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V4-Chapter 9

Chapter Nine The Worm Turns Revolution, Socialism, Communism, despite the appalling working conditions, all were slow coming to the Sierra Almagrera. The patient, indifferent, tolerant...

V4-Chapter 8

Chapter Eight ..... In Health The hospital provision for the sick and injured, like so much else, depended upon co-operation and goodwill on the part...

V4-Chapter 7

Chapter Seven In Sickness and ..... The diseases of poverty, together with occupational diseases, infestations and fungal infections, poisoning, all were common. A cornucopia of...

V4-Chapter 6

Chapter Six Snakes and Ladders There was a choice of two ways to get to the work face, the ladders or the lift. Both were...

V4-Chapter 5

Chapter Five A Casual Exploitation Everything about the terms and conditions of the workers was weighted in favour of the mine owners. The two-month blocks...

V4-Chapter 4

Chapter Four The Dead Workers' Work The dead workers were not dead, it was the name given to the non-profitable sinking of shafts and driving...

V4-Chapter 3

Chapter Three The Gavia Army The most distressing aspect of the 19th and 20th Centuries has to be that of child labour. One third of...

V4-Chapter 2

Chapter Two The Division of Labour Because there was no mechanization and very little water, mining, and associated activities, were very labour intensive in the...

V4-Chapter 1

Volume Four of Then, There Were Mines, is all about the men who lived, worked and sometimes died in the Almagrera mountains. Author's Notes: COME, ALL...

V3-Chapter 4

Chapter Four Two White Elephants Not one, but two white elephants. The sorry tale of the desalination plants, one completely disappeared, demolished before the encroaching...

V3-Chapter 3

Chapter Three To Fetch A Pail of Water Moving away from the Sierra and on to the coastal plain, this chapter looks at the traditional...

V3-Chapter 2

Chapter Two Aljibes. A Centuries Old Solution To us, harvesting rainwater for human consumption, seems an alien concept, but here, in this semi-desert region, with...

V3-Chapter 1

Volume Three of, Then, There Were Mines, investigates how water was harvested in this arid region, and examines the impact of modern-day farming on...

V2-Chapter 4

Chapter Four The Donkeys' Decline As well as taking a closer look at the mine Republica Romana, with its integrated rail, inclined plane, and aero-cable...

V2-Chapter 3

Chapter Three Technology in the Sierra It was the Basques, in the form of The Men From Bilbao, who brought the Sierra Almagrera kicking and...