By J. J. Astor
Buy of this booklet contains unfastened trial entry to www.million-books.com the place you could learn greater than 1000000 books at no cost. this is often an OCR version with typos. Excerpt from booklet: 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 inner most 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 solar. He used to be a good-looking guy, and younger for the $64000 publish he filledвЂ”being scarcely fortyвЂ”a graduate of West aspect, with nice govt skill, and a superb engineer. '' sit, chappies,'' stated he; '' we've got nonetheless a part hour sooner than I start to learn the file i'm to make to the stockholders and representatives of the entire 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 professional, appointed to check 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 means, 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 1 of the prettiest society ladies, who used to be then a pupil at Vassar, within the appealing city of Pough- keepsie. '' figuring out how you hold issues on your brain, and the trouble of damn you,'' acknowledged Cort- landt, '' now we have dropped in on our approach to listen the speech that i wouldn't omit for a fortune. tell us if we hassle you.'' '' most unlikely, pricey boy,'' responded the president genially. '' seeing that I survived your reputable investigations, i believe I deserve a few of your realization informally.'' '' listed here are my ultimate examinations,'' stated Cort- landt, handing Bearwar...
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Ayrault immediately advertised for bids for the construction of a glucinum cylinder twenty-five feet in diameter, fifteen feet high at the sides, with a domed roof, bringing up the total height to twenty-one feet, and with a small gutter about it to catch the rain on Jupiter or any other planet they might visit. The sides, roof, and floor were to consist of two sheets, each one third of an inch thick and six inches apart, the space between to be filled with mineral wool, as a protection against the intense cold of space.
When about fifteen thousand miles from Mars, they sighted Deimos directly ahead, and saw that they should pass on its left--i. , behind--for it was moving across them. The sun poured directly upon it, making it appear full and showing all its features. There were small unevennesses on the surface, apparently seventy or a hundred feet high, which were the nearest approach to mountains, and they ran in ridges or chains. There were also unmistakable signs of volcanic action, the craters being large compared with the size of the planet, but shallow.
From the side of the earth turned towards the sun--they could not steer immediately for Jupiter, but were obliged to go a few hundred miles in the direction of the sun, then change their course to something like a tangent to the earth, and get their final right direction in swinging near the moon, since they must be comparatively near some material object to bring apergy into play. The maximum power being turned on, the projectile shot from the earth with tremendous and rapidly increasing speed, by the shortest course--i.