Columbia, the Age of Discovery

Columbia, the Age of Discovery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...find some excuse for the variation of the needle." " Can it be kept a secret? " "Impossible. They have the sailing of the ship, and will soon know it." At this moment a form was crouching at the door of the cabin, a pair of dark, piercing eyes were glittering with fiendish satisfaction, and under his breath Miguel the spy hissed: "Something goes wrong. What is it? I wish I could but catch the words." The quick ear of Columbus heard a noise there, and flinging the door open, saw the crouching spy. "Dog of an interloper, take that, and that, and thatl" cried Columbus, belaboring him with his staff, until the villain roared out with pain, and sought safety in the forward part of the ship. Columbus was not mistaken in regard to the pilots. They were quick to perceive the variation, and three days later three of them called on the commodore. Sancho Ruiz was spokesman. "Lord admiral," he said, " we have made a very wonderful if not alarming discovery." "What is it," asked Columbus, feigning indifference more than i gnoranee. "The laws of nature are changing as we enter another world, and come underunknown influences." " Make your meaning more plain, Ruiz." "The compass is about to lose its power, and without it we have no guide in the vast, trackless ocean. It no longer points directly north, but is varying northwest." Columbus taxed his ingenuity as well as science to the utmost for reasons to allay their terror. He allowed no outward demonstration to indicate that he was not complete master of the situation. In a matter-of-fact way he answered: " What you say is true, Sefior Ruiz, but if you will examine the...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695310X
  • 9781236953100