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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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Her most famous book was the novel Pit Pony, the story of Willie, an 11-year-old boy in early 20th-century Nova Scotia who is forced to work as a trapper in a Cape Breton coal mine, and Gem, the Sable Island "pit" pony he befriends.
Roy, 64, who runs a pit pony sanctuary in Pontypridd, Wales, denied his petition was a waste of time.
Even though he is blind, his pit pony Nelson leads him out of danger.
Started like a stallion, ending like a pit pony dragged down by bullying women.
In the same month you can also visit and meet over 25 horses and ponies at the Pit Pony Sanctuary at Fforest Uchaf Farm.
LOOKS like a pit pony, but unerring VW solidity shines through.
Production for younger audiences in the region comes from a strong tradition that boasts successful programs such as the CBC's still-going strong Street Sense, Cochrane Entertainment's Theodore Tugboat and Pit Pony, and Salter Street's popular Emily of New Moon.
But Peckham continues to plead for money for his own venture - despite the fact he only appears to have rescued ONE pit pony.
Have a go at making a 'Jack in the Green' mask in the School or try some Maypole dancing the pit pony field.
Spectators were treated to Victorian horse-drawn omnibuses, working pit pony demonstrations, First World War vehicles and donkey rides.
After all, Blaenavon's Big Pit, to the Taff Trail and the stunning Sultan the Pit Pony earth sculpture have all helped put the area on the map.
In my view, the judge was as naive as a pit pony fresh down the shaft.