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From the Earth to the Moon - Jules Verne

From the Earth to the Moon - Jules Verne

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From the Earth to the Moon
Verne, Jules
Published:
1865
Categorie(s):
Fiction, Science Fiction
Source:
http://www.gutenberg.org
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About Verne:
 Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828–March 24, 1905) was a Frenchauthor who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known fornovels such as Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1864), Twenty Thou-sand Leagues Under The Sea (1870), and Around the World in EightyDays (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel beforeair travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practicalmeans of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translatedauthor in the world, according to Index Translationum. Some of his books have been made into films. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsbackand H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the "Father of ScienceFiction". Source: Wikipedia
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Chapter
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The Gun Club
During the War of the Rebellion, a new and influential club was estab-lished in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland. It is well knownwith what energy the taste for military matters became developedamong that nation of ship-owners, shopkeepers, and mechanics. Simpletradesmen jumped their counters to become extemporized captains, col-onels, and generals, without having ever passed the School of Instructionat West Point; nevertheless; they quickly rivaled their compeers of theold continent, and, like them, carried off victories by dint of lavish ex-penditure in ammunition, money, and men.But the point in which the Americans singularly distanced theEuropeans was in the science of gunnery. Not, indeed, that theirweapons retained a higher degree of perfection than theirs, but that theyexhibited unheard-of dimensions, and consequently attained hithertounheard-of ranges. In point of grazing, plunging, oblique, or enfilading,or point-blank firing, the English, French, and Prussians have nothing tolearn; but their cannon, howitzers, and mortars are mere pocket-pistolscompared with the formidable engines of the American artillery.This fact need surprise no one. The Yankees, the first mechanicians inthe world, are engineers— just as the Italians are musicians and the Ger-mans metaphysicians— by right of birth. Nothing is more natural, there-fore, than to perceive them applying their audacious ingenuity to the sci-ence of gunnery. Witness the marvels of Parrott, Dahlgren, and Rodman.The Armstrong, Palliser, and Beaulieu guns were compelled to bow be-fore their transatlantic rivals.Now when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second Amer-ican to share it. If there be three, they elect a president and two secretar-ies. Given four, they name a keeper of records, and the office is ready forwork; five, they convene a general meeting, and the club is fully consti-tuted. So things were managed in Baltimore. The inventor of a new can-non associated himself with the caster and the borer. Thus was formed
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