Household Words

Household Words

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...shape, structure, appurtenances, and capabilities of a ship of early ages, and one of the present time, we must be struck with admiration at the great improvement that has been made, and the advantages that have been obtained; but balloons are very nearly what they were from the first, and are as much at mercy of the wind for the direction they will take. Neither is there at present any certain prospect of an alteration in this condition. Their so-called "voyage" is little more than " drifting," and can be no more, except by certain manoeuvres which obtain precarious exceptions, such as rising to take the chance of different currents, or lowering a long and weighty rope upon the earth (an ingenious invention of Mr. Green's, called the "guide-rope"), to be trailed along the ground. If, however, man is ever to be a flying animal, and to travel in the air whither he listeth, it must be by other means than wings, balloons, paddle-machines, and aerial ships--several of which are now building in America, in Paris, and in London. We do not doubt the mechanical genius of inventors--but the motive power. We will offer a few remarks on these projects before we conclude. But let us, at all events, ascend into the sky! Taking balloons as they are, "for better, for worse," as Mr. Green would say, --let us for once have a flight in the air. The first thing you naturally expect is some extraordinary sensation in springing high up into the air, which takes away your breath for a time. But no such matter occurs. The extraordinary thing is, that you experience no sensation at all, so far as motion is concerned. So true is this, that on one occasion, when Mr. Green wished to rise a little above a dense crowd, in order...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236841832
  • 9781236841834