Gathering coal

a lighted coal left smothered in embers over night, about which kindling wood is gathered in the morning.
- Knight.

See also: Gathering

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"We didn't want to come here because it was all jungle and there was nothing, but the fires forced us to," says Munna Chauhan, who still works gathering coal when he can catch the lone bus that makes two runs a day to Jharia.