A man oversees the construction of a grain elevator.
Samuel Merwin (1874-1936) and Henry Kitchell Webster (1875-1932), both from Evanston, Illinois, collaborated on a number of novels. This one makes the building of a grain elevator outside Chicago the occasion of a gripping tale of entrepreneurial good and evil.
“Not even Kipling could put more life into the story or give one a better idea of the obstacles which the man met and conquered.” San Francisco Chronicle, November 30, 1901
“As good a story of the romance of modern enterprise as can be found… The way in which the young constructor triumphs over all odds forms the substance of as thrilling a story as any tale of war or adventure.” Advance, December 5, 1901
“A brisk and characteristic example of the American novel,—the romance of Labour... The material of the book is absolutely prosaic...but the story will delight readers who combine mechanical tastes with the spirit of practical enterprise... The joint authors have the faculty of clear and brief description, which makes it easy to follow the intricacies of a ‘business’ plot.” Spectator, December 14, 1901
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