St. Nicholas Volume 5

St. Nicholas Volume 5

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...sea!" But they sounded like a sentence of doom to the travelers. They were floating over a wide and angry sea! The professor threw overboard a bag of ballast, and the balloon darted upward again into space. Where were they? Was it the Bay of Biscay, the North Sea, the English Channel, or the open Atlantic? Very soon, the balloon began to descend again. The roar of the waves was louder than ever, and they beat the same tune that the great bass-drum and the cannon had played: "Boom-cr-oom, a boom-er-oom! A boom! boom! boom 1"--for they were striking against a rocky wall, and the white cliffs of Dover rose ghostly in the moonlight before them. The professor threw overboard his last bag of ballast; Puck hid his face in his mother's dress, while she, in the presence of that mighty danger, sang a hymn. Mrs. Parker was one of the singers in the choir of a church at Paris, and her voice had been much admired; but she had never sung before as she sang now. Her voice was sustained instead of drowned by the roar of the sea, and was re-echoed back from the rocky cliff marvelously clear and pure, as she sang " Save me, O God, from waves that roll." Slowly the balloon seemed to climb that sheer, chalky precipice, frightening the sleepy sea-gulls from their nests, but never grazing against the wall, as it seemed as if it inevitably must. Slowly it reached the summit, paused a moment poised over the edge, then swept landward a little way, when the guide-rope (which had been dragging in the water) caught on the rocks, and it stopped. The professor opened the escape-valve, and they alighted from the car, and then walked to the brink of the abyss and, silently and solemnly, looked down. This was the last of aerial navigation that...show more

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  • Paperback | 514 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 907g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859928
  • 9781236859921