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We were in and out o that pool at least 10 times during the day inter-rupted by rantic games o towel tag, sock tag, building tents with ourblankets and towels, lching comic books rom the supervised play-ground, and keeping an eye out or empty pop bottles. Tese bottleswent to the canteen and or 1 coke bottle and 1 orange crush bottle youcould load up with penny candy that lasted all aernoon (jaw breakers,sugar strawberries, black babies, mint leaves, etc.).We had no concept o time. It seemed like those days at Mc-Dougall Hall were going to go on orever. When the hottest part o theday was upon us then we noticed some o the older kids, adults andeven the lie guard start to cast glances north towards what was knownas Sullivan Hill. Tat was our rst clue that “the happening” was aboutto commence. Minutes later all action stopped. Games o tag, races,swimming came to an end with silence as the barely audible wail o a siren began to ll the air. In a ew seconds it was at ull pitch andhundreds o people and all o own Site would be standing transxedstaring up at Sullivan Hill. It seemed like orever we stood there, thetension so thick you could cut it with a knie. And then it happened.KABOOM! Sixty years later, words don’t do those moments justice. I you were standing beside older single pane windows, they rattled. Ona cloudy day, the sound rolled down like thunder. Te explosion wasimmediately ollowed by a thick brown dust cloud that was gargantuanand seemed to block out a good part o the sky above Sullivan Hill. Inall honesty, or the rst two summers o “the happening” us youngerkids really didn’t know what was going on. Te older kids understoodthis was just open pit blasting at the Sullivan Mine done at precisely thesame time every day. My age group leader and best buddy Robert Pratt,who seemed to know everything, told us that it was the Chinese gettingcloser and closer to Kimberley with their bombs. O course at this timethe Korean War was ramping up with the entry o Red China and Rob-ert had been eavesdropping on the adults talking at the table and it washis Dad and his Uncle Bill (Pratt), the Veteran o WWII, who told hisbrother Jim, that the Korean War was getting bigger and he hoped they wouldn’t be sending him to that one too! At any rate we liked Robert’sexplanation, we ran with that one, and it didn’t make any diference nohow, because we knew the next day was going to be another beautiul,un, exciting day at McDougall Swimming Pool and lie in the miningcamp was still good. And I also knew that aer the huge explosion my Dad would soon be home rom work and a great supper would be wait-ing or me at home. Next issue – Lie in the Mining Camp Part 3 - TeBest Play Grounds in the World!
By Doug Johnosn