Works of Jules Verne; Adventures of Captain Hatteras the Desert of Ice. a Trip Fromthe Earth to the Moon. a Tour of the Moon Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...are impossible to be avoided, and they are classed amongst details with which the Americans trouble themselves but little. They have in fact more regard for human nature in general than for the individual in particular. Nevertheless, Barbicane professed opposite principles to these, and put them in force at every opportunity. So, thanks to his care, his intelligence, his useful intervention in all difficulties his prodigious and humane sagacity, the average of accidents did not exceed that of transatlantic countries, noted for their excessive precautions, France, for instance, among others, where they reckon about one accident for every two hundred thousand francs of work. CHAPTER XV THE FETE OF THE CASTING Dur1ng the eight months which were employed in the work of excavation the preparatory works of the casting had been carried on simultaneously with extreme rapidity. A stranger arriving at Stones Hill would have been surprised at the spectacle offered to his view. At 600 yards from the well, and circularly arranged around it as a central point, rose 1,200 reverberating ovens, each six feet in diameter, and separated from each other by an interval of three feet. The circumference occupied by these 1,200 ovens presented a length of two miles. Being all constructed on the same plan, each with its high quadrangular chimney, they produced a most singular effect. It will be remembered that on their third meeting the committee had decided to use cast-iron for the Columbiad, and in particular the white description. This metal in fact is the most tenacious, the most ductile, and the most malleable, and consequently suitable for all molding operations; and when smelted with pit coal, is of superior quality for all engineering works requiring great...
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- 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
- 11 Jul 2012
- Miami Fl, United States
- Illustrations, black and white