The Iron Trail

An Alaskan Romance

Author: Rex Beach
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 100,175 / 304 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 908 964
Genres: Adventure, Romance

Story of Alaska in which the government policy as regards the coal fields is strongly criticized. The interest centers about an irresistible Irishman who is bound to conquer the wilderness of glacier and river and gorge with his railroad and bridges. He does it, of course, and in the process also conquers the bright girl reporter who has been sent by her paper to "write him up."

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es; then James, the first officer, came to report. He had regained his nerve and spoke with swift precision.

"She loosened three plates on her port quarter and she's filling fast."

"How long will she last?" snapped Brennan.

"Not long, sir. Half an hour, perhaps."

The captain rang for full speed, and the decks began to strain as the engine increased its labor. "Get your passengers out and stand by the boats," lie ordered. "Take it easy and don't alarm the women. Have them dress warmly, and don't allow any crowding by the men. Mr. Tomlinson, you hold the steerage gang in check. Take your revolver with you." He turned to his silent friend, in whose presence he seemed to feel a cheering sympathy, "I knew it would come sooner or later, Murray," he said. "But--magnificent mummies! To touch on a clear night with the sea like glass!" He sighed dolefully. "It'll be tough on my missus."

O'Neil laid a hand upon his shoulder. "It wasn't your fault, and there will be room in the last boa

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