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I saw this book at a book fair and decided to pick it up, since I have an interest in old children's books. It is the third book of five in "The Young Engineers" series. The first chapter of the book helpfully explains the background of the characters in the book. The characters started off in The Grammer School Boys Series as members of Dick and Company (I tried to get my friends to call our trivia team Johnny and Company, but they didn't go for it). The story of those boys continued in The High School Boys Series. When they graduated, they were spun off into three separate series. Dave Darrin and Dan Dalzell (someone likes alliteration) got The Annapolis Series as the went to the Naval Academy. Dick Prescott and Greg Holmes got The West Point Series. Tom Reade and Harry Hazelton of this book got The Young Engineers Series. Somehow, I get the feeling that boys of 100 years ago didn't find civil engineers to be as glamorous and exciting as sailors or soldiers. Anyway, this book is fairly entertaining if you are interested in children's literature from 100 years ago. Plot: Tom and Harry go mining in Nevada. It's interesting that the book basically open with a treatise against cigarette smoking, with Tom doing everything within his power to get a young "cigarette fiend" to give up "coffin nails". See, people always knew that smoking was bad for you!
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