Below and on Top and Other Stories by Edward Dyson

Below and on Top and Other Stories

byEdward Dyson

Kobo ebook | August 3, 2013

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THE Peep-o'-Day had been shut down for a long time now. The grand

machinery rusted in the imposing brick engine-house, deserted by all

saving the swallows and Dick, who could just squeeze in through the slit

in the wall where the beam rode, and who did not share the superstitious

fear inspired in his schoolmates by its dim light and silence and

loneliness. The rabbits burrowed and bred under the black boilers and

about the foundations of the towering stack, and a subduing influence

hung around the old mine and touched with reverence the stranger

loitering curiously about its many buildings and piled-up tips.


Over young Dick Haddon the mine exerted a peculiar fascination. Most of

his spare time after school hours and on Saturday afternoons he spent

running at large about the place, washing innumerable prospects in his

old fryingpan at the big dam. He found his way into the locked offices,

and rummaged the blacksmith's shop, the engine-room and boiler-houses;

climbed the lightning-rod on the dizzy, rocking smoke-stack, to the

imminent risk of his precious neck; scrambled over every part of

poppet-legs, brace, and puddling plat, doing monkey on the tie-beams,

with sheer falls of a hundred or two hundred feet inviting him to the

scattered, clean white boulders below; or taking the air up on the

poppet-heads, to the scandal of Brother Bear or Brother Petric or any

other pious brother of the little Waddytown Wesleyan chapel, for all

believed such devilment to be a certain evidence of evil possession.


The mine had always filled the greater part of the boy's life. He

remembered since memory began with him a mighty, smoking, whistling

entity, vomiting unending water, and clattering truck-loads of gravel and

slate, and curious streams of white mullock, fed with big four-horse

waggon-loads of wood that came up the muddy Springs road to the

accompaniment of volleying whip-cracks and gorgeous profanity that seemed

grand and inspiring and filled him with the same large emotions as a tale

of "Arabian Nights" read aloud by his mother before the winter evening


Title:Below and on Top and Other StoriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 3, 2013Publisher:WDS PublishingLanguage:English

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