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Donald Stewart was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1854. His father worked as a ghillie on the estate of a local noble. Young Donald learned the basics of his father's trade, but never took to them. He was fascinated instead by machinery from a young age, being first inspired by a small mill kept on the estate. He became an apprentice in the shipyards of Glasgow, but quickly rose by his merits to supervising other workers, in charge of transforming the drawn plans into reality. He also learned all he could about steam engines and civil engineering, gaining much practical experience, although he had no formal higher education.
In 1880 he took a job as the second assistant engineer on a merchant ship sailing to America. Although he could do the job, Donald was heavily seasick and upon arrival left to try his luck with more inland engineering. Travelling to Pennsylvania, his next job was maintenance of the pumps, hoists, and other machinery in a coal mine. Here he became aware of not merely the mechanics of mining itself, but also how men might sabotage his beloved devices. After one nasty incident Donald was able to identify how some of the mining equipment was being damaged, and by whom, a fact that pleased the mine owner and the local mining police. Not long afterwards Donald got a new job offer from the Pinkertons, who wanted to hire him as an expert on sabotage investigation. Suffering from wanderlust (and somewhat worried about retaliation) he accepted.
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Dec 11, 2018 12:00 pmI like the story! Tricky plot easy to follow thanks to your writing style!
Oct 28, 2018 05:45 amYou are having a reader... keep on writing! :)
Oct 25, 2018 06:24 amTalk about action packed!
May 24, 2016 05:39 amBest Meeting Between Two Assassins Yet!
Apr 04, 2016 06:36 pm