Junior Steamers

| January/February 1961


The following article is taken from Holmes' Fourth Reader published in 1870 by the University Publishing Company, New York.

We think it is quite interesting and has a vital lesson in it for all. -Elmer

In one of the villages of the Newcastle coal-mining region was the humble dwelling of a very humble man. The little, old-fashioned kitchen was the home and study of a poor man, of whom the world then knew nothing, but has since known a great deal. He worked in a coal-pit. He never learned to read or write till he was eighteen, and then only went to school three evenings a week. But he had eyes, and what he saw with his eyes he thought upon. He carried it home, worked it over in his mind, and when occasion called, could use it in a manner that astonished his neighbors. I will give you an instance.

One of the coal-pits was flooded with water. The engine had been fruitlessly pumping for nearly twelve months, and came to be regarded as a total failure. The pit 'was drowned out?

One Saturday afternoon he went over to examine the engine more carefully than he had done before. One of the men asked him, 'Weel, George, what do you make of her?' 'Man,' said George, in reply, 'I could alter her and make her draw: in a week's time from this I could send you to the bottom.'