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Across the land other pioneers had stretched a singing wire over which telegraph messages could be sent from coast to coast. Now there was talk of a continuous railroad line that would span the continent and hasten the conquest of the western frontier. And at that moment, too, a great vessel was plowing the surging waters of the North Atlantic in an effort to lay an THE INVENTOR 49 undersea cable from North America to Europe that would bring all the civilized peoples of the world closer together.

Look at her speed, Mr. " he shouted. " "Aye, George. " Hanson wore a big grin. " George had set the rudder so the vessel large circle. Now, because of would traverse a and the her speed weight of the was listing badly to starboard. paddle wheel and engine, she hold. Suddenly the engine the into was Water streaming sputtered and died. INVENTIVE WIZARD 42 "The water must have put out the fire/' George muttered. They hauled in the little ship and emptied her. However, fire box, and they could not get the So they headed back for the Muscoota.

Almost every railroad line experienced several accidents a month. Inevitably they were traced to a failure to slow down or stop in time. Very often, too, the brakemen would begin braking too and the train would shoot past the station. It would then have to back in slowly, wasting precious time and holding up late other trains. All these difficulties wreaked havoc with time schedules MARGUERITE 63 and inconvenienced passengers and result many freight shippers. As a travelers used the railroads only when absolutely necessary, while business concerns often preferred to ship water because it was more by reliable.

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