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Buy of this ebook contains unfastened trial entry to www.million-books.com the place you could learn greater than one million books at no cost. this can be an OCR version with typos. Excerpt from publication: 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 sunlight. He used to be a good-looking guy, and younger for the real put up he filled—being scarcely forty—a graduate of West element, with nice govt skill, and a superb engineer. '' sit, chappies,'' acknowledged he; '' we now have nonetheless a part hour ahead of I start to learn the file i'm to make to the stockholders and representatives of the entire governments, that is 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 envision the company's calculations, was once approximately fifty, with a excessive brow, greyish hair, and fast, gray eyes, a geologist and astronomer, and altogether as capable a guy, in his personal approach, as Col. Eearwarden in his. Eichard Ayrault, a wide stockholder and one of many honorary vice- presidents within the corporation, used to be approximately thirty, a school guy, through nature a scientist, and engaged to 1 of the prettiest society women, who used to be then a pupil at Vassar, within the attractive city of Pough- keepsie. '' understanding how you hold issues on your brain, and the trouble of damn you,'' stated Cort- landt, '' we now have dropped in on our approach to listen the speech that i wouldn't pass over for a fortune. tell us if we hassle you.'' '' very unlikely, pricey boy,'' spoke back the president genially. '' because I survived your legitimate investigations, i feel I deserve a few of your cognizance informally.'' '' listed here are my ultimate examinations,'' acknowledged Cort- landt, handing Bearwar...

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The spectacle was magnificent. As they looked at it through their field glasses or with the unaided eye, the great cracks and craters showed with the utmost clearness, sweeping past them almost as the landscape flies past a railway train. There was something awe-inspiring in the vast antiquity of that furrowed lunar surface, by far the oldest thing that mortal eye can see, since, while observing the ceaseless political or geological changes on earth, the face of this dead satellite, on account of the absence of air and water and consequent erosion, has remained unchanged for bygone ages, as it doubtless will for many more.

It had enough current to provide heat for cooking for four hundred hours, which was an ample margin, and it had this advantage, that, no matter how much it was used, it could not exhaust the air as any other form of heat would. There were also a number of sixteen-candle-power incandescent lamps, so that when passing through the shadow of a planet, or at night after their arrival on Jupiter, their car would be brightly illuminated. They had also a good search-light for examining the dark side of a satellite, or exploring the spaces in Saturn's rings.

For you to leave around for other girls to see," answered Ayrault with a smile. " Ayrault fairly made his phaeton spin, going up the grades like a shot and down like a bird. On reaching New York, he left Sylvia at her house, then ran his machine to a florist's, where he ordered some lilies and roses, and then steered his way to his club, where he dressed for dinner. Shortly before the time he repaired to Delmonico's--which name had become historical, though the founders themselves were long dead--and sat guard at a table till Sylvia, wearing his flowers and looking more beautiful than any of them, arrived with her mother and father, and Bearwarden, whom they knew very well.

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