They are what a veteran of pick-and-shovel methods called them when he first saw one in operation.
There are no factories shut down through lack of labor, no projected railroads unbuilt for want of pick-and-shovel men.
The professor was not a success as a pick-and-shovel man, though he did his best.
Winton was in the thick of the pick-and-shovel melee, urging it on, when Biggin ran up.
And it can be said that never labourer proved himself more worthy of his hire than the pick-and-shovel man of those early days.
This is considerably less than pick-and-shovel men get in the community where he lives.
The theory is that he got discouraged with pick-and-shovel work and fired a blast to bring down a big bunch of copper ore.
I still wanted to work, but I decided that I didn't want to start life at its pick-and-shovel end—if I could help it.
Up from the gravelly, pick-and-shovel labor of the new-made grave it lifts its weirdly magnetic eyes to the Widow's tears.
Did you catch and hold the pick-and-shovel men from this camp?