By Harry Harrison
A steel road less than the ocean isn't any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his group of navvies are already using the tunnel below 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 is often the chance to redeem the relations identify. yet his attractive fiancee has been pressured to finish their engagement, and there's a ruthless and sinister plot to ruin the tunnel - and Gus himself...
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Gus worked his way through the crowd until he caught the eye of a porter who led him to his cabin. It was tiny but complete and he dropped into the armchair with relief and rested, looking out of the porthole for a while. His bags that were labeled cabin were there and he knew that there were other papers in them that he should attend to. But for the moment he sat quietly, admiring the simplicity and beauty of the cabin's construction —it was an original Picasso lithograph on the wall—and the way the chair and desk would fold and vanish at night so the bunk could be opened.
Obviously the unanimity of opinion did not exist here as it did on the Board in London; but Gus had expected this. He knew the state of mind of his fellow colonials and had marshaled his facts to override any objections. "Gentlemen of the Board," said Sir Winthrop, "we have been discussing one matter for some time now, that is the possibility of my stepping down as chairman of this Board to be replaced by Captain Washington, who will also be in charge of the engineering of the tunnel here. This change has been forced upon us by the disastrous state of the finances of the entire operation, finances that must be mended if we are to have any operation at all.
Yore full of hogwash, Henry," a leathery Texas voice drawled out from a large man far down the table who wore a wide-brimmed hat, despite the fact the others were all bareheaded. "In the west we have a hard job rememberin' where New England is much less the details of all your Yankee feudin'. " "Me, too," a deep voice boomed in answer from a copper skinned individual even further along the Board. "All that the Indians know is that all white men are no good. Too many of us were shot up before the Peace of 1860.