Trustee from the Toolroom Author:Nevil Shute Keith Stewart's well-ordered world revolved around his basement workshop. There he made his models--little engines, little clocks, little things of all sorts that worked. And there he wrote about them for "Miniature Mechanic," a magazine enjoyed weekly by model makers throughout the world. — His was a happy, though rather uneventful, life--unti... more »l his sister and brother-in-law went down with their sailing ship somewhere off Tahiti, and Keith became trustee for his ten-year-old niece. Stowed away in the keel of the lost ship were some 27,000 pounds in diamonds--Keith had put them there himself, unknowingly, thinking them his sister's "rings, bracelets and things." The diamonds were his niece's only legacy and Keith was determined, though his means were meager and his experience of the world outside England nil, to recover them for her.
Keith had never thought of himself as a celebrity, but having begun his extraordinary journey, he found friends. Some were old readers and correspondents; others were newly won by this mild, unassuming man--and delighted by the tiny, hand-made generator that Keith carried with him.
There was Dick King, for instance, an engineer for Albatross Airways...and Sol Hirzhorn, the lumber king from Tacoma--who even then was working on a Keith Stewart miniature Congreve clock. They were horrified when Keith set sail with the half-Polynesian vagabond, Jack Donelly, for Tahiti. To a man, they felt something should be done...
And so it went, a warmth and humanity reaching out across half the world to help one man on his mission to fulfill to the letter his duty as trustee. It is a fine story, a warm one, filled with the goodness, the charity, the best capabilities of man.« less