Part 4, Chapter 5 Summary

Two weeks go by; it is early January and it is cold. The miners’ situation is worse than it has ever been, and starvation is imminent. The International in London sent some assistance, but that is gone now, and the “failure of their one great hope” has everyone feeling discouraged and abandoned.

Village Two Hundred and Forty is out of everything, despite frantic efforts at collections and raising public awareness as far away as Paris. All the miners’ belongings are silently appearing at the second-hand dealers, including wool stuffing from mattresses, kitchen utensils, and furniture. With no more credit available and nothing left to sell, “they might as well lie down and die in a corner like so many mangy...

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