FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON;
JOURNEYS AND DISCOVERIES IN AFRICA
BY THREE ENGLISHMEN.
Compiled in French by JULES VERNE,
from the original notes of DR. FERGUSON,
and done into English by WILLIAM LACKLAND.
Former Experiments.--The Doctor's Five Receptacles.--The Gas Cylinder.--
The Calorifere.--The System of Manoeuvring.--Success certain
..."The first contains about twenty-five gallons of water,
to which I add a few drops of sulphuric acid, so as to
augment its capacity as a conductor of electricity, and then I
decompose it by means of a powerful Buntzen battery.
Water, as you know, consists of two parts of hydrogen to
one of oxygen gas."...
..."Well, as I can descend when I please, to replenish my
stock of water on the way, my trip might be indefinitely
..."At length the feeding-supply of water gave out; the
cylinder was extinguished for lack of gas; the Buntzen
battery ceased to work, and the balloon, shrinking together,
gently descended to the sand, in the very place
that the car had hollowed out there."
The Blind Men and the Elephant
The first man I saw
Perfection can't be rushed
"The Man Higher Up"