While in this hazardous business Eads invented many new appliances for use in its various branches.
This detail illustrates the care and interest with which Eads built his boats.
When Eads was given a chance to alter a boat from his own designs, he made it a much better one than these.
Eads has been called as potent as a great general in clearing the upper Mississippi.
They tough old birds 'a' got strong 'Eads, sir; I knowed it 'ud do him no 'arm, bless ye!'
The other, the Saint Louis company, from the first had Eads as its chief engineer.
Studying at night the scientific books which he found there, Eads acquired his first theoretical knowledge of engineering.
And it is known that in helping the sufferers with his private means, Eads was as charitable as ever.
The next year, on account of poor health, Eads retired from business, but he carried with him a fortune.
The discussion before the Senate committee was one of the crises in Eads's life.