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Judith Sommers is together with her only daughter April on their way
to Judithīs sisterīs wedding.
It is a long drive through three states, so they have stopped to
stay for the night at a hotel in the small town.
But as they the next morning are ready to leave , and only are waiting for the bellboy
to bring down their suitcases, April notices something odd.
mom - It looks like that policeman
is watching our car."
am I here?
is my mother,
and why have you taken my shoes?"
"You will see your mother again in a couple of hours, when you
both goes to court.
Shoes can be used as a weapon, so I must
take them from you for your own protection,
so you willnīt harm yourself."
(And because he has noticed Aprilīs expencive par of shoes has the
same number in size,
as his daughter uses!)
"Stand still !
I have to be sure, you have nothing hidden,
you can use to harm yourself."
- no !
We donīt have any time for this!
My sisterīs wedding is tomorrow at 12 oīclock.
I must make a phone call and tell her,
we might be a little late.
Puh - Here stinks !
My clothes are going to smell of old urin.
Judith Sommers and miss April Sommers.
You have been found guilty in having
been driving in a stolen car, and I sentence
you both to life imprisonment with hard labour
for your crimes."
"What? - No you are all wrong, you canīt do that !
We have never stolen anything!
This is outrageous -
I demand you call my husband immediately.
He is a accountant in a large firm.
two must go with me, and I donīt want
to hear any kind of nonsens.
You will both be punished if only one of
you dosnīt do exactly, as i say!
Now hold out your hands,
so I can lock this chain unto your cuffs."
Judith has never felt
so humiliated before,
as when she walks through the town
chained together with her daughter,
as were they common criminals.
on - Hurry up !
I can not use all my day on you two."
is this place?
It donīt look like a normal prison.
Rather like some sort of mine.
the outer gate Tom.
Iīam bringing in a girl and a woman."
- I have other things to do
than taking care of you two!"
Frightened and disbeliefed
Judith and April enters their new world.
a good look at my face new girls!
Iīam Maria, head girl of this shaft.
You do anything I say at once, or you will
be punished with this."
You will take off all your clothes and trinkets.
You will not need any of them down here."
"No! - Stop
April ! Donīt do it !
You can take my shoes and our jewellery
but we are NOT going to take our clothes off !!!"
Now you can stand there, while we
process your daughter."
of what they have done to her mother,
April hurries to strip of her clothes.
- Please let me down!
My shoulders hurts so bad.
We will both do anything you say!!!"
Not wanting to
cripple her already
on her first day in the Mine, the foreman takes
Judith down and chains her.
"First a nice
collar for your pretty neck,
and then a chain for your ankles, so
you willnīt be tempted to run away!"
Maria, they are all yours.
See to they do as much work as possible
for the rest of the day, and donīt hesitate
useing your cane on them, if they slack of!"
That night the 2
new sweaty, hungry, and
bewildered slaves, tries to get some rest.
None of them can sleep.
They have got nothing to eat ,since they ate breakfast
at the hotel, their feet hurts, and their hands are blistered.
On top of all this, they suffer from cramps in their legs
from sitting in this position.
Very early the
next morning begines
their first full 18 hours work day in the mine.
Judith is orderet to work with the pickaxe, -
while April is
orderet to pick up scattered peaches
of coal in another tunnel.
Suddently she sees a black woman clad
in very filthy clothes comming in her direction.
"You must be
new down here white girl!
Iīam old Mama -
I have been here a lot of years.
You look very pretty in that fine new sack.
Will you like to see old Mama look pretty?"
April is wise
enough not to try to resist,
so old Mama is so kind to let her put on her
old rags in return, so she donīt have to go naked.
For a moment April
sits down trying to
fight back her tears.
Then the foreman comes back and sees her
sitting there doing nothing.
Lucky for her, itīs not Maria who sees her.
She would have beaten her merciless
with her cane for not working.
Because she is
new, he donīt use the cane,
but only slaps her hard 3 or 4 times across her face.
Then he orders the young girl to work with the pickaxe.
No reasone to spare her anymore, he thinks.
She is here to work and nothing els.
The next hours she
hacks out more and more
pices of coal, as she learns how to use
the heavy pickaxe.
At the end of the
day she, much to both her and the Foremanīs surprice, has brocken
over a ton of coal and looks like she can continue for yet an hour.
The next day,
pleased with her work, and now aware of
her surprising strength,
he make April push
the heavy coal waggons, to see how she will manage that.
This is a job for the very strong girls!
In the meantime
Christina has spend her day
toilling as usual, beginning with crawling
to the workplace the foreman this day has assigned her.
The next 18 hours
she shall help the waggon slaves
loading the waggons as quickly
One of the waggon
slaves named Joan
is near a breakdown from pain and exhaustion.
"My hands -
Look at them -
I think one of my fingers is brocken !"
"Ha !" - Christina sneers at her,
beginning to become bestialized from the long time,
she has spend in the mine as a slave -
- "My hands
are also bleeding, and
try to look at my feet honey-
that inflamed gash goes right to the bone!,
and ..... "
Christina is so
bussy boasting with
her wounds, she donīt notice, the foreman
is comming down the tunnel together
with a freashly arrived slavewoman.
"Keep quiet lazy slut !
When I am finish with you, you will never
dream of shirking from your work again.
And tonight Maria will give you 40 strocks
with her cane, before you sleep!"
The sound of the
lashes and Christinaīs
screams echoes through the tunnels, so
the next waggon slave donīt dare enter the
loading site before the foreman is finished.