From the June, 2006 issue of Touchstone

Over Our Dead Bodies by Anthony Esolen

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Over Our Dead Bodies

Men Who Are Willing to Lay Down Their Lives Are Truly Indispensable

When the old slate quarries of the Pennsylvania town ceased operation, the land was sold to an enterprising fellow who leveled the heaps of refuse and cleared dozens of acres for junking cars. That man’s a millionaire now, and does necessary work, but he has not been able to alter the quarries entirely.

On his property remain three holes, each of them well over an acre in breadth and from a hundred to two hundred feet deep, now shining as lakes of cold clear water. They are banked by screes of jagged slate that will cut a bare foot as quickly . . .


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