This Pounding Wheel Author:Garth Hale Against the background of a great railroad's functioning Garth Hale has projected a dynamic novel...Clinton Balls' rapid rise to power on the great Chesapeake and Ohio railroad aw a stirring odyssey of achievement. A big man, bristling with energy, his triumphant personality combined wirility and careless boldness. Yet, fierce as was Clinton B... more »all's pride in his work, his consuming desire for his mistress, Beverly Eddington, was even greater. At the sight of her secret signal of surrender he would throw caution to th winds--oblivious to everything but his need for her.
Beverly Eddington, beautiful wife of one of the company's crack engineers, was outwardly cool and aloof. But her haughty manner was only a glaze. Within she was a flaming fire, vehement and demanding. She kept her secret trysts with Ball, een though she knew that discovery would mean diasaster for them both.
Luke Eddintgon was know as "Old Iron Pants" on the line. A proud and distant man, he still commanded the invariable respect of his associates. Deeply attached to his wife, his fiath in her was complete--until he began receiving the anonymous notes hinting at her infidelity.
Cleone Ball was the daughter of one of the Frist Families of Virginia, who had defied her aristocratic parents to marry Clinton. She shared his successes proudly, loving and understanding him as no one else ever had. That he could be untrue to her she would never have believed.
Luclare Camp, Cleone's mother, was an imperious woman, implacable in her fierce pride. That her daughter's marriage was happy and successful galled her, and she never ceased searching for flaws in Ball's character.
Borden Camp, president of the Eastern National Bank, had great faith in his son in law, and believed that Ball had a sure place in the new aristcracy, based on achievement instead of birth. It secretly delighted him that his wife had been srong in precicting disaster for the marriage.
John Gaunt, trainmaster, was the only one who suspected the affair between Clinton and Beverely. His jealosy of Clint's position ate into him like an acid, and his one aim was to expsoe the lovers without involving himself.
Running like a basic theme through this dramatic novel of intrigue and passionate love is the mighty Chesapeake and Ohio, a swashbuckling giant armored in steel, clanking grandly forth to joust with the elements of gravity and space. here is all the sweep and color of the great days when railroading was young, a sdashing cahpter in the histroy of one of America's greatest industries.« less