By Harry Harrison
A steel road less than the ocean isn't any longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his workforce of navvies are already riding 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 can be 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 break the tunnel - and Gus himself...
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A hulking barge with a pumping station at one end was tied up against the hull of the Queen Elizabeth. Great pipes snaked up from it to valves inset in the ship's side, the last of which was even then being disconnected. As it came away a great burst of black coal dust sullied the side of the leviathan of the air and the first engineer's comments entertained an even more colorful content. But as soon as all the pipes were away and the valves sealed, hoses were brought into play and within moments the hull was pristine again.
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. Eventually he yawned, stretched, opened his collar, opened his case and set to work. When the gong sounded for luncheon he ignored it but sent instead for a pint of draught Guinness and a plowman's lunch of bread, cheese, and pickles.
On time, of course, on time. He was never late. Even for so distasteful a meeting as this one. What must be done must be done. He sniffed again as he pushed open the door of the Commodore Hotel, quickly before the functionary stationed there could reach it, driving him back with another sniff in case he should be seeking a gratuity for a service not performed. It was exactly two o'clock when he entered and he took some grudging pleasure from the fact that Washington was already there. They shook hands, for they had met often before, and Macintosh saw for the first time the bandages on the side of the other's face that had been turned away from him until then.