Here we talk about the possibility of tunnels beneath the nearby town. We had met David in passing through his property and I was surprised by his technical understanding of the local geography. He modestly explained that he had been the reeve and it was necessary to understand something of the karst related issues. Of his service to the community he explained that he had been responsible for the installation of the nearby stoplight. “It had improved the communities safety immeasurably”.
Rumour had it that it was possible to hear the water roaring beneath the town’s houses after a heavy rain. It was a rumour that David confirmed. “I dont have a basement” he confided, “It would cut right into the tunnels beneath. There is a 35 foot pipe that reaches right down into the tunnels, its bottom hangs free in a cavity. Well as you can see my neighbour’s house is right next to mine and his pipe goes down 137 feet. My water comes from an underground river and it is pure and hard. My neighbour’s water comes from deeper down, because of the gas that once came from the local rock it has an unpleasant, sulpherous odour”.
In the spring David’s well sometimes backs up bubbling free onto the surface. It is an artesian effect that D attributes to an overloaded system that has been subjected to hydralic pressure from the higher gradient at the swamp.
It appeared that David had lived in the town for most of his life and his house was a conglomeration of ancient structures. The oldest part of the building was built of wood and tarpaper. It was where his grandfather had lived. The pressboard segment of the house (seen behind in the photo) was built by his father and David had constructed the aluminum siding portion that you could see from the road out front.