cried the miner, standing still in alarm, and gazing in amazement at his companion.
At least a dozen, by their grimed faces and the safety lanterns which they carried, proclaimed themselves miners.
There was a murmur of sympathy and admiration from the miners at the dauntless demeanour of the newcomer, while the two policemen shrugged their shoulders and renewed a conversation between themselves.
McMurdo picked up his leather gripsack and was about to start off into the darkness, when one of the miners accosted him.
There was a chorus of friendly "Good-nights" from the other miners as they passed from the platform.
As they approached the centre of the town the scene was brightened by a row of well-lit stores, and even more by a cluster of saloons and gaming houses, in which the miners spent their hard-earned but generous wages.
My host says that the two principal improvements introduced by foreigners have been, first, reducing by previous roasting the copper pyrites -- which, being the common ore in Cornwall, the English miners were astounded on their arrival to find thrown away as useless: secondly, stamping and washing the scoriae from the old furnaces -- by which process particles of metal are recovered in abundance.
The miners who work in the mine itself have twenty-five shillings per month, and are allowed a little charqui.
A short time since a few miners, being out of work, obtained permission to scrape the ground round the house and mills; they washed the earth thus got together, and so procured thirty dollars' worth of gold.
Bad as the above treatment of the miners appears, it is gladly accepted of by them; for the condition of the labouring agriculturists is much worse.
And clear across to the Atlantic, the Junta in touch with them all and all of them needing guns, mere adventurers, soldiers of fortune, bandits, disgruntled American union men, socialists, anarchists, rough-necks, Mexican exiles, peons escaped from bondage, whipped miners
from the bull-pens of Coeur d'Alene and Colorado who desired only the more vindictively to fight--all the flotsam and jetsam of wild spirits from the madly complicated modern world.
This exploit was particularly gratifying to the three men; for they stood in need of the outfit which it furnished, and were enabled to make a long-desired trip into the virgin East, where miners
had not yet appeared.
Roquat the Red began work at once upon his tunnel, setting a thousand miners
at the task and building it high and broad enough for his armies to march through it with ease.
Several were sailors, but the large majority were miners, culled from all the camps from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.
The miners pitched their tents in the compound, and cooked on the beach, while Tudor dined with Joan and Sheldon.