By Harry Harrison
A steel street lower than the ocean is not any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his group of navvies are already riding the tunnel lower than the Atlantic in an heroic feat of development. For Gus, a descendant of the notorious George Washington, achieved as a traitor after the conflict of Lexington, this is often the chance to redeem the kin identify. yet his appealing fiancee has been compelled to finish their engagement, and there's a ruthless and sinister plot to ruin the tunnel - and Gus himself...
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Even as he spoke the last he touched Gus's lower eyelid with a gentle finger and pulled it down, peering inside with no less concern and awe than he would have if the owner's eternal soul had rested there. From confusion Gus's thoughts skipped instantly to dismay, followed thereafter by a sensation of fear that sent his heart bounding and brought an instant beading of perspiration to his brow. "Then it was no dream, no nightmare," he breathed aloud. " The ship's commander closed the door behind him and, once secrecy was assured, he nodded gravely.
What must be done must be done—and he would do it. Sir Winthrop he knew, and shook his hand, and was introduced to the other members of the Board whom he was acquainted with only by name and reputation. Self-made men all of them, solid and sure of themselves, twenty-one different individuals who blended into one as he looked. One man, one body of men, whom he had to convince. As he seated himself at the place reserved for him at the long table he realized that the meeting had been in session for some time if the state of the ashtrays was any indication; since these men were experienced marksmen the spittoons showed no such evidence.
Let him talk, Scotty," the Texan called out. " He had their attention and at least the sympathy of some. Now if he could only convince them. There was absolute silence as Washington took a blueprint from his case and held it up. "This is what we are doing now, building the tunnel by slip casting, what has been called the most modern technique. As the tunneling shield is pushed ahead and ground removed, this great metal tube is pushed along behind it. Reinforcing rods are put in place outside the tube and concrete is pumped in.