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When we got there, we discovered that there was a one-dollar excursion to New Liskeard on the old Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway. This was the line Fred La Rose was working on when he found the silver at Cobalt. They call it the Ontario Northland now, but in those days the trains made so many stops as they wound through the north country, and ran into so many delays, that the T. O. " George had relatives in New Liskeard, and more to the point as far as I was concerned, a girlfriend. So we decided to take the excursion.
That was definitely not a true story, because I beat her to it. I coaxed and coaxed that poor mine captain. "I can look like a boy," I said. " I was slim enough to get away with it, and I just worked on him until he gave in and provided me with coveralls and big miner's boots. Then I tucked my hair up under a miner's helmet, and we got into the cage to go down into the dark below. I suppose I should have been scared stiff as the cage began to clatter its way down, but instead I was enthralled. All those stories Joe had told me came back to me as we walked through the empty tunnels and the mine captain pointed out the veins of silver in the rock.
Finally, Neil Black, one of my boarders who made his living selling Christmas cards for a Toronto company, 47 FROM THE GROUND UP suggested that George and I could do better for ourselves if we moved to London. George had been out of work for a long time and had nothing to lose, and when Neil persuaded his boss to let me sell wholesale cards for him in the London area, I decided to pick up stakes and move. We held on to our house in Windsor. I had a lady move in to look after the boarders, and we rented a big house in London for I think it was $90 a month.
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