They also had an old man use his witching stick to see if there was any water where they wanted to dig. It was very important to have a dry hole. Well, he was right, the shaft was bone dry all the way down. The coal was about 5 or 6 foot deep down in the mine. It was a mine they were able to walk right into, they didn’t have to stoop over or crawl into it. The mine got bigger and bigger through the years and they had a big shaft there and a big cogwheel one side and a big steel thing that would be hoisted up and a trip that would dump the coal. The coal was hauled out in a car that held about 2 or 3 tons and this was dumped into a skip which was hoisted up to be dumped. This mine was operated for about 7 to 10 years. Tom took a lot of coal out of this shaft. Jack told about being down in the mine. He told of how dark it is in a mine. No light whatsoever except for artificial light.
A man from Tennessee who worked for Sinclair Mines in Knoxville told Jack this story. He said his dad was burning chunk coal and someone was stealing his coal. So he drilled a hole in one of the chunks and put some blasting powder into the hole. In two or three nights he found out who was stealing his coal because it blew up on them. This is another story he told. The old man raised chickens and he went out to the chicken house one morning and found a billfold, which had $700 in it. He knew the thief had lost it in there while he was stealing his chickens. Next thing he knew this man came down to see the old man and asked to buy his property. So he told him, “Yes, it is for sale for the right price”. The thief said he wanted to look it over first and he wanted to check the chicken house and look over the buildings. But the thief never fooled the old man and left without getting his wallet back.