Excerpt from The Money Captain
Far at the eastern edge of the marshy, rankly green prairie an enormous blotch of smoke hung in the brilliant horizon. Against it, low toward the earth, the slender pipes and chimneys of the steel works were faintly etched.
It was the first large sign of the city, and it spurred Nidstrom's impatience. The train was late and that last slow hour hurt his nerves.
He sat in one of the hard, revolving chairs in the smoking-car, next the window. His stout legs were stretched to the chair in front of him. His elbow rested on the window sill, careless of the dust and cinders, and he stared blankly at that marshy landscape.
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