Every morning at seven o’clock there’s twenty

Every morning at seven o’clock there’s twenty terriers drilling on the rock. The boss comes around and he says, “Keep still and bear down heavy on the cast-iron drill and drill, ye terriers, drill.” And drills, ye terriers, drill its work all day for sugar in your tea down beyond the railway. And drill, ye terriers, drill .The foreman’s name was John McAnn. By God, he was a blamed mean man. One day a premature blast went off And a mile in the air went big Jim Goff. And drill ... Then when next payday came around Jim Goff a dollar short was found. When he asked what for, came this reply: “You were docked for the time you were up in the sky.” And drill... —American folksong What was Goff’s hourly wage? State the assumptions you make in computing it.


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