from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pump and gear connected with it in the engine-shaft of a mine.
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'Would you like to leave the pit-work, David, and go into the engineers' department? '
His wages as apprentice were 8s. a week; but by working over-hours, making wooden wedges used in pit-work, and blocking out segments of solid oak required for walling the sides of the mine, he considerably increased his earnings, which enabled him to add to the gross income of the family, who were still struggling with the difficulties of small means and increasing expenses.
"Why, Mayster Frank," was the reply, "I've often thought I should just like to try my hand at it, for I was trained as a lad to pit-work.