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The Underground City or The Child of the Cavern

The Underground City or The Child of the Cavern by Jules Verne
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Covering a time span of over ten years, this novel follows the fortunes of the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine, thought to have been mined out ten years earlier. Starr finds mine overman Simon Ford and his family living in a cottage deep inside the mine; he is astonished to find that Ford has made a discovery of the presence of a large vein of coal. Accompanying Simon Ford are his wife, Madge, and adult son, Harry.

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THE UNDERGROUND CITY

OR

THE BLACK INDIES

(Sometimes Called The Child of the Cavern)

Verne, Jules. Works of Jules Verne . Ed. Charles F. Horne. Vol. 9. New York: F. Tyler Daniels Company, 1911. 277 394.

THE UNDERGROUND CITY

CHAPTER I. CONTRADICTORY LETTERS

To Mr. F. R. Starr, Engineer, 30 Canongate, Edinburgh.

IF Mr. James Starr will come to morrow to the Aberfoyle coal mines, Dochart pit, Yarrow shaft, a communication of an interesting nature will be made to him.

"Mr. James Starr will be awaited for, the whole day, at the Callander station, by Harry Ford, son of the old overman Simon Ford."

"He is requested to keep this invitation secret."

Such was the letter which James Starr received by the first post, on the 3rd December, 18 , the letter bearing the Aberfoyle postmark, county of Stirling, Scotland.

The engineer's curiosity was excited to the highest pitch. It never occurred to him to doubt whether this letter might not be a hoax. For many years he had known Simon Ford, one of the former foremen of the Aberfoyle mines, of which he, James Starr, had for twenty years, been the manager, or, as he would be termed in English coal mines, the viewer... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - October 3, 2015
Subject: Review Child of the Mine
Wonderful book! Sean Michael Hogan can read to me any day! The woman however should only be reading children's books! I recommend this book to all of Jules Vernes fans.


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