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Birmingham is a thriving manufacturing town in the English midlands, principally noted for its iron works. It is also the city which appears to Stephen Black in a dream while he is engaged in helping the gentleman with the thistle-down hair excavate a piece of moss-oak from a Scotch moor. In his dream, Black is sent to fetch a piece of a large pork pie from the pantry. When he comes to cut up the pie however he finds it contains very little meat - instead the interior is largely taken up with the city of Birmingham, complete with reeking forges, engines, industrious citizens, etc. In fact, one of the citizens of Birmingham is just on the point of addressing Black when the latter awakes[42].

The meaning of this dream, if any, is not clear.