By Harry Harrison
A steel road lower than the ocean is not 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, accomplished as a traitor after the conflict of Lexington, this is often the chance to redeem the kinfolk 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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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. It was decided to postpone a vote upon this matter until the captain could be spoken to and interrogated.
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.
There is no warning to anoxia, simply a slide into unconsciousness then death. He had the single thought that the bulbous mask must contain an oxygen tank or his assailant would be falling, too. He must stay awake. Fight. Unconscious, he would be dragged to the opening and dispatched into the night like the other man. His eyes closed and he slid slowly down and sprawled, oblivious, on the deck. V. " The steward flicked back the curtain so that a beam of molten sunlight struck into the cabin. With professional skill he pulled open the drawer on the night table and put the tray with the cup of tea upon it.
A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! by Harry Harrison