Facing Death: or The Hero of the Vaughan Pit
A Tale of the Coal Mines
By: G. A. Henty (1882)
"Facing Death" is a story with a purpose. It is intended to show that a lad who makes up his mind firmly and resolutely that he will rise in life, and who is prepared to face toil and ridicule and hardship to carry out his determination, is sure to succeed. The hero of the story is a typical British boy, dogged, earnest, generous, and though "shame-faced" to a degree, is ready to face death in the discharge of duty.