"Hush, on your life!" 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. These sat smoking in a group and conversed in low voices, glancing occasionally at two men on the opposite side of the car, whose uniforms and badges showed them to be policemen.
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.
The next instant the stranger felt the miner's hand grip his wrist.
"Never laid eyes on him before," the miner concluded his scrutiny.
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.
Ludwig Binkerhoof saw three as recently as 1792, in the Black Forest, and Sneddeker avers that in 1803 they drove a party of miners
out of a Silesian mine.
were in from Moseyed Creek and the other diggings to the west, the summer washing had been good, and the men's pouches were heavy with dust and nuggets.
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.
A "miners' meeting," called on the spot, decided that the dog had sufficient provocation, and Buck was discharged.
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.