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He saw a chasm. He saw the miners underground — Connor, Searle, Ulf, Arno, Martin and himself — in fevered work around a strange engine.

They would draw back its iron-tipped ram by windlass and fire it, and the air was full of dust and shouting, and full tilt, again and again they battered at the rock, that they might tunnel at great speed and they burst out at the far side of the earth!