By Harry Harrison
A steel road below the ocean is not any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his workforce of navvies are already using the tunnel less than the Atlantic in an heroic feat of building. For Gus, a descendant of the notorious George Washington, accomplished as a traitor after the conflict of Lexington, this can be the chance to redeem the kinfolk identify. yet his attractive fiancee has been compelled to finish their engagement, and there's a ruthless and sinister plot to smash the tunnel - and Gus himself...
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An order relayed, an order given, an ambitious man, money changes hands. " The car stopped then before one of the taller buildings in Wall Street and they emerged with Gus in a speculative state of mind. There was more to constructing a tunnel than digging a hole he realized, and apparently assassins could now be assumed to be an occupational hazard. Along with Boards of Directors. But he was prepared for the latter at least, had been preparing for this day for the past week, bolstering his facts, pinning down his figures.
He did that now, not knowing what was happening but knowing that if he breathed in as much as one breath more he would lose consciousness. There was no light but as he struggled he became aware that at least two men were leaning their full weight on him, holding him down. Something cold was being fastened on his wrists while something else prisoned his ankles at the same time. Now the heavy figures simply held him while he writhed, keeping the ether rag to his face, waiting for him to subside. It was torture.
Washington for his part lay quietly, his face set, thinking of what he had done and of what his future life might be like with a crime of this magnitude in his memory. He would have to accept it, he realized that, and learn to live with it. In the minutes that he lay there, before the door opened again, he had matured and grown measurably older so that it was almost a new individual who looked up when the captain entered for the second time. There was a bustle behind him as the first engineer, Alec, and the second officer came in, each holding firmly to the white-clad arm of a cook.