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By Bread Alone: A Novel


By Bread Alone: A Novel

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    I. K. Friedman
Excerpt from book: Ill SIGHING FURNACES EVANGELINE had scarcely followed Walter Putnam into the open-hearth building again, when Blair Carrhart, standing before furnace No. 5, raised his hand: the boy turned the pneumatic cock and the wide door opened. A white glare as from a close row of powerful arc lamps glimmered down the charging-floor. The men scurried back and forth to the white pile of lime, magnasite and dolomite, pitching shovelfuls of the materials into the furnace. Their faces, their bare arms, their "whole bodies shone as radiantly as if calcium lights had been turned full upon them. In fact the whole scene was theatrical, and inspiring: the action was dramatic: it seemed as if the melters, in their celerity, were at work in quenching a destructive fire instead of building bottom for productive furnaces. The setting was vast, Wagnerian. Ladles of thirty tons capacity whirled overhead, carrying hot metal from the blast to the open-hearth furnaces : charging cranes rumbled along the tracks on the ground: traveling cranes rumbled on the tracks overhead. Engines puffed up the inclined planes dragging cars filed with iron stock along the floor. There were ten furnaces: ten centers of action, and yet the magnificent unity was unimpaired. Through theopen side of the building the wind blew, with a cold cutting sweep, and the snow fell gently, and heaped on the platform outside. Blair was drenched with sweat: it poured down his face and filled his shoes. He walked to the locker, changed his dripping clothes: and throwing a coat over his shoulders to project them from the glacial wind, he sat down on the bench near the pneumatic cocks. " The last heat was scorched," complained the first melter, coming forward, nibbling at his plug of tobacco, " and we're out on sixty tons. [They were ...  
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  • I. K. Friedman
  • Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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