St. Nicholas Volume 28

St. Nicholas Volume 28

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...were drawing to full height in the last months of the century) I found myself under a growing impression that here at last was a business with not only danger in it, but fear of danger. Divers and steeple-climbers I had seen who pronounced their work perfectly safe (though I knew better), and balloonists of the same mind about perils of the air; there were none, they declared, although I had a list of deaths to prove the contrary. And so on with others. But here on the bridge were men who showed by little things (and sometimes admitted) that they were afraid of the blackribbed monster. And it seemed to me that these were men with the best kind of grit in them, for although they were afraid of the bridge, they were not afraid of their fear, and they stuck to their job week after week, month after month, facing the same old peril untilwell--I came upon this fear of the bridge the very first time I sought leave to go upon the unfinished structure. It was in a. little shanty of an office on the Brooklyn side, where, after some talk, I suggested to an assistant engineer, bent over his plans, that I would like to take a picture or two from the top of the tower. That seemed a simple enough thing. "Think you can keep your head up there?" said he, with 3. sharp look. I told him I had climbed to a steeple-top. "Yes. But you were lashed fast then in a swing, and had a rope to hold on to. Here you 've got to climb up by yourself without anything to hold on to, and it 's twice as high as the average steeple. The saddles are three hundred and forty feet above the river." " Saddles? " I queried. "That 's what we call 'em. They 're beds of steel on top of the towers for the cables to...show more

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  • Paperback | 508 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 898g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848578
  • 9781236848574