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Page 32 - From Italian Lives, Cape Breton Memories: From the Memoirs of Thomas Cozzolino

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1999/6/1 (438 reads)

oven, free of charge, to bake bread; between the selling of bread and my pay, I was doing pretty well that winter. After settling everything in tiie camps, tiie company put me in charge of some excavation at the Coke Ovens to prepare for a small branch of railway. This was in January of 1900. The entire excavation project for the plant was being handled badly. The ground was frozen, and the men were being asked to dig with picks. It was very hard work for tiiem. The Superintendent was a bricklayer; he did not know anything Home • Auto • Commercial • Travel Motorhomes • Motorcycles Boats • Blue Cross Farms • RRSP ??i • a.pc|,'d. • .h,.u • ,.?B,ok, Alarms Discounts SENIORS DISCOUNTS (over age 50) 676 George St., SYDNEY Main St., ST. PETERS 562-1988 535-1988 301 Pitt St., PORT HAWKESBURY 625-1988 about excavation. I spoke to him several times, but he said, "Mind your business, the company is not paying you to teach them any? thing." I was getting fed up with the way tiie job was being handled. One day a young man came to the work site, and asked me how I was getting along. I said, "I'm not getting along at all; the work is costing four or five times more than it should. I can't do the work the way I want to do it. I am going to leave this place." Unknowingly, I was talking with the General Manager's son. I explained that, if a trestle was put up, eight men and a steam shovel could do at least three times as much work as the 80 men now working on the job. The steam shovel would not remain idle, because the cars could dump the material quickly and return for another load. Instead of using picks on frozen ground, we could use dynamite to make it easier for tiie men to complete the work in less time. The young man told his father all I had said. The next day the General Manager sent for me to discuss my ideas about cutting work expenses. At the end of our discussion, he said, 'L' uome Tor ine summer '.' stay for the fall colours '' vou are welcome to Newfoundlan< VICTORIA ( COUNTY C' Brunswick Atlantic Ocaan you iVICTORIA COUNTY Make Victoria County tiie centre of your stay in Cape Breton. Hiking, swimming and golfing, motels or camping, music and dance, museurns' and craftspeople • Victoria County is a world to explore. And it's an excellent' base from which to reach all '<'} other parts of the Island'''''''' N. < .cV''O'"' St. Lawranca Bay 5S''t Brook f Whita Pt. ;'rx?> ??-' ' Kaltic Lodga Capa Smokay SUMMER '99 "'??'"' mfA "CIAD MILE FAILTE" One Hundred Thousand Welcomes from VICTORIA COUNTY'S Warden, Councillors, & Residents Take time to meet our people! Victoria County Is a Year 'Round Joy! Whether It's a Summer sailing regatta, Winter Alpine and cross-country skiing, or driving and hiking through the Autumn • we invite you to join us, and ... Enjoy Victoria County • We Do! Victoria County Recreation Dept.: (902) 295-3231 or E-MAIL: [email protected] Cabot Day Cabot Landing Provincial Park: JUNE 26 Centre Bras d'Or Festival of the Arts Baddeck: JULY 15 to SEPTEMBER 30 Big Wave Summertime Festival Big Bras d'Or: JULY 17 to 24 Fishing Derby & Crabfest Bay St. Lawrence: JULY 18 Regatta Week Bras d'Or Yacht Club, Baddeck: AUGUST 1 to 7 Highland Village Day lona: august 7 Feis a' Mhoid/Gaelic Mod Gaelic College, St. Ann's: AUGUST 7 and 8 Pork Chop Barbecue Ross Ferry: august 14 Linger by the Sea Festival Neil's Harbour: AUGUST 15 to 22 North Shore Fishermen's Boat Races/ FieldDay/CrabfeSt Little River: august 20 and 2l| Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling Gaelic College, St. Ann's: AUGUST 20 to 22 Feis a' Bhaile/Festival Englishtown: august 21 North Shore Custom Antique Car Show Breton Cove: SEPTEMBER 18 Harvest Home Baddeck: September i8 Celtic Colours International Festival October 8-i6| AND MUCH MORE, SUMMER & WINTER! 32
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