1 Men not men, but animas of coal and iron and clay.
2 He simply felt life rush into him out of the coal, out of the pit.
3 The iron and the coal had eaten deep into the bodies and souls of the men.
4 They talk about putting coal to new uses, like Sir Clifford is trying to do.
5 But you can't nationalize coal and leave all the other industries as they are.
6 They had appeared out of nowhere in their thousands, when the coal had called for them.
7 At first he thought the solution lay in electricity: convert the coal into electric power.
8 But even on windless days the air always smelt of something under-earth: sulphur, iron, coal, or acid.
9 If there were coal under Sandringham, I would open a mine on the lawns, and think it first-rate landscape gardening.
10 It was a world of iron and coal, the cruelty of iron and the smoke of coal, and the endless, endless greed that drove it all.
11 Some of them simply dreads those iron men, as they call them, those machines for hewing the coal, where men always did it before.
12 Creatures of another reality, they were elementals, serving the elements of coal, as the metal-workers were elementals, serving the element of iron.
13 They had perhaps some of the weird, inhuman beauty of minerals, the lustre of coal, the weight and blueness and resistance of iron, the transparency of glass.
14 He was a great deal at the pits, and wrestling in spirit with the almost hopeless problems of getting out his coal in the most economical fashion and then selling it when he'd got it out.
15 Clifford's idea was, that his coal, even the poor sort, could be made into hard concentrated fuel that would burn at great heat if fed with certain damp, acidulated air at a fairly strong pressure.
16 He began to read again his technical works on the coal-mining industry, he studied the government reports, and he read with care the latest things on mining and the chemistry of coal and of shale which were written in German.
17 But once you started a sort of research in the field of coal-mining, a study of methods and means, a study of by-products and the chemical possibilities of coal, it was astounding the ingenuity and the almost uncanny cleverness of the modern technical mind, as if really the devil himself had lent fiend's wits to the technical scientists of industry.
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