The Underground City, or, the Child of the Cavern

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Title: The Underground City

Author: Jules Verne

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Language: English

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THE UNDERGROUND CITY
    OR
THE BLACK INDIES
(Sometimes Called The Child of the Cavern)

By Jules Verne
    Verne, Jules. Works of Jules Verne . Ed. Charles F. Horne.
Vol. 9. New York: F. Tyler Daniels Company, 1911. 277-394.

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Contents
    THE UNDERGROUND CITY

    CHAPTER I.
CONTRADICTORY LETTERS
CHAPTER II.
ON THE ROAD
CHAPTER III.
THE DOCHART PIT
CHAPTER IV.
THE FORD FAMILY
CHAPTER V.
SOME STRANGE PHENOMENA
CHAPTER VI.
SIMON FORD'S EXPERIMENT
CHAPTER VII.
NEW ABERFOYLE
CHAPTER VIII.
EXPLORING
CHAPTER IX.
THE FIRE-MAIDENS
CHAPTER X.
COAL TOWN
CHAPTER XI.
HANGING BY A THREAD
CHAPTER XII.
NELL ADOPTED
CHAPTER XIII.
ON THE REVOLVING LADDER
CHAPTER XIV.
A SUNRISE
CHAPTER XV.
LOCH LOMOND AND LOCH KATRINE
CHAPTER XVI.
A FINAL THREAT
CHAPTER XVII.
THE "MONK"
CHAPTER XVIII.   
NELL'S WEDDING
CHAPTER XIX.
THE LEGEND OF OLD SILFAX

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THE UNDERGROUND CITY

CHAPTER I. CONTRADICTORY LETTERS
    To Mr. F. R. Starr, Engineer, 30 Canongate, Edinburgh.
    IF Mr. James Starr will come to-morrow to the Aberfoyle coal-mines, Dochart pit, Yarrow shaft, a communication of an interesting nature will be made to him.
    "Mr. James Starr will be awaited for, the whole day, at the Callander station, by Harry Ford, son of the old overman Simon Ford."
    "He is requested to keep this invitation secret."
    Such was the letter which James Starr received by the first post, on the 3rd December, 18—, the letter bearing the Aberfoyle postmark, county of Stirling, Scotland.
    The engineer's curiosity was excited to the highest pitch. It never occurred to him to doubt whether this letter might not be a hoax. For many years he had known Simon Ford, one of the former foremen of the Aberfoyle mines, of which he, James Starr, had for twenty years, been the manager, or, as he would be termed in English coal-mines, the viewer. James Starr was a strongly-constituted man, on whom his fifty-five years weighed no more heavily than if they had been forty. He belonged to an old Edinburgh family, and was one of its most distinguished members. His labors did credit to the body of engineers who are gradually devouring the carboniferous subsoil of the United Kingdom, as much at Cardiff and Newcastle, as in the southern counties of Scotland. However, it was more particularly in the depths of the mysterious mines of Aberfoyle, which border on the Alloa mines and occupy part of the county of Stirling, that the name of Starr had acquired the greatest renown. There, the

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