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The Second Deluge   By: (1851-1929)

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THE SECOND DELUGE

By

Garrett P. Serviss

1912

[Illustration: "THEY MEANT TO CARRY THE ARK WITH A RUSH" [Page 106] ]

FOREWORD

What is here set down is the fruit of long and careful research among disjointed records left by survivors of the terrible events described. The writer wishes frankly to say that, in some instances, he has followed the course which all historians are compelled to take by using his imagination to round out the picture. But he is able conscientiously to declare that in the substance of his narrative, as well as in every detail which is specifically described, he has followed faithfully the accounts of eyewitnesses, or of those who were in a position to know the truth of what they related.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. COSMO VERSÁL

II. MOCKING AT FATE

III. THE FIRST DROPS OF THE DELUGE

IV. THE WORLD SWEPT WITH TERROR

V. THE THIRD SIGN

VI. SELECTING THE FLOWER OF MANKIND

VII. THE WATERS BEGIN TO RISE

VIII. STORMING THE ARK

IX. THE COMPANY OF THE REPRIEVED

X. THE LAST DAY OF NEW YORK

XI. "A BILLION FOR A SHARE"

XII. THE SUBMERGENCE OF THE OLD WORLD

XIII. STRANGE FREAKS OF THE NEBULA

XIV. THE ESCAPE OF THE PRESIDENT

XV. PROFESSOR PLUDDER'S DEVICE

XVI. MUTINY IN THE ARK

XVII. THE JULES VERNE

XVIII. NAVIGATING OVER DROWNED EUROPE

XIX. TO PARIS UNDER THE SEA

XX. THE ADVENTURES IN COLORADO

XXI. "THE FATHER OF HORROR"

XXII. THE TERRIBLE NUCLEUS ARRIVES

XXIII. ROBBING THE CROWN OF THE WORLD

XXIV. THE FRENCHMAN'S NEW SCHEME

XXV. NEW YORK IN HER OCEAN TOMB

XXVI. NEW AMERICA

ILLUSTRATIONS

"THEY MEANT TO CARRY THE ARK WITH A RUSH"

"THE GREAT BATTLESHIP ... CRASHED, PROW ON, INTO THE STEEL RIBBED WALLS"

"IT IS A PROPHECY OF THE SECOND DELUGE"

"AND THEN THEY FLOATED NEAR THE MONUMENTAL TOMB OF GENERAL GRANT"

THE SECOND DELUGE

CHAPTER I

COSMO VERSÁL

An undersized, lean, wizen faced man, with an immense bald head, as round and smooth and shining as a giant soap bubble, and a pair of beady black eyes, set close together, so that he resembled a gnome of amazing brain capacity and prodigious power of concentration, sat bent over a writing desk with a huge sheet of cardboard before him, on which he was swiftly drawing geometrical and trigonometrical figures. Compasses, T squares, rulers, protractors, and ellipsographs obeyed the touch of his fingers as if inspired with life.

The room around him was a jungle of terrestrial and celestial globes, chemists' retorts, tubes, pipes, and all the indescribable apparatus that modern science has invented, and which, to the uninitiated, seems as incomprehensible as the ancient paraphernalia of alchemists and astrologers. The walls were lined with book shelves, and adorned along the upper portions with the most extraordinary photographs and drawings. Even the ceiling was covered with charts, some representing the sky, while many others were geological and topographical pictures of the face of the earth.

Beside the drawing board lay a pad of paper, and occasionally the little man nervously turned to this, and, grasping a long pencil, made elaborate calculations, covering the paper with a sprinkling of mathematical symbols that looked like magnified animalcula. While he worked, under a high light from a single window placed well up near the ceiling, his forehead contracted into a hundred wrinkles, his cheeks became feverous, his piercing eyes glowed with inner fire, and drops of perspiration ran down in front of his ears. One would have thought that he was laboring to save his very soul and had but a few seconds of respite left.

Presently he threw down the pencil, and with astonishing agility let himself rapidly, but carefully, off the stool on which he had been sitting, keeping the palms of his hands on the seat beside his hips until he felt his feet touch the floor... Continue reading book >>




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