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Time Line
by Jerry Slauter 
06/27/14
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Time Line is chapter 24 of Fine Line, sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. Both historical fictions novels are written by Jerry Slauter and set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.

In the following excerpt, Editor-in-Chief Richard informs Daryl about a new assignment:

He said, “Get your stuff together. We’re going to a field that is about six miles northwest from the center of Indianapolis.”

Daryl asked, “What’s going on?”

Richard told him, “There’s a test track called the Speedway. We’re going to an air display.”

Daryl scrunched his eyebrows and tilted his head slightly forward, “An air display?”

Richard continued, “Yes, the Wright Brothers are bringing several biplanes for a week long exhibition. We will only be there a few days.”

Daryl said, “Alright.”

On the train, Richard explained the origin of the test track. “There are several motorcar manufacturers in and around Indianapolis. I have a list right here. Let’s see, there are Marmon, Cole, National, Marion, Overland and American Underslung. Indianapolis is estimated to be fourth in the country in the number of automobiles produced.”

Daryl asked, “Why are they involved in an air display?”

Richard said, “Last year, they held the National Championship for gas-filled balloons. It was the first competition held there. It was held before the racing surface was completed around the track.”

Daryl remained glib, “Oh, sounds interesting.”

They were able to catch a livery that made constant trips between the depot and the track. When Daryl saw the track, he was almost overwhelmed. “How big is this oval?”

Richard answered, “It is two and a half miles around.”

Daryl watched and photographed the entire time they were there. He was so caught up in watching the planes that Richard had to frequently remind him to take photos. On Friday, June seventeenth, Walter Bookins took one of the Wright Brothers planes up to four thousand and thirty-eight feet, establishing a new world record.

On the way home Daryl said, “I have to go back there. I also have to find out more about flying.”

Enjoy historic fiction about Indiana and the Industrial Revolution. Woodcutter’s Revival is available. Fine Line will be available later in 2014.

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About the Author:

Jerry is a retired school teacher who loves to spend time with his family, including children and grandchildren. He likes to travel and speak about writing and the topics of his writing and research. He works in his wood, leather and metal shops at home. Writing aligns well with his passion of reading and research. Jerry is available to speak in schools and churches or conferences and seminars.




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