Okay, I didn’t want to spend too much time on this one page, but I ended up changing the bottom frame contents, combining some of the next page with it. Here is a detail of the bottom frame and the text.
I took all comments into consideration and came up with this composition. It definitely makes more sense now. And the orders are being yelled from Chief Kelley who is not in the frame. As for the bottom frame, I realize it is difficult to understand what you are seeing, but it will be clear once the shading and coloring are done. Thanks for all the observations!
In response to a comment about my last post, concerning the look of the railmen, I am posting a photo of 1913 PA railroad workers. My goal is not just to tell an interesting story, but to keep as much of it historically correct as I can. First, they do tend to look the same… I think everyday work clothes were limited in style; most men brandished mustaches and/or beards; most wore similar hats. And many of them were underfed, therefore on the scrawny side. Too bad in real life they were not brawny and buff, as they might have pulled Burrell up onto the bridge with no problem.
If you are curious about life in the Niagara Falls area back in the early 1900’s, I highly recommend “The Day the Falls Stood Still”, an historical fiction novel. I loved it! The interesting thing was that a hefty section of the book was devoted to the very incident at Niagara that “Hecock” is about! So you will read about it from a totally different perspective… that of the man who rescues someone other than Burrell… can’t say who… top secret and all that. Atleast not until we get much deeper into my story. The book is by Cathy Marie Buchanan. Check it out!