I opened the door of the coal cellar, and stood there in the darkness staring at the faintly lit doorway into the kitchen, and listen- ing.
I crept back to the coal cellar, shut the door, and began to cover myself up as much as I could, and as noiselessly as possible in the darkness, among the firewood and coal therein.
Dickon," cried she sharply, "another coal for my pipe
Hardly had she spoken, than, just as before, there was a red-glowing coal on the top of the tobacco.
I had to pass coal for the day and night shifts, and, despite working through the noon-hour, I never finished my task before eight at night.
I worked at top speed, filling the iron wheelbarrow with coal, running it on the scales and weighing the load, then trundling it into the fire-room and dumping it on the plates before the fires.
These furnaces, constructed of fireproof brick, were especially adapted for burning pit coal, with a flat bottom upon which the iron bars were laid.
As many pounds of metal as there were to cast, so many pounds of coal were there to burn.
On the other side a brewery waggon was locking with the coal waggon, and an east-bound Kearny Street car, wildly clanging its gong, the motorman shouting defiance at the crossing policeman, was dashing forward to complete the blockade.
The driver of the coal waggon, a big man in shirt sleeves, lighted a pipe and sat smoking.
Here, in their diving-dresses, pick axe and shovel in hand, my men extract the coal
, which I do not even ask from the mines of the earth.
Instead of raising the price of coal
without adding an ounce of coal
to the market supply, I'd be making thousands and thousands of cords of firewood--making something where nothing was before.
The Coal Tar Maggie came sloshing into their midst with a light breeze astern, and they crowded on deck to see us.
We took no notice of the joking, but acted, after the manner of greenhorns, as though the Coal Tar Maggie required our undivided attention.
Henry inquired, placing coal
on the fire, drawing a chair up to the grate, and laying aside her cloak.