Careers of Danger and Daring [NOOK Book]

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Nicht-exklusives Verkaufsrecht für: Gesamte Welt.
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Careers of Danger and Daring

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Overview

Nicht-exklusives Verkaufsrecht für: Gesamte Welt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783655316764
  • Publisher: MVB E-Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: MVB Marketing
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 626 KB

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THE DEEP-SEA DIVER i SOME FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF MEN WHO GO DOWN UNDER THE SEA IN old South Street, far down on the New York river-front, is a gloomy brick building with black fire-escapes zigzagging across its face, and a life-size diver painted over its door, in red helmet and yellow goggle-eyes, to the awe and admiration of the young to the awe and admiration of anybody who comes through this wicked-looking street by night, and smells the sea, and stares along miles of ships' noses that reach right over the car-tracks, and finally stops at the black-lettered announcement that wrecks are looked after here day or night, and mysteries of the deep penetrated by gentlemen of the diving profession in just such gigantic suits as this painted one. None of this had I noticed, late one night (being occupied with the silent, hungry ships, and the fire- cars trailing over the dim bridge), until a brisk banjo- strumming caught my ear, and I paused at the house of wrecks, whence the sounds came. Somebody back in these moldering shadows was playing the "Turkish Patrol," and playing it remarkably well. I followed the light down a narrow passage, and- presently came upon the modern wrecker, in the person of Benjamin F. Bean, a large man smoking contentedly at a table whereon rested a telephone and phonograph. The phonograph was playing the "Turkish Patrol," and a single incandescent lamp, swinging overhead, illumined the scene. There were coils of rope about, and photographs of vessels in distress, and a bunk with tumbled sheets at one side, where Mr. Bean slept, often with his clothes on, while awaiting the ring of sundry danger-bells. Divers fully expect to be objects of curiosity, for never dothey work except before wondering audiences; so this one found my visit natural eno...
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Table of Contents

The steeple-climber -- The deep-sea diver -- The balloonist -- The pilot -- The bridge-builder -- The fireman -- The aërial acrobat -- The wild-beast tamer -- The dynamite worker -- The locomotive engineer.
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