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All Around the Moon   By: (1828-1905)

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ALL

AROUND THE MOON

FROM THE FRENCH OF

JULES VERNE

AUTHOR OF "FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON", "TO THE SUN!" AND "OFF ON A COMET!"

BY

EDWARD ROTH

ILLUSTRATED

PHILADELPHIA DAVID MCKAY, PUBLISHER 23 SOUTH NINTH STREET

CONTENTS.

PRELIMINARY

I. FROM 10 P.M. TO 10. 46' 40''

II. THE FIRST HALF HOUR

III. THEY MAKE THEMSELVES AT HOME AND FEEL QUITE COMFORTABLE

IV. FOR THE CORNELL GIRLS

V. THE COLDS OF SPACE

VI. INSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION

VII. A HIGH OLD TIME

VIII. THE NEUTRAL POINT

IX. A LITTLE OFF THE TRACK

X. THE OBSERVERS OF THE MOON

XI. FACT AND FANCY

XII. A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF THE LUNAR MOUNTAINS

XIII. LUNAR LANDSCAPES

XIV. A NIGHT OF FIFTEEN DAYS

XV. GLIMPSES AT THE INVISIBLE

XVI. THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

XVII. TYCHO

XVIII. PUZZLING QUESTIONS

XIX. IN EVERY FIGHT, THE IMPOSSIBLE WINS

XX. OFF THE PACIFIC COAST

XXI. NEWS FOR MARSTON!

XXII. ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

XXIII. THE CLUB MEN GO A FISHING

XXIV. FAREWELL TO THE BALTIMORE GUN CLUB

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

1. HIS FIRST CARE WAS TO TURN ON THE GAS

2. DIANA AND SATELLITE

3. HE HELPED ARDAN TO LIFT BARBICAN

4. MORE HUNGRY THAN EITHER

5. THEY DRANK TO THE SPEEDY UNION OF THE EARTH AND HER SATELLITE

6. DON'T I THOUGH? MY HEAD IS SPLITTING WITH IT!

7. POOR SATELLITE WAS DROPPED OUT

8. THE BODY OF THE DOG THROWN OUT YESTERDAY

9. A DEMONIACAL HULLABALOO

10. THE OXYGEN! HE CRIED

11. A GROUP à la Jardin Mabille

12. AN IMMENSE BATTLE FIELD PILED WITH BLEACHING BONES

13. NEVERTHELESS THE SOLUTION ESCAPED HIM

14. IT'S COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE A WHITE BEAR

15. THEY COULD UTTER NO WORD, THEY COULD BREATHE NO PRAYER

16. THEY SEEMED HALF ASLEEP IN HIS VITALIZING BEAMS

17. THESE ARCHES EVIDENTLY ONCE BORE THE PIPES OF AN AQUEDUCT

18. ARDAN GAZED AT THE PAIR FOR A FEW MINUTES

19. OLD MAC DISCOVERED TAKING OBSERVATIONS

20. FOR A SECOND ONLY DID THEY CATCH ITS FLASH

21. HOW IS THAT FOR HIGH?

22. EVERYWHERE THEIR DEPARTURE WAS ACCOMPANIED WITH THE MOST TOUCHING SYMPATHY

PRELIMINARY CHAPTER,

RESUMING THE FIRST PART OF THE WORK AND SERVING AS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND.

A few years ago the world was suddenly astounded by hearing of an experiment of a most novel and daring nature, altogether unprecedented in the annals of science. The BALTIMORE GUN CLUB, a society of artillerymen started in America during the great Civil War, had conceived the idea of nothing less than establishing direct communication with the Moon by means of a projectile! President Barbican, the originator of the enterprise, was strongly encouraged in its feasibility by the astronomers of Cambridge Observatory, and took upon himself to provide all the means necessary to secure its success. Having realized by means of a public subscription the sum of nearly five and a half millions of dollars, he immediately set himself to work at the necessary gigantic labors.

In accordance with the Cambridge men's note, the cannon intended to discharge the projectile was to be planted in some country not further than 28° north or south from the equator, so that it might be aimed vertically at the Moon in the zenith. The bullet was to be animated with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards to the second. It was to be fired off on the night of December 1st, at thirteen minutes and twenty seconds before eleven o'clock, precisely. Four days afterwards it was to hit the Moon, at the very moment that she reached her perigee , that is to say, her nearest point to the Earth, about 228,000 miles distant.

The leading members of the Club, namely President Barbican, Secretary Marston, Major Elphinstone and General Morgan, forming the executive committee, held several meetings to discuss the shape and material of the bullet, the nature and position of the cannon, and the quantity and quality of the powder... Continue reading book >>




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