A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! by Harry Harrison

By Harry Harrison

A steel road below the ocean isn't any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his crew 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, carried out as a traitor after the conflict of Lexington, this can be the chance to redeem the relations identify. yet his appealing fiancee has been compelled to finish their engagement, and there's a ruthless and sinister plot to wreck the tunnel - and Gus himself...

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When my new role in the American developments was voted upon in London he felt he had been done a personal injury and I can understand that, too. He has forbidden me his house and I do not blame him in any way because according to his lights he is correct. He has also insisted that the engagement between myself and his daughter be terminated, and this has been done. I will not discuss my personal feelings with you gentlemen other than I wish it were not so. But it is. In one sense it is a good thing because it frees me to make the correct decision, for the tunnel if not for myself.

Would they leave him here to die? But why, who were they, what did they want? They wanted to kill him. He knew that as soon as they dropped him to the cold metal of the deck and wrestled with the handles of the doorway beside him, the same one that Alec Durell had gone through in Southampton. But there he had a fall of twenty-five feet to an unwanted bath. Here there were 12,000 feet of fall to brutal death. With a heave the door was thrown open and the three-hundred mile an hour slipstream tore through the opening, drowning out even the roar of the four great engines.

No good, no good at all, we can't have our firm represented by a man with the name of Washington, no not at all. " The speaker of these quiet but acidulous words lolled at ease in his chair, a short and fat roly-poly sort of man with a great white beard that flowed over his chest, a great black cigar that stuck up out of his mouth like a flagstaff—and a cold, penetrating eye that belied any impression of laxity or softness that the exterior might suggest. "You'll hear me out, Gould, and stay silent.

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