Jopling Tells of Cornishmen The Wakefield News 13 Aug 1927

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The Wakefield News 13 Aug 1927 - VOLUME XVI--NUMBER 4 His JOPLJNG TELLS...
VOLUME XVI--NUMBER 4 His JOPLJNG TELLS OFCORNISHMEN feJef -TSnsfkieer of Cleve!and4Cliff s «^aies History of the "Cousin Jack" MINERS TERMS~FROM CORNISH "The Cornish Miners of the Upper Peninsula," is the title of a .p ape t pared by James E. Jopling £ n- of the Cleveland of n Historical sooietY. Mr Jopling has spent many years in the Lake Superior region and has come in cose contact with - the men who d£ the iron ore underground. The which follows, has a distinct hi value and 'is Highly interesting from England and ^ed'£ S?S££ and iron district introduced manv of the mining terms and working conditions- conditions- now in eenernl use. general ev brought with them their dialect which "Yes. the \week. guess through forty managed "What are "Well." sever still, made in He put vest dull and took it it was a 18S7. Says lief, all of which expressed with a racial strength of character and intel- Htct make them the most interesting o^ the various ethnic types that settled in the upper peninsula of Michigan ."The present object is. to" note· the effect of this immigration, more especially especially in showing the nrinin and phrases. For this pm-p_ c principal emphasis of this article will j 1D " P r °bleras - to relate at some length a descrip- i eo -nipnient and n of "fVhmTMii. ^ving, the llistory ntaetnre have Definite Ford fact" F.dsel B. tion of Cornwall;, ° f terms -n to illustrate the use of a few of them concluding with some general remarks on the characteristics O f the Cornish- terms i " The new purpose the! an accomplished then men. "But before type is each part e ery to of building over the "We know i-s. We have cars and even better under a variety "We know The story of the Cornish mining terms can be traced through the many words and phrases used at the mine's of the upper peninsula of Michigan Cormshmen were principal miners who took part in the development of these mines during the past 80 years or more *fc was after 1840 that the copper and iron mines of the Lake Superior region region were^raduaily opened. At that period the copper and tin mines of - Cornwall had reached their peak of production and relative value of the product. Those mines had been worked in .a small way for many centuries centuries and i t w a s o n l y theintroduction n!Jcen - is now of steam driven machinery in the Iat-| " But we must tcr part of the eighteenth century automobile personnel and dnction tJiken, is now miners tg.sink fheln. llc esteem today, ^a -- ·4--~^^ptt«ri . ^a^^ ._ ore from greater depths. By this development development a large number of'men had been trained in the work and as the Cornish mines became exhausted, they sought employment in other mining districts. The Michigan Pioneer Historical Historical Collection contains in Volume XI an-article'by John H. Foster. 1887, entitled 'Life in the Copper Mines of Lake Superior', which tells of such Cornishmen. ."My^own experience in Cornish terms in the upper peninsula began some 4= years ago when I became a mining engineer. At that" time in the upper peninsula of Michigan nearly all the superintendents, or captains as they are called, in charge of the mines were Cornish, as well as the shift bosses and most of the miners. A knowledge of the principal terms was naturally an every day necessity and with it came an acquaintance of the Cornish dialect spoken by the men, many of whom, had emigrated to the. United States a few years before that date- This dialect was most pronounced, dif- ly as it is automobile afford to testing for him. afford to discover models. 7 "Some of the discovered are accomplished 65 found that hours at an ;~() miles per to driver or harm to motor WAKEFIELD DIES A sufferer lungs for the son of Mr. road, died Hospital ea'rly been a patient a few weeks. The young at the time native of this fering from the other dialects of England. England. It had followed the gradual dying out of the Cornish language j his parents from 200 to 300 years ago, but even Matt. in- Cornwall itself there were differences differences in speech so that among the Cornish the very town from which a sisters: Tynni. Helen. He here until came could be identified by hear- ne left school farm. Funeral city Monday will he made ing him speak. "TKe Cornish language, from which originated many of the terms and more particularly the names of places and people, was Celtic or Keltic and belonged belonged to the third division of that, language known as the Brythomic similar similar to that spoken by the ancient Bretons Bretons of France. These Celts, who were a fair-haired, blue-eyed people of great stature, conquered the older races in the southwestern part of England England and. imposed their language. "This differs considerably from that .pf the Welsh and Irish and still more from the Gaelic. "The dialects of Cornwall were established established gradually, following the intercourse intercourse with the Saxon Conquerers of England. Even in Cornwall itself the dialect of the west division differs greatly from that of the eastern, whioh is more like that of Devonshire. "In Cornwall a change in speech has continued so that when I visited it in 1905 it was to be noted that the dialect was hardly spoRen at. all in the towns but still could be heard in the outlying outlying villages. "My visit to Cornwall "was a delightful delightful experience, although but for a week, and that just before the Christmas Christmas of 1005. The weather resembled Fined for Gus Linn driver's days Monday, before Justice a car when Sunday by Leo oop, on the Chris Rauha. fined $W.2Z paid their Mr. and for a short Clarence ling, of the Sunday from a range. Mrs. H. H. spending a summer home on' Michigamme. Mrs. Joseph Sunday morning the past two has; been that of an Indian summer, as we call i William such weather in Michigan. The coun- j Action. try has been described by many visi- 1 PTMved in tors who speak in glowing terms of 5t to Dr. Blum for ' ' the scenery. The high rocky hills (Continued on page 3) 'in her to Chicago in a final

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