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Attic > The Melting Death

by Curtis Steele

Operator 5 Magazine, July, 1934

Re-awakening the spirit of patriotism in the United States, Special Intelligence Agent, Jimmy Christopher and his young companion, Tim Donovan, demonstrate unparalleled pride in their mission. As America's strongest defenses--battleships, transportation systems, steelworks--are reduced to dust by a mysterious deadly corrosive, only Operator 5 can put an end to this brutal devastation, and prevent its potential for worldwide destruction! Facing a baffling and dangerous test, he must solve the riddle of this Dust of Doom.

Curtis Steele offers up another riveting, thrilling and blood-tingling exploit. Operator 5, is a cunning, clever and likable chap. Even in the face of imminent disaster, there is a spirit of camaraderie, family and support. With his father, the ex-Operator Q-6; and Timmy Donovan, the young lad who had saved Jimmy's life years ago, Operator 5 has a loyal team behind him. Intriguing evidence lies around every turn, but it will take a journey all the way to the House of Representatives before this melting mystery is solved.

An excerpt...

Operator 5 whirled, staring up. The great spider-web of steel cables was torn and tattered as though giant claws had ripped across it! Thick strands were dropping from their moorings. The mass of vapor had thickened until the whole sky was obscured. On the concrete of the span and into the river a snow of brownish flakes was falling thickly. Along the whole length of the bridge traveled a violent tremor.

Resounding crashes echoed. Out of the span dropped huge sections of concrete. They plummeted down into the river, sending up roaring geysers. Beneath the bridge the thousands of boats were fleeing on turbulent waves. On the surface bobbed the wreckage of small craft crushed by the plunging tons of stone. Bodies were floating, men and women swimming desperately. The air shook with a thunderous rumbling, a cataclysmic roar that grew louder by the second.

"Get off the bridge! Get off before it goes to pieces!"

Even as he spoke a new roar broke out, and a gigantic section of the span crumbled away. Half the smoking suspension cables were already frayed, and the terrific dead weight of the bridge was ripping them asunder. The rest were sizzling while dusty flakes thickened in the air. Jimmy Christopher snatched at the microphone through which the governor had been speaking.

"Get off the bridge!" he shouted, and his magnified voice boomed the warning. "Everybody, all cars, off the bridge! Move fast_to save your lives!"

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Format: Electronic PDF File
70 Pages
First Published: 1934

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