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Buy of this ebook comprises unfastened trial entry to www.million-books.com the place you could learn greater than one million books at no cost. this is often an OCR version with typos. Excerpt from e-book: bankruptcy II. ANTECEDENTAL. '' Come in!'' sounded a voice, as Dr. Cortlandt and Dick Ayrault tapped on the door of the President of the Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company's deepest workplace at the morning of the twenty first of June, A. D. 2000. Col. Bearwarden sat at his capacious table, the shadows passing over his face as April clouds flit around the sunlight. He used to be a good-looking guy, and younger for the real submit he filledвЂ”being scarcely fortyвЂ”a graduate of West element, with nice govt skill, and a superb engineer. '' sit, chappies,'' stated he; '' we now have nonetheless a part hour ahead of I start to learn the document i'm to make to the stockholders and representatives of all of the governments, that's now prepared. i do know you smoke,'' passing a field of Havanas to the professor. Prof. Cortlandt, LL. D., usa Governor) meiit specialist, appointed to ascertain the company's calculations, was once approximately fifty, with a excessive brow, greyish hair, and quickly, gray eyes, a geologist and astronomer, and altogether as capable a guy, in his personal manner, as Col. Eearwarden in his. Eichard Ayrault, a wide stockholder and one of many honorary vice- presidents within the corporation, was once approximately thirty, a school guy, by means of nature a scientist, and engaged to at least one of the prettiest society women, who used to be then a pupil at Vassar, within the attractive city of Pough- keepsie. '' figuring out how you hold issues on your brain, and the trouble of damn you,'' stated Cort- landt, '' we've dropped in on our option to pay attention the speech that i wouldn't omit for a fortune. tell us if we hassle you.'' '' very unlikely, pricey boy,'' answered the president genially. '' considering the fact that I survived your legit investigations, i feel I deserve a few of your consciousness informally.'' '' listed below are my ultimate examinations,'' stated Cort- landt, handing Bearwar...
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It was just ten hours since they had started, and at that moment 9 A. M. in New York; but, though it was night there, the Callisto was bathed in a flood of sunlight such as never shines on earth. The only night they would have was on the side of the Callisto turned away from the sun, unless they passed through some shadow, which they intended to avoid on account of the danger of colliding with a meteor in the dark. The moon and the Callisto were moving on converging lines, the curve on which they had entered having swung them to the side nearest the earth; but they saw that their own tremendous and increasing speed would carry them in front of the moon in its nearly circular orbit.
Those from the valley of the Amazon and the eastern coast of South America boarded a lightning express that rushed them to Key West at the rate of three hundred miles an hour. The railroad had six tracks, two for through passengers, two for locals, and two for freight. There they took a "waterspider," six hundred feet long by three hundred in width, the deck of which was one hundred feet above the surface, which carried them over the water at the rate of a mile a minute, around the eastern end of Cuba, through Windward Passage, and so to the South American mainland, where they continued their journey by rail.
They saw no signs of water, and the blackness of the shadows convinced them there was no air. They secured two instantaneous photographs of the little satellite as the Callisto swept by, and resumed their inspection of Mars. They noticed red and brownish patches on the peaks that had that morning turned white, from which they concluded that the show had begun to melt under the warm spring sun. This strengthened the belief they had already formed, that on account of its twenty-seven and a half degrees inclination the changes in temperature on Mars must be great and sudden.