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Then we whirled in with the pick and shovel, and in about two hours and a half the job was done.
The sounds of the picks against the rock, the bursting of mines, the grinding of the machines, the wreaths of smoke scattered through the air, traced around Stones Hill a circle of terror which the herds of buffaloes and the war parties of the Seminoles never ventured to pass.
One of the others commenced to ply his pick to the ground.
He asserted that he was going to pick more than anyone that day, but mother; of course no one could pick so much as mother; that reminded him of the trials which Aphrodite put upon the curious Psyche, and he began to tell his children the story of her love for the unseen bridegroom.
From the grass roots down," he muttered in an awestricken voice, as he swung his pick into the yielding surface.
Again he climbed the slide, but this time he climbed higher, carrying the pick and shovel with him.
If you want to preach, come and take a pick now, and preach when they're resting,' and he did and worked well too, and afterwards when we had to knock off, he preached, and Trent took the chair and made 'em all listen.
They came compactly, as if with discipline, while behind, disorderly, yelling confusedly, stooping to pick up rocks, were seventy-five or a hundred of the striking shopmen.
They were too much absorbed in hating themselves -- hating the ill luck that made them take the spade and the pick there.
9 : to pluck with the fingers or with a pick <pick a banjo>
But Buffalo made one of the first round's most surprising picks by taking safety Donte Whitner eighth overall.
Finding great stock picks is not the game it used to be," McKinley said.