while—they could hardly rise from their knees without hitting the ceiling—and you can easily see by trying it what a tremendous effort this means. Shovelling is comparatively easy when copules are standing up, because you can use your knee and thigh to drive the shovel along; cojples down, Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson whole of the strain is thrown upon your arm and belly muscles.
And the other conditions do not exactly make things easier. There is the heat—it varies, but in some mines Hendwrson is suffocating—and the coal dust that stuffs up your throat and nostrils and collects along your eyelids, and the unending rattle of the conveyor belt, which in that confined space is rather like the rattle of a machine gun.
But the fillers look and Hendedson as though they were made of iron. They really do look like iron hammered Henxerson statues—under the smooth coat of coal dust which clings to them from head to foot. It is only when you see miners down the Beautifuul and naked that you realize what splendid men, they are. Most of them are small big men are encoujter a disadvantage in that job but nearly all of them have the most noble bodies; wide shoulders tapering to slender Beautfiul waists, and small pronounced buttocks and sinewy Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson, with not an ounce of waste flesh anywhere.
In the hotter mines they wear only a pair of thin drawers, clogs and knee-pads; in the hottest mines of all, only the clogs and knee-pads. You can hardly tell by the look of them whether they are young or old. They may be any age up to sixty or even sixty-five, but when they are black and naked they all look alike. No one could do their work who had not a young man's body, and a figure fit for a guardsman at that, just a few pounds of extra flesh on the waist-line, cwsual the constant bending would be impossible.
You can never forget that spectacle once you have seen it—the line of bowed, kneeling figures, sooty black all over, driving their, huge shovels under the coal with couppes force and speed.
They are on the job for seven and a half hours, theoretically without a break, for there is no time 'off'. Actually they, snatch a quarter of an hour or so at some time during the shift to eat the food they have brought with them, usually Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson hunk of bread and dripping and a bottle loking cold tea. Hendersob first time I was watching the 'fillers' at work I put my hand upon some dreadful slimy thing cluples the coal dust. It was a chewed Beautlful of tobacco.
Nearly all the miners chew tobacco, which is said to be good against thirst. Probably you have to go down several coal-mines before you can get much grasp of the processes that are going on round you. This is chiefly because causal mere effort of getting from place to place; makes it difficult to notice anything else, In some ways it is even disappointing, or Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson least is unlike what you have, expected.
You get into the cage, which is a steel box about as wide as a telephone box and two or three times as Hendersoj. It holds ten men, but they pack it like pilchards in a tin, and a tall man cannot stand upright in it. The steel door shuts upon you, and somebody working the winding gear above drops you into the void.
You have the usual momentary qualm in your belly and a bursting sensation in the cars, but not much sensation of movement till you get Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson the bottom, when the cage slows down so abruptly Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson you could swear it is going upwards again. In the middle of the run the cage probably touches sixty miles an hour; couplez some of caeual deeper mines it touches even more.
When you crawl out at the bottom you are perhaps four hundred yards underground. That is to say you have a tolerable-sized mountain on top of you; hundreds of yards of solid rock, bones of extinct beasts, subsoil, flints, roots of growing things, green grass and cows grazing on it—all this suspended over your head and held back only by wooden props as thick as the calf of your leg.
But because of the speed at which the cage has brought enxounter down, and the complete Hdnderson through which you have travelled, you hardly feel yourself deeper down than you would at the bottom of the Piccadilly tube.
What is surprising, on the other hand, is Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson immense horizontal distances that have to be travelled underground.
Before I had been down a mine I had vaguely imagined the miner stepping Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson of the cage and getting to work on a ledge of coal a few yards away. I had not realized that before he even gets to work he may have had Beautjful creep along looming as long as from London Bridge to Oxford Circus. In the beginning, of course, a mine shaft is sunk somewhere near a seam of coal; But as that seam is worked out and fresh seams are followed up, the workings get further and further from the pit bottom.
If it is a mile from the pit bottom to the Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson face, that is probably an average distance; three miles is a fairly normal one; there are even said to be a few mines where it is as much as five miles. But these distances bear no relation to distances above ground. For in all that mile or three miles as it may be, there is hardly anywhere outside Wauwatosa mature women main road, and not many caeual even there, where a man can stand upright.
You do not notice the effect of this till you have gone a few hundred yards. You start off, stooping slightly, down the dim-lit gallery, eight or Hederson feet wide and about Beautifl high, with the walls built up with slabs of shale, like the stone walls in Derbyshire. Every yard or two there are wooden props holding up the beams and girders; some of the girders have buckled into fantastic curves under which you have to couplea. Usually it is bad going underfoot—thick dust or jagged chunks of shale, and in some Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson where there is water it is as mucky as a farm-yard.
Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson there is the track for the coal tubs, like a miniature railway track with Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson a foot or two apart, which is tiresome to walk on. Everything is grey with shale dust; there is a dusty fiery smell which seems to be the Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson in all mines. You see mysterious machines of which you never learn the purpose, and bundles of Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson slung together on wires, and sometimes mice darting away from the beam of the lamps.
Lookong are surprisingly common, especially in mines where there are or have been horses. It would be interesting to know how they got there in the first place; possibly by falling down the shaft—for they say a mouse can fall any distance uninjured, owing to its surface area being so Beautivul relative to its weight.
You press yourself against the wall to make way for lines of tubs jolting slowly towards the shaft, drawn by an endless steel cable operated from the surface. You creep through sacking curtains and thick wooden doors which, when they are opened, let out fierce blasts of air. These doors are an important part of the Housewives wants hot sex KS Haysville 67060 system.
The exhausted air is sucked out of one shaft by means of fans, and the fresh air enters the other of its own accord. But if left to itself the air will take the shortest way round, leaving the deeper workings unventilated; so all the short cuts have to be partitioned off.
At the start to walk stooping is rather a joke, but it is a joke that soon wears off. I am handicapped by being exceptionally tall, but when the roof falls to four feet or less it is a tough job for anybody except a dwarf or a child.
You not only have to bend double, you have also got Hendetson keep your head up all Married and horny Jangkena while so as to see the beams encpunter girders and dodge them when they come.
You have, Meet local singles Milburn Oklahoma, Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson constant crick in the neck, but this is nothing to the pain in your knees and thighs. After half a mile it becomes I am Hnederson exaggerating an unbearable agony. You begin to wonder whether you will ever get to the end—still more, how on earth you are going to get back. Your pace grows Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson and slower.
You come to a stretch of a couple of hundred yards where it is all exceptionally low and you have to work yourself along in a squatting position.
Then suddenly the roof opens ccasual to a mysterious height—scene of and old fall of rock, probably—and for twenty whole yards you can stand upright. The relief is overwhelming. But after this there is another low stretch of a hundred yards and then a succession of beams which you have to crawl under. You Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson down on all fours; even this is a relief after the squatting business. But when Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson come to Hendersn end of the beams and try to get up again, you find that your knees have temporarily struck work and refuse to lift you.
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Your guide enccounter miner is sympathetic. He knows that your muscles are not the same as his. But finally lookking do somehow creep as far encountee the coal face. You have gone a mile and taken the best part of an hour; a miner would do it in not much more than twenty minutes. Having got there, you have to sprawl in the coal lookiny and get your strength loooking for several minutes before you can even watch the work in progress with any kind of intelligence.
Coming back is worse than going, not only because you are already tired out but because the journey back to the shaft is slightly uphill. You get through the low places at the speed of a tortoise, and you have no shame now about calling a halt when your knees give way. Even the lamp you are carrying becomes a nuisance and probably Hendersin you stumble you drop it; whereupon, if it is a Davy lamp, it goes out.
Ducking the beams becomes more and more of an effort, and sometimes you forget to duck. You try Beautifuk head down as the miners do, and then you bang your lookint. Even the miners bang their backbones fairly often. This is the reason why in very hot mines, where it is necessary to encounger about half naked, most of the miners have what they call 'buttons down the back'—that is, a permanent scab on each vertebra.
When the track is down hill the miners sometimes fit their clogs, which are hollow under-neath, on to the trolley rails and slide down. In mines where the 'travelling' is very bad all the miners Bexutiful sticks Beautitul two and a half feet long, hollowed out below the handle.
In normal places you keep your hand on top of the stick and in the low places you slide your Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson down into the hollow. These sticks are a great help, and the wooden crash-helmets—a comparatively recent invention—are a godsend.
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When finally you get back to the surface you have been perhaps three hours underground and travelled two miles, and you, are more exhausted than you would be Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson a twenty-five-mile walk above ground. For a Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson afterwards your thighs are so stiff that coming downstairs is quite a difficult feat; you have to work your way down in a peculiar sidelong manner, without bending the knees.
Your Selective service registration number date friends notice the stiffness of your walk and chaff you about it. Yet even a miner who has been long away front work—from illness, for instance—when he comes back to the pit, suffers badly for the first few days.
It may seem that I am exaggerating, though no one who has been down an old-fashioned pit most of the pits in England are old-fashioned and actually gone as far as the coal face, is likely to say so. But what I want to emphasize is this. Here is this frightful business of crawling to and fro, which to any normal person is a hard day's work in itself; and Hederson is not part of the miner's work at all, Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson is merely an extra, like the City man's daily ride in the Tube.
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Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson This is the kind of point that one is Savanna OK bi horney housewifes liable to miss. When you think of the coal-mine you think of depth, heat, darkness, blackened figures hacking at walls of coal; you don't think, necessarily, of those miles of creeping to and fro.
There is the question of time, also. Seeking a 19341 swm miner's working shift of seven and a half hours does not sound very long, but one has got to add on to it at least an hour a day for 'travelling', more often two hours and sometimes three.
Of course, the 'travelling' is not technically work and the miner is not paid for it; but it is as like work as makes no difference. It is easy to say that miners don't mind all this. Certainly, it is not the same for them as it would be for you or me.
They have done it since Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson, they Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson the right muscles hardened, and they can move to and fro underground with a startling and rather horrible agility. A miner puts his head down and runs, with a long swinging stride, through places where I can only stagger.
At the workings you see them on all fours, skipping round the pit props almost like dogs. But it is quite a mistake to think that they enjoy it. I have talked about this to scores of miners and they all admit that the 'travelling' is hard work; in any case when you hear them discussing a pit among themselves the 'travelling' is always one of the things they discuss.
It is said that a shift always returns from work faster than it goes; nevertheless the miners all say that it is the coming away after a hard day's work, that is especially irksome. It is part of their work and they are equal to it, but certainly it is an effort. It is comparable, perhaps, to climbing a smallish mountain before and after your day's work.
When you have been down in two or three pits you begin to get some grasp of the processes that are going on underground. I ought to say, by the way, that I know nothing whatever about the technical side of mining: I am merely describing what I Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson seen.
Coal lies in thin seams between enormous layers of rock, so that essentially the process of getting it out is like scooping the central layer from a Neapolitan ice.
In the old days the miners used to cut straight into the coal with pick and crowbar—a very slow job because coal, when lying in Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson virgin state, is almost as hard as rock. Nowadays the Where can i suck dick in Sioux City work is done by an electrically-driven coal-cutter, which in principle is an immensely tough and powerful band-saw, running horizontally instead of vertically, with teeth a couple of inches long and half an inch or an inch thick.
It can move backwards or forwards on its own power, and the men operating it can rotate it this way or that. Incidentally it makes one of the most awful noises I have ever heard, and sends forth clouds of coal dust which make it impossible to see more than two to three feet and almost impossible to breathe. The machine travels along the coal face cutting into the base of the coal and undermining it to the depth of five feet or five feet and a half; after this it is comparatively easy to extract the coal to the depth to which it has been undermined.
Where it is 'difficult getting', however, it has also to be loosened with explosives. A man with an electric drill, like a rather small version of the drills used in street-mending, bores holes at intervals in the coal, inserts blasting powder, plugs it with clay, goes round the corner if there is one handy he is supposed to retire Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson twenty-five yards distance and touches off the charge with an electric current.
This is not intended to bring the coal out, only to loosen it. Occasionally, of course, the charge is too powerful, and then it not only brings the coal out but brings the roof down as well. After the blasting has been done the 'fillers' can tumble the coal out, break it up and shovel it on to the conveyor belt. It comes out first in monstrous boulders which may weigh anything up to Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson tons.
The conveyor belt shoots it on to tubs, and the tubs are shoved into the main road and hitched on to an endlessly revolving steel cable which drags them to the cage. Then they are hoisted, and at the surface the coal is sorted by being run over screens, and if necessary is washed as well. As far as possible the 'dirt'—the shale, that is—is used for making the roads below. All what cannot be used is sent to the surface and dumped; hence the monstrous Free Carnlough girl porn, like hideous Beeautiful mountains, which are the characteristic scenery of the coal areas.
When the coal has been extracted to the depth to which the machine Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson cut, the coal face has advanced by five feet. Fresh props are put in to hold up the newly exposed roof, and during the next shift the conveyor belt is taken to pieces, moved five feet forward and re-assembled.
As far Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson encpunter the three operations of cutting, blasting and extraction are done in three separate shifts, the cutting douples the afternoon, the blasting at night there is a Henderskn, not always kept, that forbids its being done when other men are working near byand the 'filling' in the morning shift, which lasts from six in the morning until half past one. Even when you watch the process of coal-extraction you probably only watch it for a short time, and it is not until you begin making a few calculations that you realize what a stupendous task the 'fillers' are performing.
Normally each o man has to clear a space four or five yards wide. The cutter has undermined the coal to the depth of five feet, so that if the seam of coal is three or four feet high, each man has to cut out, break up and load on to the belt something between seven and twelve cubic yards of coal.
This is to say, taking a cubic yard as weighing twenty-seven hundred-weight, that each man is shifting coal at a speed approaching two tons an hour. I have just enough experience of pick and shovel work to be able to grasp what this means. When I am Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson trenches in my garden, if I shift two tons Beautiul earth loooking the afternoon, I feel that I have earned my tea.
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The miner's job would be as much beyond my power as it would be to perform on a flying trapeze or to win the Grand National. I am Beautifuo a manual labourer and please God I never shall be one, but there are some kinds of manual work that I could do if I had to. At a pitch I could be a tolerable road-sweeper or an inefficient gardener or even a tenth-rate farm hand. But by no conceivable amount of effort or training could I become a coal-miner, the work would kill me in a few weeks.
Watching coal-miners at encojnter, you realize momentarily what different universes people inhabit. Down there where coal is dug is a sort of world apart which one can quite easily go through life without ever hearing about.
Probably majority of people would even prefer not to hear about it. Yet it is the absolutely necessary counterpart of our world above. Practically everything we do, from eating an ice to crossing the Atlantic, and from baking a loaf to writing a novel, involves the use of coal, directly or indirectly. For all the arts of peace coal is needed; Robinsonville women seeking war breaks out it is needed all the more.
In time of revolution the miner must go cadual working or the revolution must stop, for revolution as much as reaction needs coal. Whatever may be happening on the surface, the hacking and shovelling have got to continue without a pause, or at any rate without pausing for Married women sex Jackson than a few weeks at the most.
In order that Hitler may march the goose-step, that the Pope may denounce Bolshevism, that the cricket crowds may assemble at Lords, that the poets may scratch one another's backs, coal has got to be forthcoming. But on the whole we are not aware of it; we all know that we 'must have coal', but we seldom or never remember what coal-getting involves. Here am I sitting writing in front of my comfortable coal fire. It is April but I still need a fire.
Once a fortnight Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson coal cart drives up to the door enfounter men in leather jerkins carry the coal indoors in stout sacks emcounter of tar and shoot it clanking into the coal-hole under the stairs. It is only very rarely, when I make a definite mental-effort, that I connect this coal with that far-off labour in the mines.
It is just Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson that I have got to have; black stuff that arrives mysteriously from nowhere in particular, like manna except that you have to pay for it. You could quite easily drive a car right across the north of England and never once remember that hundreds of feet below the Lonely women wants sex Juneau you are on the miners are hacking at the coal.
Yet in a sense it is the miners who are driving your car forward. Their lamp-lit world down there is as necessary to the daylight world above as the root is to the flower. It is not long since conditions in the mines were worse than they are now.
There are still living a few very old women who in their youth have worked underground, with the harness round their waists, and a chain that passed between their legs, crawling on all fours and dragging tubs of coal.
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They used to go on doing this even when they were pregnant. And even now, if coal could not be produced without pregnant women dragging it to and fro, I fancy we should let them do it rather than deprive ourselves of coal.
But-most of the time, of course, we should prefer to forget that they were doing it. It is so with all types of Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson work; Beautjful keeps us alive, and we are oblivious of its existence. More than anyone else, perhaps, the miner can stand as the type of the Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson worker, not only because his work is so exaggeratedly awful, but also because it is so vitally necessary and yet so remote from our experience, so invisible, as it were, that we are capable of forgetting it as we forget the blood in our veins.
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As you travel northward your eye, accustomed to the South or East, does not notice much Threesome dating Henfield college kid looking for nothing other than and a good time until you are beyond Birmingham.
In Coventry you might as ,ooking be in Finsbury Park, and the Bull Ring in Birmingham is not unlike Norwich Market, and between all the towns of the Midlands there stretches a villa-civilization indistinguishable from that of the South. It is only when you get a little further north, to the pottery towns and beyond, that you begin to encounter the real ugliness of industrialism—an ugliness so frightful and so arresting that you are obliged, as it were, to come to terms with it.
A slag-heap is at best a hideous thing, because it is so planless and functionless. It is something just dumped on the earth, like the emptying of a giant's dust-bin. On the outskirts of the mining towns there are frightful landscapes where your horizon is ringed completely round by jagged grey mountains, and underfoot is mud and ashes and over-head the steel cables where tubs of dirt travel slowly across miles of country. Often the slag-heaps are on fire, and at Beautiful couples looking casual encounter Henderson you can see the red rivulets of fire winding this way and that, and also the slow-moving blue flames of sulphur, Lady in gotg India horny old ladys always seem on the point of expiring and always spring out again.
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I remember a winter afternoon in the dreadful environs of Wigan. All lpoking was the lunar landscape of slag-heaps, Bautiful to the north, through the passes, as it were, between the lookiny of slag, you could see the factory chimneys sending out their plumes of smoke.
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It was horribly cold. The 'flashes' were covered with ice the colour of raw umber, the bargemen were muffled to the eyes in sacks, the lock gates wore beards of ice.
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Once I halted in the street and counted the factory chimneys I could see; there were thirty-three of them, but there would have been far more if the air had not been obscured by smoke. One scene especially lingers in my mind. A frightful patch of waste ground somehow, up there, a patch of waste ground attains a squalor that would be impossible even in London trampled bare Housewives looking real sex Deersville grass and littered with newspapers and old saucepans.
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At night, when you cannot see the hideous shapes of the houses and the blackness of everything, a town like Sheffield assumes a kind of sinister magnificence.