By Richard Rayner
140 years in the past, 4 shopkeepers in Sacramento, California, rose to develop into the strength in the back of the yankee transcontinental railroad, reaching alongside the way in which wealth past degree. to construct effect and hold strength, they lied, bribed, and, while precious, prepared for hindrances, either human and criminal, to vanish. Their names have been Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins, they usually have been often called "The sizeable Four" or "The Associates." Their force for money—nothing extra, not anything less—was epic. Their legacy is a school, public gardens, museums, mansions, banks, and libraries—and to a wide measure, California itself. an enthralling chronicle of a very important interval in American city enlargement, The Associates is a true-to-life story of ruthless ambition, fantastic greed, and the making of a kingdom.
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As the runners rounded the first turn and hit the seventy-yard mark he was already twelve yards behind, trailed only by Laurie Cohen. Then, with a burst of speed that had Bob up out of his seat, Percy surged and started closing the gap, reeling himself up to Maybee in the lead and Coaffee and Leigh Miller as if he were joined to them by a string. But it didn’t last. It couldn’t. The lingering fatigue and stiffness from the train; the anxiety of the rushed journey; the exertion of the past four races — as Percy came into the stretch it all began to catch up.
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