Cornish Miners Brought More to America Mining than Mining Skills

Mining skills are not the only thing brought to America by Cornish miners. It seems that the Tommyknockers hitched a ride over with their mining pals.A Tommyknocker is a little elf-like creature, who lives in mines. They have the

ability to walk though walls and disappear at will. While they may be

mischievous, stealing miners belongings and such prankishness, they are

basically benevolent to miners and, while a bit spooky, are welcome guests in

the mines.It has long been thought that the tappings and other such noises on mine walls,

on beams, and in shafts are due to the Tommyknockes. Miners have long

recognized these noises as the Tommyknocker’s way of signaling impending

danger to the miners. There are few, if any, mining areas which are free from

legends of Miners who have heeded these warnings and been saved from

disaster. Some legends go even further and recant instances in which miners in

trouble have actually been saved by the Tommyknockers.If you are ever wandering around in mining territory, and hear rapping coming

from inside of a mine tunnel or shaft, you don’t need to be scared of the little

fellows. It is a good idea, however, to vacate the area you hear the rapping

coming from immediately as they might be trying to send you a warning.

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