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The Trapper - Danger in the mine

The Trapper - Danger in the mine

Jimmy is becoming used to his life as a 'trapper'. When he hears his brother - Benjamin - and an older miner called William approaching with a coal cart he opens his trap door as usual to let them through.

Suddenly they hear a trickle of water and the shaft begins to flood.

They are unable to open the trap door so they have no option but to follow the water towards its source.

Jimmy and Benjamin struggle against the flood until they eventually make it to the surface, exhausted but alive.

A crowd has gathered at the mine and Jimmy and Benjamin learn that a sudden summer rainstorm has flooded the mine, drowning many workers including several children.

Images reproduced with kind permission from the The National Coal Mining Museum for England.

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