IW^W.

WMliujmTOIWiBHHPjm

DUKE UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY
The Glenn Negley Collection
of Utopian Literature

ACROSS THE ZODIAC.

DAI.l.ANTYNE,

HANSON AND CO. BDINBURGW AND LONDON

" Courtliopes Paradise of Bird: VOL. Numbers the infinite Stars. I. Venus. TRUBNER & LONDON CO.. and Mars. TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY PERCY GREG AUTHOR OF "the DEVIL's ADVOCATE" ETC ' Thoughts he sends to each planet. LUDGATE HILL 1 880 \ All rights reserved] . Uranus.Across the Zodiac Zbe Stor? of a Mrecl?e& IRecorb DECIPHERED. Soars to the Centre to span it.

Digitized by the Internet Archive
in

2010 with funding from
University Libraries

Duke

http://www.archive.org/details/acrosszodiacstor01greg

CONTENTS OF
CHAP.
I.

VOL.

I.

PARE
I

SHIPWRECK

II.

OUTWARD BOUND
THE UNTRAVELLED DEEP
A NEW WORLD
LANGUAGE, LAWS, AND LIFE

22

III.

50

IV. V. VI.

76
IIO 144
. .
.
. •

AN OFFICIAL
DUTY

VISIT
. .

VIL ESCORT
VIII.

-155
1

A FAITH AND

ITS

FOUNDER

75

IX.

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

I93

X.
XI.
XII.
XIII.

WOMAN AND WEDLOCK
A COUNTRY DRIVE ON THE RIVER

209
230
255

THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT

273

ACROSS THE ZODIAC.
CHAP TEE
SHIPWRECK.
Once
only, in tlie occasional travelling of thirty years,
;

I.

did I lose any important article of luggage
loss occurred,

and that

not under the haphazard, devil-take-the-

hindmost confusion of English, or the elaborate misrule of Continental journeys, but through the absolute perfection and democratic despotism of the American
system.
I

had

to give

up a

visit

Cooper's best Indian novels

—no

to the scenery of

slight sacrifice

— and
This

hasten at once to

New York

to repair the loss.

incident brought me, on an evening near the middle of

September 1874, on board a river steamboat startinofrom Albany, the capital of the State, for the Empire The banks of the lower Hudson are as well City.
of the Ehine itself, but even America has not yet devised means of lighting them up at night, and consequently I had no amusement but

worth seeing as those

travellers.

such as I could find in the conversation of my fellowWith one of these, whose abstinence from
personal questions led

me

to take

him

for

an Englishone wonder

man,

I spoke of VOL. I.

my

visit to

Niagara

—the

A

"


;

2
of the

Ao'oss the Zodiac.
world that thoroughly
to
"

answers
to

its

warranty

"

— and
"

Montreal.

As

I of

spoke of the strong and
loyalty

general Canadian

feeling

the English

Crown and
!

connection, a
I

Yankee bystander observed

Wal, stranger, wanted tu
"

reckon

we

could take 'em

if

we

you think them M'orth the price. them even more highly than they rate themselves and English colonists are not much behind the citizens of the model Eepublic in
Yes," I replied,
if

" if

Lut

you

do,

you

rate
;

honest self-esteem."
" "Wal," he said, " hev to pay ?

"

how much du yew

calc'late

we
;

shall

"

Not more, perhaps, than you can

afford

only

California,

and every Atlantic seaport from Portland

to Galveston."

Eeckon yew may be about right, stranger," he said, back with tolerable good-humour and, to do them justice, the bystanders seemed to think the retort
"

falling

;

no worse than the provocation deserved.
" I

am

sorry,"

said

my

friend,

"

you should have
of the

fallen in with so unpleasant a

specimen

char-

countrymen ascribe with too much reason to Americans. I have been long in England, and never met with such discourtesy from any one who recognised me as an American."
acter your

After this our conversation became less reserved

and

I found that I was conversing with one of the most renowned officers of irregular cavalry in the
late

Confederate

service

—a

service

which,

in

the

efficiency, brilliancy,

and daring

of that especial arm,

has never been surpassed since

Maharbal's African

;

Iiitrocitidory.

3

Light Horse were recognised by friends and foes as the
finest corps in the small splendid

army

of

Hannibal.
I give
bitter-

Colonel
neither his

A

(the reader will learn w^hy

name nor

real rank) spoke with

some

ness of the inquisitiveness which rendered

it

impossible,

he

said, to trust

an American with a
lying.

difficult to

keep one without

joined by Major
the

B

,

secret, and very "We were presently who had been employed during

war in the conduct of many critical communications, and had shown great ingenuity in devising and unravelling ciphers. On this subject a somewhat protracted discussion arose.
I inclined to the doctrine of

Poe, that no cipher can be devised which cannot be

detected by an experienced hand

;

my

friends indicated

simple methods of defeating the processes on which
decipherers rely.
" Poe's theory," said

the Major, " depends
letters,
;

frequent recurrence of certain
brief

syllables,

upon the and

and
is

^'s,

words in any given language for instance, of e's tion and ed, a, and, and the in English. Xow it
short words and terminations, and equally

perfectly easy to introduce abbreviations for each of

the

common

easy to baffle the decipherer's reliance thereon by inserting meaningless

symbols to separate the words
signs for a

by employing two
difficulty

common

letter,

or so

arranging your cipher that no one shall without extreme

know which marks
combined
letters,

stand for single and which

for several

where one

letter

ends and

another begins."

After some debate. Colonel A wrote down and handed me two lines in a cipher whose character at

once struck

me

as very remarkable.

"


Across
the Zodiac.

;

4
" I
•vrell

grant," said

I,

"

that these hieroglyphics might

puzzle a more practised decipherer than myself.
I

Still,

can point out even here a clue which might

help detection.

There occur, even in these two lines, three or four symbols which, from their size and comAgain, the displication, are evidently abbreviations. tinct forms are very few, and have obviously been
to

made

serve

for

different

letters

by some

slight

alterations devised

upon a

fixed rule.

In a word, the
;

cipher has been constructed upon a general principle

and though
lowed
"

it

may
is, it

take a long time to find out what
affords a clue which, carefully fol-

that principle
out, will

probably lead to detection."
perceived," said Colonel

You have
it

A
I

,

" a fact

which
script

took
all

me

very long to discover.

have not

deciphered

the more difficult passages of the

manu-

from which I took this example; but I have ascertained the meaning of all its simple characters, and your inference is certainly correct."
said too

Here he stopped abruptly, as if he thought he had much, and the subject droj^ped. We reached New York early in the morning and

separated, having arranged to visit that afternoon a

celebrated " spiritual "
stances in the

medium who was then
and
of

giving

Empire

City,

heard and repeated to
lous stories.

me

and

as

Our visit, we came away Colonel

had more or less marvelhowever, was unsatisfactory
friend
several

whom my

A

said

"Well, I suppose this experience confirms you in your disbelief ?
" jSTo," said

failures,

" ]\Iy first visits have generally been I. and I have more than once been told that my

Introduciory.

5

most unfavourable to tlie success have in some cases witnessed marvels perfectly inexplicable by known natural laws and I have heard and read of others attested by
is

own temperament
of a seance.

Xevertlieless, I

;

evidence I certainly cannot consider inferior to

my

own."
"

Why," he

said, " I

thought from your conversation
disbeliever,"
I, " in

last night

you were a complete
answered

" I believe,"

very

little of

what

I

liave seen.

But that

little is

quite sufficient to dispose

of the theory of

pure imposture.

On

the other hand,

there

is

nothing spiritual and nothing very

human

in

the pranks played by or in the presence of the mediums.

They remind one more
lins
;

of the feats of traditionary gob;

mischievous, noisy, untrustworthy

insensible to
fools of

ridicule, apparently delighting to

make

men,

and perfectly indifferent
uj)on themselves."
"
"

to

ha\dng the tables turned
"
?

But do you believe
No," I replied
;

in goblins

"

no more than in table-turniug
I

ghosts,

and

less

than in apparitions.
insist

am

not bound

to find either sceptics or spiritualists in plausible ex-

planations.

But when they

on an alternative to

their respective theories, I

suggest

Puck

as

at least

equally credible with Satan, Shakespeare, or the parrotcry of imposture.
It is the

very extra\-agance of illogical

temper
say
its
'

to call

on

me

to furnish

an explanation because I

we know
;
'

far too little of the thing itself to guess at

causes

but of the current guesses, imposture seems

inconsistent with the evidence, and 'spiritual agency'

with the character of the phenomena."
"

That," replied

Colonel

A

,

"

sounds

common

I once witnessed a phenomenon which was to me quite as extraordinary as any of the 'spiritual' performances. Mr. could I live so long. their especial bias. and moreover." "The intolerance of incredulity. or Professor Huxley. and your divines are half of science. of science dogmatise like divines. I have at this moment in my possession apparently irresistible . " like every other class. evidence of the reality of what then took place I and am sure that there exists at a point on the earth's surface. own known natural laws. tivists is quite The anti-religious bigotry of Posi- as bitter and irrational as the theolo- At present the two powers countervail and balance each other. strong cor- . and sounds even more commonplace. all him wildly improbable. burnt for a heretic. which unluckily I cannot define. Across the Zodiac. Harrison. for presuming to believe in Providential government. no one seems really to draw a strong." returned " is Colonel A ." of them afraid and the other half " The men of science have. and inferences hitlierto drawn from tilings them. I should be in equal apprehension of being burnt by some successor of Mr. so fifty or a hundred years hence.6 sense. Congreve. their peculiar professional temptation. But. And you are the first and only man I ever met who hesitates to affirm the imposto sibility of that which seems contrary. not they only on things they have not seen." I replied. to all contrary at once to received opinion and to his experience. clear line between non-belief and disbelief. Your men . And yet. a sore subject with me. but on refuse to see of Satan. as three hundred years ago I should certainly have been gical bigotry of religious fanatics.

" have. which has silenced those who imputed to me an unworthy and purposeless falsehood. and intelligence. Nevertheless. now associated with the most painful incident of lost my life. character. altogether that natural desire for interest and I have sympathy and interesting to human in a matter deeply . and has prevented me ever since from repeating what I know to be true and believe to be of greater interest." he said." criticism on my " I assure you. is personally painful to relate. but has left a heavy burden on my conscience. " an intense interest in all in occult phenomena . and I hope as gentleman. persons who heard utterly ridiculed either as a and were or at best of lying disposed to treat as me madman. every one of whom had known me as soldier. for years and in each case the result was a duel. Since the last occasion on which I told it seven years have elapsed. you need not be silenced of discourteous by any apprehension part. close " I it. I told it afterwards to three gentlemen of station. as the scientists say of practical science. roborative proof of 7 first my it story. and I never have met any one but yourself to whom I have thought it possible to dis." I answered. and in some sense of greater importance. the it.IntrodtLctory. an audacious trespasser on that privilege which belonged to them as mariners. that every one branch of such knowledge throws light on others and if there be nothing in your story which it . than any scientific discovery of the last century. believing regard to alleged magic. " I to tell the story as I have no such wish now It is had at first.

the motive that prompts us all to relate often affected us. but I think that I shall have made up my mind to tell you what 1 have to tell. Number 999. and to place in your hands tliat portion of the evidence which is still at dence that has a significance experience is of its my command — eviown. especially of one which had been fatal re- marking that tlie motive in each instance remainetl " I unknown even " that to the seconds. I will not promise. I spent that evening of several merely episodical. first. am sure. engaged. and early any occurrence that has keenly But I think that I in whatever manner. I felt at and which is. especially since somewhere it in world there must yet exist proof that If you will come to my rooms in did occur. like every one else." with the family of a officers one former is of the Confederacy. could not have been. the highest opinion honour and veracity and pain . to which my friend. I mentioned the Colonel's name. I suppose. the head of the family. expressed tlie highest confidence in his character. Street to- morrow. which. have no right to suppress so remarkable a fact. and my friend." he said they were not. having served with lum through of his the Virginian campaigns. myself.8 Across tJie Zodiac. fought for the one cause that would justify them and explain question involving the secrecy of the quarrel — some female honour or reputation. but spoke with bitter in regret of the duels which he liad been . I can hardly conceive . whose friendship the one permanent and valuable result of my American tour. if by telling it I can place it effectually on record for the benefit of men sensible enough to believe that it may the have occurred.

and. or to think that any one would have doubted either his spirit or his nerve had lie refused to fight. in each case he was the challenger. Moreover. who had led charges against fourfold numbers. though we have lived in the same city for five years. perhaps upon his conscience. And I think that either the circumstances in which they must have had their origin. I have only encountered him three or four times in the street." he replied. neither given " me his address nor accepted I my is urgent invitations to visit us here. and his personal character stands so high." Introductory. whatever the provocation. his services during the war were so brilliant. and have probably tended to isolate him from society " ? Deeply as they were regretted and disapproved. as you remarked fire M . or the duels themselves. it too absurd for a man who had faced over and over again the of a whole brigade. to prove his personal courage with sword or pistol. 9 that any one of his adversaries could Lave called in question in any way the personal loyalty of Colonel of General A is . To me he must know that he would be most welcome. certainly something that has never been guessed yet. and then he has passed with the fewest possible words. think that there some- thing in the story of those duels that will never be known. Though the war ruined him as utterly as . have so weighed upon his spirits. most of them also the friends of his antagonists. Yet." " Then these duels have injured him in Southern opinion. that nothing could have induced his fellow-soldiers to put any social stigma upon him. and has No. that he has chosen to avoid his former friends.

of Southern gentlemen whom has reduced from wealth to absolute poverty. If I had remained witliin their reach." " Is there. then commanding beyond the Mississippi. if not repentance. I was I sent by General Lee with despatches for Kirby Smith. " any point of honour on which you could suppose him to be so exceptionally sensitive that he would think it necessary to take the life of a man who touched him on that point." friend." I asked. though afterwards his regret. once put in circulation during the war. " The next day I called as agreed upon my new-found and with some reluctance he commenced his During the last campaign. to return before the was unable surrender. story. and his son then interposed " I have heard it said that Colonel A was in general the least quarrelsome of Confederate officers but that on more than one occasion. and. in February 1865. Across of the tliousaiuls tJie Zodiac.— lO any it " . their brother officers had much trouble in preventing a serious diffi- culty. their official . where his statement upon some point of fact had been challenged by a comrade. he has refused every employment which would bring him before the public eye. I might have shared the fate of Wirz and other victims of calumnies which. who did not intend to question his veracity but simply the accuracy of his observation. for reasons into which I need not enter. I believed myself to be marked out by the Federal Government for vengeance. might be keen enough to crush his spirit or break his heart ? The General paused for a moment.

had been caught by the I gained the Pacific coast. and. He transferred me a few days afterwards to a Dutch vessel bound for Brisbane. and the Emperor Maximilian as a hero who had devoted himself to a task heroic at once in its danger and diffiher Southern neighbours of culty — the restoration of a people with whom his house historical connection to a place had a certain among the I should nations of the civilised world. Her master was barely competent to the ordinary duties of his surprise to command me when the first and it was no storm that we encountered . . knowing better than any but knew it the miserable anarchy Mexico under the Eepublic. entered the as service of the of fortune. if captured in 1865. as our oppo- nents fought. The crew was weakhanded. we regarded conquest as the one chance of regeneration for that country. Emperor Maximilian. like one or two Southern officers of greater distinction than myself. certainly have been shot Juarists in pursuit of me. might probably have of been hanged. are neither molested nor even suspected any other offence than that of fighting. for the State to which our allegiance was due. and two or three European desperadoes of all languages and of no country. and got on board an English loading for San Erancisco whose captain — generously weighed anchor and sailed with but half a cargo to give me a chance of safety. However. and consisted chiefly of Lascars. not mere soldiers but because. I made my way to Mexico. its 1 1 close.— The Shipwreck. Malays. After his I fall. for at that time I thought of settling in Queensland. authors dared not retract at others. I thought it necessary to escape before the final surrender of our forces beyond the Mississippi. Now I and who. vessel.

I was lying towards the southern end of the island. bring them into the This would take some time.2 1 Across tJie Zodiac. within the region of the soutli- east trade winds. of which tliey were soon tired. The sextant having been broken to pieces. One night we were awakened by a tremendous shock and. dirt. and The captain. and out of sight of all other land. which have nothing to do with my story. in month August. on a little hillock tolerably clear of trees. the noise. which were abundant and easily caught. to spare you the details of a shipwreck. might. and fish. tive to it "We pulled on shore. . and foul smells of the vessel being. after exwas found to yield nothing attrac- seamen except cocoa-nuts. but. nor was much astonished that the captain was for some days. following the course of the winds. partly from fright and partly from drink. about a mile from an island of no great size. and I track of vessels. it now know anything of of except that it lay. intolerable. and facing a sort of glade or avenue. it was thought. had no great difficulty in inducing them to return to the ship. therefore. covered only with " . when he had recovered his sobriety and his courage. and endeavour either to get her off or construct from her timbers a raft which. About ten o'clock in the morning of the 25 th August 1867. I drove us completely out of our course. ploring the island. meanwhile was allowed to remain (my own wish) on terra firma . incapable of using his sextant to ascertain the position of the ship. I had no means nor do I the of ascertaining the position of this island. especially in that climate. with which our crew had soon supplied themselves as largely as they wished. we found ourselves when day broke fast on a coral reef.

torn up by the roots. rocks broken and flung to great distances.The Shipwreck. earth. broken. a tremendous shock temporarily deprived me of my senses. Sitting up. moment witnessed more than once when a Confederate force holding an impenetrable woodland had been shelled at fandom for some hours with the enemy could bring into the field. Suddenly. the direction in which at that season and hour the sun was visible. hurled against one another. and fixed itself at last on what was now the summit of one about a third of whose length had been broken off and lay on the ground. somewhat confused. ticularly I remember that a piece of metal of considerable size had cut off the tops of two or three trees. largest guns that the Trees were torn and all directions. the evidences of destruction became every minute more marked. Trees had been thrown down. 13 brush and young trees. I might say more universal. in a very few seconds In another after its first appearance. I soon perceived that this miracu- lous bombardment had proceeded from a point to the north-eastward. In every direction I saw such traces of havoc as I had perceptible disc. I saw what appeared at first like It a brilliant star considerably higher than the sun. I became aware that some strange accident had occurred. which allowed me to see the sky within perhaps twenty degrees of the horizon. till. some even thrown up in the air. increased in size with amazing rapidity. and I think that more than an hour had elapsed before I recovered them. branches scattered in of stone. Proceeding thitherward. it had a very For an instant it obscured the sun. looking up. all fragments Par- and coral rock flung around. and looking around me. and so reversed in .

before I had gone two miles I saw that the had sustained a shock which might have been that of an earthquake. as in a few moments I satisfied myself. it What may call the was no actual hole. In some places sharp-pointed fragments of the coral rock. guided by the signs reached the point ever-increasing devastation. but rather a cavity torn and then filled up by falling fragments was two crater — though — . island In a word. I whence the mischief had proceeded. the surface itself below the actual was raised several I by dthris of every kind. land Eeaching the beach.14 Across the Zodiac. The earth had been torn open. fishes lying fifty yards salt water. that the shock had driven the sea far . but which had none of the special peculiarities Presently I came of that kind of natural convulsion. had utterly disappeared. feet were discernible far At others. which certainly equalled that of the most violent Central American earthquakes in severity. they exposed what had been their undermost surface. which at a depth of several feet formed the bed of the island. I found inland. up upon the and everything drenched in of At last. apparently torn from some sheet of great thickness. At last I came to a point from wdiich through the destruction of the trees the sea visible was . iu the direction in which the ship had lain but the ship. upon fragments of a shining pale yellow metal. falling that. but in one or two cases of remarkable size and shape. generally small. I can give no idea in words of what I there found. while again half buried iu the soil. surface. rooted up as if by a gigantic explosion. In one case I found embedded between two such jagged fragments a piece of remarkably hard impenetrable cement.

my doing anything to solve my doubts or relieve . where she must have sunk immediately. had driven her where she had been fixed into the deep water outside. on the one of her masts. There could be xloubt that the off the reef shock had extended to her. After examining and puzzling myself over this strange scene for some time.The SJiipivreck. of of various metals. perplexity. I went back to the crater. . whatever animal bodies were to be found must have been devoured by the sharks. and had broken her spars. which abounded in that neighbourhood. the ship and of her crew outside the coral reef presently. In the morning. I found very that could enlighten me except pieces of glass. floating and before long I saw just what had been her bowsprit. attached generally to pie(ies of the cement. with little the sail attached. and with some tools that had been left on shore contrived to dig somewhat deeply debris among the little with which it was filled. 15 or three liundred feet in circumference space I found considerable masses of and in this the same metallic . during which I marvelled over what I had seen. my next care was to seek traces of . scarcely crediting my memory or my senses. Dismay. of wood. and sea. my astonishment before the sun went down the night and during my sleep was broken by snatches of horrible dreams and intervals of waking. and horror prevented . some parently to have been portions of furniture which seemed apand one . No traces of her crew were to be seen. They had probably been stunned at the same time that they were thrown into deep water and before I came in sight of the point where she had perished. substance.

6 . That bound in metal like that of the case. by simple chemical it A friend off whom I submitted a small portion broken from of the rest expressed no doubt that was a kind aluminium bronze." said my friend. but inclined to believe that it contained no inconsiderable proportion of a metal with which chemists are as yet imperfectly acquainted certainly something which perhaps. silicon had given to the alloy a hardness and tenacity unknown to any familiar metallurgical compound. damaged but still entire relic. 1 Acj'oss tJic Zodiac. opening the volume. which I preserved and brought away with me. This he opened. in which I recognised the resemblance of a book of considerable thickness. very little rusted. I should have told you that I found there what I believed to be fragments of human flesh and bone. he said. "is a manuscript which was contained in this case when I took it from among the debris of the crater." Here the Colonel removed a newspaper which hail covered a portion of his table. and showed me a metallic case beaten out of all shape. to This I afterwards ascertained beyond doubt be a metalloid alloy where- of the principal ingredient was aluminium. "This. seriously injured object. and the general ruin he described. but apparently of what had been a silvery colour. and I saw at once that solidity. . it or some substance so closely resembling tinguishable from to it as not to be distests. though much it soiled. to its it was of enormous thickness and it which and to favouring circumstances owed preservation in had undergone some severe and violent shock there could be no quesBeside the box lay a less damaged though still tion. but so crushed and mangled .

I caught and contrived to smoke — — a quantity of fish sufficient to last me for a fortnight. in the others. still and filled a small cask with brackish but drinkable water. On the second evening of gale my which compelled me which I was driven for three days and direction I can hardly guess. not been fatally injured by the shock.TJie Shipwreck. in what On the fourth morning the wind had fallen. life under such circumstances would not be worth having. though damaged. —the such sufferings of a solitary voyager in an open boat under a tropical sun. Tlie storm had supplied mo with water more than enough so that I . and had. ing that. thus stored. and before nights. was spared that arch-torture of thirst which all seems. voyage I was caught by a to lower the sail. I was perfectly willing to embark upon a voyage in which I was well aware the chances of death were at least as five to one. I embarked about a fortnight after the day of the mysterious shock. made and fixed a mast. which I felt sure lay far from the ordinary course of merchant vessels. owing to its remoteness. "^ VOL. and by noon I it was a perfect calm. to absorb Towards evening a I. need not describe what has been described by so many shipwrecked sailors. sliglit breeze sprang up. that I could form no positive conclusion. In this vessel. and with no little difficulty contrived to manufacture a Knowsort of sail from strips of bark woven together. I repaired this. memory of sufferers. A boat which tlie had brought me ashore the smaller of two belonging to the ship had fortunately been left on the end of the island furthest from that on which the vessel had been driven. B . care i 7 My next was to escape from the island. even if I could sustain life on the island.

I fancy." said I." " But. make it a condition that you shall not publish script or you show the manuany one. of which you shall be advised. you do publish it." said I. and hardly seem to belong to any known language known I only . " But I should like to ask you one question. I will give you the key ciphers as I have been able to I believe. came in siglit of a vessel. however.8 " 1 Across by morning I tJie Zodiac. I will say no more than this I will place this manuscript in to such of its your hands. however. I beThe manuscript will tell have told you. utterly discredited such part of my strange story as I told them. most of them. invented to describe various technical devices unto the world when life . " You are drawing a deduction from what have told you everything. uiul contrived to Ijoard. in short. and that if after my death. What ? do you conceive to have been the felt cause of the extraordinary shock you and of the havoc you witnessed to What. for I make is if out. but there are words which. the manuscript was written. The language. that could assist you." " I promise. wliich I Her crew. and even her captain. am no scholar. the nature of the occurrence and the origin of the manuscript you entrust my " care ? Why need you ask I as capaljle as myself of I me ? " he returned. " the rest. quasi-scientific terms. and lieve. them. On : that point. an actual eye-witness often receives . you will afibrd no clue by which the donor could be the story during that if my mention the tale in confidence to confidently identified. Latin of a mediaeval I rightly decipher type . are not Laiin. you will strictly keep my secret.

what you believe to have been its origin. and there are passages in which." asked I. 19 from a number of little facts which he cannot remember. having . was the work of several years. " I can only say. before opening the manuscript. but it it. It then seemed to me utterly incredible. with all the help afforded me by my friend's previous There is." " Did you. " that what must be inferred from the manuscript before I opened is what I had inferred That same explanatioii was the only one that ever occurred to me. as the efforts. whether from the illegibility of the manuscript or the employment of technical terms unknown to me." he answered. as the scholiasts have it. even in the first night." he said. which are perhaps too minute to have been actually and individually noted by him. I should like to hear. as it is. on the closest examination of what remains in the witness's memory." The examination and transcription of the manuscript. is still the only conceivable explanation that my mind can suggest. an impression which is more likely to be correct than any that could be formed by a stranger on the fullest cross-questioning. Such. reader will see. which I presume you know were not on the island before the shock. however. more than one hiatus valde dcficndus." The Shipwreck. I cannot be certain of the correctness of my translation. there " I certainly did. " connect the shock and the relics. I give it to the world. with the meteor and the strange obscuration of the sun ? " Having done so. could be but one conclusion as to the quarter from which the shock was received.

every one of the conditions imposed fulfilled. and the next half dozen are so mashed. on which it is written resembles nothing used for such purposes on Earth. that I only a few sentences here and there are legible. but contain some fifty lines per page. and has never been woven in any kind of loom at all like those employed in any manufacture known to history or arclueology. Tipon me by my late The character of The material translation was exceedingly difficult. and though some symbols. have contrived. to combine these into what I believe to be a substantially correct representation of the author's meaning. and there dozen pages have been utterly destroyed. but almost universal. but executed with extraordinary clearness. letters are separately written. es23ecially those representing numbers or chemical com- . are its and deeply regretted friend. I believe. however. though here and there pages are illegible. Contractions and com- binations are not merely frequent. and perhaps one hundred and fifty What were probably the first half letters in each line. do not occur. often including from four to ten letters. and minute. but with a finer point than that of the finest pencil. but it is far closer in texture.— 20 Across the Zodiac. The letters. scarcely an instance in which five consecutive is no single which half a dozen contractions. 1 should fancy that something more like a pencil than a pen. the manuscript is very curious. or more properly symbols. The Latin is of a monastic sometimes almost canine — quality. with many words which are not Latin at all. was employed There line in is in the writing. and defaced. The pages are of the size of an ordinary duodecimo. tattered. For the rest. It is more like a very fine linen or sUken web.

not likely. the manuscript affords no clue. if they lay the offence to my charge. the secrets to its which. may still be living. and to explain. relating the incidents of a second voyage and describing another world. it will be placed in the library of some I section of the . record. on my death. if One word more. and that If so. . by myself or by my executors. that some of those friends of the narrator. are absolutely undeciplieraLle. the conclusion will. it has been poshope will be found a clear and I have condensed the narrative but have not altered or suppressed a line for fear of offending those who must be unreasonable. be given to the public. was evidently these pages It is possible. they may meet if their eyes. national or scientific institution. must add that these volumes contain only the first ]\IS. The rest. Otherwise. intentionally or through the destruction of introductory portion. they so choose. may be able to solve the few problems that have entirely baffled me. 21 pounds. remains in my hands and. sible to effect what I coherent translation. should this part of the work excite general attention. indeed. for whom the account written.The Shipzvreck.

OUTWARD BOUND. and when the secret was communicated to me. . since the existence of a repulsive force in the atomic sphere had been long suspected and of late certainly ascertained. For obvious reasons. in childhood. I felt confident that such a voyage would be one day achieved. It had seemed to them little more than a curions secret of nature. ttTTo. difficulty. a visit to one or more of the nearest of them had been my favourite day-dream. . ascertained every ? from. those who possessed the Apergy * had never dreamed of applying it in the manner I proposed. Till lately. Treasuring every hint afforded by science or fancy that bore upon the sul)ject. epyos. I learnt that the planets were worlds. perhaps hardly so much. and its preponderance is held secret of the to be the characteristic of the gaseous as distinguished from the liquid or large quantity solid state of matter.CHAPTER II. no means of generating or collecting this force in had been found. work — as en-ergy . I had dreamed out my dream. it possessed a value which had never before belonged to it. realised every * (^y. The progress of electrical science had solved this difficulty. Ever since. Helped by one or two really ingenious romances on this theme. .

I had satisfied only one thing needful was as yet wholly beyond the reach and even the proximate furnisli hopes as science. Experiment had proved by the method described at the commencement of this record. fishes air This must be a repulsive energy capable of utter void. animals. acting through an Man. Human invention could fulfil yet no motive tlie power that could problem uniform vacuo the main requirement of — motion in motion through a region affording no resisting or constantly increasing — medium. move by repulsion applied at every moment. 23 myself that of pruLlem. or the Sun me. as the character of the apergic force made known seized on sible. fins. The chief of these. oars. such as might be the Earth in a voyage to the Moon. The construction of an air-tight vessel was easy enough air but however large the body of conveyed. sails. trivial in comparison with overcome there were difficulties to be surmounted. birds. I needed a repulsion which would act like gravitation through an indefinite distance and in a void — act upon a remote fulcrum. to generate and collect it in amounts The other hindrances to a practically unlimited. not absent or deficient powers in nature to be discovered. to this As was pos- soon. paddles. of course. In or water. contlie cerned the conveyance of air sufficient for needs of the traveller during the period of his journey. even . in a more distant journey. But in space there is no such resisting element on which repulsion can operate. Outward factor in the Botind. then. voyage through space were that thus .. wings act by repulsion exerted on the fluid element in which they work. to its application purpose it my mind.

this element it would be impossible. according to . like chlorate of potash . would only be necessary to carry a certain quantity of lime-water. would be constantly diminished and ultimately exhausted and the effect of highly oxygenated air upon the circulation is notoriously too great to allow of any considerable increase at the outset in the proportion of this element. that the oxygen of the air. But the vessel had to be steered as well as propelled and in order to accomplish this it would be necessary to command means the direction of the apergy at pleasure. in some solid combination .24 though its Across tJie Zodiac. easily calcu- and by means it. and seemingly without diminu- tion. But if it is the car- bonic acid gas were merely to be removed. car- oxygen should not be exliausted. and especially metals. I might carry a fresh supply of oxygen. Most solids. available at need. . but the electricity employed for the generation of the apergy to the decomposition of carbonic acid might be also applied and the restora- tion of its oxygen to the atmosphere. We found that acts through air or in a vacuum in a single straight line. of a fan or similar instrument to tlie drive the whole of vessel containing air periodically through the The lime in solution combining with the noxious gas would show by the turbid whiteness of the water the absorption of the carbonic acid and formation of carbonate of lime. My of doing this depended on two of the best: established peculiarities of this strange force linear direction it its recti- and its conductibility. obvious which forms a part of that gas. the bonic acid given out by breathing would very soon so contaminate the whole that life To eliminate lated. without deflection.

Its power penetration diminishes under a very obscure law. without divergence. The Moon is a far less interesting body. and leaving no other aperture. sequently somewhat imperfectly seen] is equally devoid . Therefore. the it. such as of may be formed [undecipherable] in an antapergic sheath. on the hemisphere turned towards the Earth. since. and so propel the vessel in any direction I pleased. their electric condition. or the direction in which it emerges. its entire volume might be sent into a conductor. diffusion. lines sheet half it an inch in On the other hand. the absence of an atmosphere and of water ensures the absence of any such life as is known to us probably and of any life that could be discerned by our senses would prevent landing while nearly all the soundest astronomers agree in believing. However such bar may be current will fill curved. that even the opposite hemisphere [of which small portions are from time to time rendered visible by the libration. though greatly foreshortened and comI visit to — — . by collecting the current from the generator in a vessel cased with antapergic material. bent. prefers to all other the axis of a conductive bar. indefinitely. had determined that my first attempt should be a Mars. but so rapidly that no conceivable strength of current would affect an object protected by an intervening thickness.Outward Bound. on apparently sufficient grounds. the nearer. or divided. Thus I could turn the repulsion the resistant body (sun or planet). are it 25 impervious to more or of less — antapergic. and causing the further part to rotate divert the current upon upon through any required angle. I could By cutting across this conductor. and follow and pursue loss.

life. It was expedient. to make my vessel as attraction.26 of the ^1 cross the Zodiac. difficult. to the fact that when nearest to the Earth a is very small portion of her lighted surface us. and I resolved to defer it until after I had acquired some practical experience and dexterity in the control of my machinery. very and though I cherished the intention little was known to visit her even more earnestly than my resolve to reach the probably less attractive planet Mars. The latter appeared to me the more delicate. apergy as a propelling rather than as a resisting force. light as possible. beyond the immediate sphere of the Earth's attraction. and an atmosphere was generally admitted. to employ the . as woidd admit. two primary necessaries of animal and vegetable That Mars has seas. Now. I determined to begin with that voyage of which the conditions and I the probable result were most obvious and certain. preferred. of course. and I held it to be beyond question. or rather the outward passage into that . owing to her extraoidinary bril- liancy. visible to and above all to her dense cloud. at the considerations of weight same time. and perhaps dangerous task of the two. in the first instance. relymy main motive power upon that tremendous and employing the apergy only to moderate the rate of movement and control its direction. But have walls large as it was of paramount importance to of great thick- ness. to attain ing for Venus I should be approaching the Sun. moreover.envelope. in order to prevent the penetration of the outer cold of space. Of Venus. clouds. it is plain that in going towards Mars I should be departing from the Sun. and. relying upon the apergy to overcome his attraction whereas in seeking after passing .

. being widest and longest in a plane equidistant from floor and ceiling. I resolved to . The deck and keel.Oiitward Botuid. the height of tlie vessel being about floor tAventy feet. and character partly because its electric makes it especially capable of being rendered at will pervious or impervious to the apergic current. f I had my vessel constructed with walls three feet thick. In shape my Astronaut somewhat resembled the form of an antique Dutch EastIndiaman. as tlie 27 heat generated witliin the vessel well as to resist the tremendous outward pres- sure of the air inside. in its nature less penetrable to heat than any other substance which Nature has furnished or the wit of man constructed from her materials.* Briefly. the * Tlie chemical notation of the JIS. is unfortunatel}^ difTcrent any known cipherable. while the space between should be filled up with a mass of concrete or cement. intense cold of itself. intended to act as a window in the first instance. The materials of this cement and their proportions were as follows. to any chemist of my acquaintance. of which the outer six and the inner three inches were formed of the metalloid. . . having determined to take advantage of the . .. make the outer and inner walls of an alloy of . from and utterly unde- t Last figures illegible : the year is probably i S30. In the centre of the and in that of the roof respectively I placed a large lens of crystal. approaching opposition of Mars in mdcccxx . Partly for these reasons. the sides and ends sloping outwards from the floor and again inwards towards the roof. however. and each one hundred feet in length and fifty in breadth. were absolutely flat.

admits of being cast with a perfection of structure and equality of throughout unattainable with laborious ordinary glass. At one end my couch. and wrought to a certainty and accuracy curvature whicli the most patient and polishing can hardly give to the lenses even of moderate-sized telescopes. whether made of glass or metal. table. I carpeted the floor with several alternate layers of I placed cork and cloth. to enable in whatever direction. and throw a perfect image.. I two parts so as flUed to permit access each garden closely with shrubs and flowering plants of the greatest possible . which.. magnified by lOO. while tlirough upper I should discern tlie star towards which I was steering. looo. being much heavier than the rest of the vessel. all bookshelves. as those who manufactured for me are aware. that is. I had so calcu- lated the curvature that several eye-pieces of different magnifying powers which I carried with me might be adapted equally to any of the window lenses. would naturally he turned downwards during the greater part of the voyage towards I placed a similar lens in the centre of the Sun. sisted of me to discern any object it The crystal in question con- . and other necessary furniture. and is singularly impervious to heat. or 5000. the other in the lower material. 2S Across tJic Zodiac. with the stores needed for my voyage. I At the other made a garden with soil three feet deep and five feet in width. each of the four sides. and with a further weight sufficient to preserve equilibrium. with two plane windows of the same the upper. upon mirrors properly placed. one in half of the wall. divided into to the windovvs. tlie lower to admit the rays of the Sun. The floor. ..

partly in the hope of naturalising them elsewhere. were three which The midmost and left hand . course. with the receptacle or apergion. I must be able to steer in any direction and at any angle to the For this purpose I placed five smaller bars. directed against the outer portions of the Sun's disc. was obviously neces- sary also to repel or counteract the attraction of any body which might come near me during the voyage. for the repulsive action. Covering both with wire netting extending from the roof to the floor. in getting free from the Earth's influence. The angle might have been extended but that I deemed it inexpedient to believing that these are occupied so small that it to thirty minutes. by matter of density might afford no It sufficient base. might revolve in any direction through an angle of twenty minutes (20'). partly to absorb 29 animal waste. The larger portion of this area was. occupying altogether a space of about thirty feet by twenty. of by the generator. I filled the cages thus formed with a variety of birds.OtUward Bound. above which was the apergy. variety. passing through the roof and four sides. of course. so to speak. connected. rely upon a force. surface. so divided that without separating it from the upper portion the lower This. was intended to direct the stream of the repulsive force against the Sun. like the main conductor. but so that they could revolve through a angle. Again. taken up a receptacle of the floor From this descended right through the conducting bar in an antapergic sheath. In the centre 01 the vessel was the machinery. My steering apparatus consisted of a table in larjie circles. much laiger in- and could at any moment be detached and sulated.

were occupied by accurately polished plane The central circle. and from his my distance could be accurately calculated. By means of a vernier Sun could be read diameter or eye-piece. mirrors. the diameter of the off the discometer. each deviating by one degree arc from the next. in the open or steering circle on the right hand.. To accomplish this. by which the latter could be made to move at will in any direction within the limit of its rotation. about twice as far from the centre as from the external edge of the mirror. marking as many of different directions. to recover the course in the opposite direction right course. stationary in the centre all While well. On the further side of the machinery was a chamber . Controlling this helm was. or metacompass. radiat- ing from the centre to the circumference. 30 of these Across tJic Zodiac. a small knob to be moved exactly parallel to the deviation of the star in the mirror of The left-hand circle. tric circles. equidistant from each other. was divided by three hundred and sixty fine lines. was exactly equal to the Sun's cir- cumference when presenting the largest disc he ever shows to an observer on Earth. or discometer. Each inner circle corresponded to a diameter reduced by one second. the metacompass. this remained it was When moved along any one of the lines. This mirror was to receive through the leus in the roof the ima^e of the star towards which I was steering. the vessel was obviously deviating from her and. the repellent force must be caused to drive her in the direction in which the image had moved. a helm was attached to the lower division of the main conductor. was divided by nineteen hundred and twenty concenThe outermost.

One of made just large enough to to close it admit my person. as it reached a certain point. keeping the I had. . Outward Bound. Of course some months were occupied in the manufacture of the different portions of the vessel and her machinery..). &c. * These distances are given in Roman measures and round numbers not easy of exact rendering. would overtake Mars. also a well- furnished tool-chest (with wires. and a supply of water sufficient to last for double the period which the voyage was expected the lower windows was to occupy . cofiee. tubes. moving in her orbit at a rate of about eleven hundred miles * per minute. and after entering I had and I fix it in its place firmly with cement. the Earth would . of course. when to wished to quit the would have again be removed. and sometime more in their combination so that when. In starting from the Earth I should share this motion I too should go eleven hundred miles a minute in the same direction but as I should travel along an orbit constantly widening. w^hich. . through wliich the air was driven by a fan. that is to say. milk.. &c. the opposition was rapidly approaching. supplied myself with an ample store of compressed vegetables. I was ready to start. preserved meats. would pass between him and the Sun. against each of which. of In the course some days the Earth. for the 3*1 decomposition of the carbonic acid. vessel. wheel in constant and rapid motion. a very small stream of repul- sive force was directed from the apergion. This fan itself was worked by a horizontal wheel with two projecting squares of antapergic metal. tea. fifty at the end of July.

about 4. Again. as well as to carry The apergy had to make up for this. a tlie motion of that particular spot from wliich I rose around her with the latitude. straight away from the Sun and in the plane of the ecliptic. equator.30 After sealing up the entrance-window. After doing this the west I turned towards the lower window on — or. on the 1st August. get rid as soon as possible. nothing at This would whirl me round and round . meridian. of this I And when meant to start at first right upward that is. which is not very different from Therefore I should that in which Mars also moves. I . taining carefully that everything — — . the right-hand side — and . to start then. I should be rid of . having regard to the action of the Earth's rotation on her axis. of course. I resolved. as it was then. and ascer- was in order a task which occupied me about an hour I set the generator and when I had ascertained that the apergion to work was full.32 leave Across tJie Zodiac. greatest at the pole. me some forty millions of miles in a direction at right angles to the former — right outward motion varying the towards the orbit of Mars. I directed the whole at first into the main conductor. on the midnight far as possible from the Sun it. Earth at the rate of a thousand miles an hour must. For the same reason which led me to start so long before the date of the opposition.M. of the I some hours before midnight. entered P. begin my effective ascent from a point of the Earth as that is. me beliiiid. and that the force was supplied at the required rate. I should share the of the Earth's surface axis. me. two friends who had thus the Astronaut far assisted Taking leave.

and one of very c . some two hundred feet above the level of my starting-point. on turning to the upper window. I had half expected to hear the whistling of the air as the vessel rushed upward. from cavities and hillocks seconds. witliin five my departure. however. I. so minutely divided that. aware that I was passing through a something cloud.Ouhuard Bound. of course. and also carried with me the means of reproducing the whole amount of the latter in case of need.. with a movable vernier of the same power as the fixed ones employed to read the glass circles. Suddenly everything disappeared except a brilliant rainbow at some since little distance — or perhaps I should rather have brilliancy. not like the rainbows seen from below. said a halo of it more than ordinary rainbow than occupied. I VOL. I saw the Earth minutes after from me so fast that. I was. was in time to catch sight of the trees Zl half mile off and about on the hills. however. In a few was looking down upon its upper surface. objects like trees and even houses had become almost indistinguishable to the naked eye. It was strange to observe the rapid rise of the sun from the westward. was the rapidly blackening aspect of the sky. I could discover the slightest escape of air in a very few seconds. Among my instruments was a pressure-gauge. close to the falling The Going window and looking out. pressure-gauge. but nothing of the kind was perceptible through her dense walls. reflecting from a thousand broken masses of vapour at different levels. remained immovable. I should have said that I had considerably compressed my atmosphere and increased the proportion of oxygen b}^ about ten per cent. unusual thickness. but nearly two-thirds of a circle. less half. Still more remarkable.

with innumerable rays of of indescribable brilliancy. of course. I presently discerned the outline of shore and sea extending over a semicircle whose radius miles from the sea. that a line drawn from the vessel to the horizon was. though very roughly. It became less and less had taken me twenty . some thirty miles higher than the centre of the semicircle bounding my view. implying that I was about thirty-five Even this height the extent of my survey was so great in comparison to my elevation. The appearance was as if the horizon had been. seemed to be not very far and the horizon therefrom my own level. minutes to attain the elevation of thirty-live miles but my speed was. my prospect had the since the dia- form meter But of the visible surface increases only as the square root of the height. and the area included in of a saucer or shallow bowl. say. appeared at a vast distance. of course. of the surface. much at ex- ceeded five hundred miles. upward through the eastern window. passage through it was due to its extent where alone the entire landscape lay in daylight. since at that height it could not have been Looking otherwise than exceedingly light and diffuse. fore. there- while the point below me. this appearance perceptible as I rose higher. very much . Looking downward to the west. colours in a confusion I presume that the total obscuration of everything outside the cloud during my and not to its density. constantly increasing.34 of Across mist. almost parallel to the surface fore .level. and at nearly every moment fresh ones came into view on a constantly darkening background. white beams mixed the sun all . I could now discern a number of brighter stars. the light of tlie Zodiac.

for reasons that will be presently apparent. it necessary that I should be able to see these so as to determine the rate and direction of the Astronaut's motion. At this point I had to cut off the greater part of the apergy and check my I first speed. ex- cept in the immediate vicinity of the eastern horizon. but into close surrounding darkness. and discern the first symptoms of any possible . Amid spangled over the surface of a distant vault. Not v/as only did I wish to enjoy the spectacle. and immediately on which rested a riiK' — of sunlit azure sky. In short. I was satisfied that I had passed entirely out of the atmosphere. of light. and before ten more minutes had elapsed. except in the direction of the Sun. but as I had to direct my course by terrestrial landmarks. and had entered into the vacancy of space — if such a thing as vacant space there be. were visible innumerable points less brilliant —the stars — howmore or which no longer seemed to be this darkness. still which was round the well above the sea terrestrial horizon.— Outward Bonn d. nearer or farther to the instinctive apprehension of the eye as they "were brighter or fainter. Scintillation there was none. broken here and there by clouds. before thitry minutes had elapsed since the start. I found myself surrounded by a blackness nearly absolute. In every other direction I seemed to be looking not merely upon a black or almost black sky. as the speed of 35 an object falling to the Earth from a great height increases. where I still saw them through a dense atmosphere. but rather scattered immediately about me. order that during the I had started in daylight in hundred miles of my ascent might have a clear view of the Earth's surface. ever.

through the action . But obviously. had remain I to reach for it. but that in the course of that hour the gradually increasing apergic force would drive me 500 miles westward. to some time above possible. from above the part of the Earth's surface immediately opposite the Sun. I J^^arth's . I could easily spare for the ductor create in the space of one hour the impulse required. and the longer each degree so that moving eastward only a thousand miles an hour. into it was desirable that my real journey space should commence in the plane of the midnight meridian. I had. should constantly lag behind a point on the Earth's surface. that is. and having reached it. it. since my course lay gener- ally in the piano of the ecliptic. and for the present at least nearly in the line joining the centres of the Earth and Sun.36 danger. till and should not reach the midnight meridian somewhat later. that is. this line. at the attain if To do both. to lose 500 I should miles of the eastward drift during the last hour in which be subject to it. a thousand miles an hour. rotation Now in six hours the would carry an object close to its surface through an angle of 90°. moreover. in the latitude from I started. of apergy sufficient to keep the Astronaut at a fixed eastward consufficient force to elevation. But the frreater the elevation of the object the wider its orbit round the Earth's centre. Across tJic Zodiac. — that is. from the sunset to the midnight meridian. I must same moment at which sufficient to counter- I secured a westward impulse just balance the eastward impulse derived from the rotation of the which I had calculated that while directing through the main bar a current Earth .

though M'hich still sharing that motion of the Earth through space at the rate of nearly nineteen miles per second. and driven back 500 miles that at r by the apergy I a. so that thenceforward should be entirely free from the influence of the I latter. also I should have generated a westward impulse of 1000 miles an hour. of the apergic force above-mentioned. the extreme i horizon. At 12 p. once created.. I contrived to arrest All went as I had calculated.m. by my chronometer should be exactly in the plane of the midnight meridian. and nearly a. At . and would exactly counterbalance the opposite rotation at 2 P. would carry me towards the of opposition her centre line joining at the moment with that of Mars. the Astronaut's motion at the required elevation just about the moment of sunset on the region of the Earth immediately underneath. In seven hours I ward by the impulse so should be carried along that orbit 7000 miles eastmy Astronaut had. would continue to exist though the force that created it were cut off. I At stationary as regarded the Earth.. Oidward Bound. but a terrestrial short of it. ^j Now. a.m. or 24h.m. or 6500 miles east of my starting-point in space. which I had previously pointed little to the Earth's surface. an eleva- tion of 3 30 miles would give the Astronaut an orbit on whicli 90° would represent 6500 miles. I instantly arrested . found myself. by the chronometer. as I calculated the stars.M. provided that I put the eastward apergic current in action exactly 1 by the chronometer. I directed a current of the re- quisite strength into the eastward conductor. judging by exactly where I wished to be. received from the Earth. This. impulse derived from the Earth.m.

of the distance at from the centre. and it indicated at present a distance somewhat less than 9000 miles from the centre. showing that I had escaped from the influence during tlie of was of course impossible to measure the distance traversed but I reckoned ih. . directing the whole force of the .000 miles much by a given weight as on Earth from the surface. little I had the pleasure of seeing that.000 from the centre. invisibility of the Earth. miles from the surface. The anxiety and peril of my position had disturbed me very little whilst I was actively engaged either in steering and manipulating my machinery. and caused me frequently to wake from dreams of a hideous . into the downward conductor. one-twentyfifth as much. Having adjusted the helm and set the alarum to wake me in six hours. that I had 2h.M. detaching that conductor from and. made above 500 miles between I and the and that at 4h. I lay down upon my bed. I had graduated the scale accordingly. the apergion current eastward current. indication of latter was not Witli this less than 4S00 inference my barycrite substantially agreed.38 the Aci'oss tJic Zodiac. and so on. A. or in looking upon the marvellous and novel spectacles presented to my eyes but it now oppressed me in my sleep. It mirror of the metacompass. after a very of adjustment the helm. or 20.. it was obvious that about 8000 miles this spring — — or 4000 above the Earth's surface : would be deflected only one quarter as at 16. The instrument consisted of a spring wliose deflection Gravity diminishing as the square by a given weight upon the equator had been very carefully tested. the stars remained stationary in the the Earth's rotation.

wliich I steered having moved some second or two to the right of their proper position. The temperature of the interior of the vessel. My atmosphere being somewhat denser than that of the Earth. however. I with the help of a found it absolutely impossible to measure by means of the thermometers I had placed outside the windows the cold of space. Ouhuard Boiuid. I went examine the metacompass. but still. I completed the circuit which of the I filled my vessel with brilliant light emitted upper part stern. the boiling-point was not 100°. and that this pressure was in nowise affected by tlie absence of gravity. and to reduce every other substance employed as a test of atmospheric or laboratory temperatures to a solidity which admits of no further contraction. cold enough to freeze mercury. as I then proceeded to get my had tasted nothing since some hours before the start. 5° . but this was broken before I looked at . I had anticipated some trouble from the diminished action of gravity. It is. greatcoat. I confidently believe. on such awaking. and on one occasion found necessary slightly to readjust the helm the stars by . breakfast. not inconveniently so. but that it falls far short of the extreme supposed by some writers. unpleasantly cool. from an electric lamp and reflected by the polished metallic walls. I had filled one outside thermometer it with spirit.. to it 39 n Two or three times. I had a hearty appetite. was about C. but 101° Cent. doubting whether the boiling-point at this immense height above the Earth might not be affected but I found that this depends upon the pressure of the atmosphere alone. character. taken at a point equidistant from the stove and from the walls. for which. On at the rising.

hooking my little finger into the loop of a string and hung from a peg fixed near the top of the stern wall. and which was filled with carbonic acid gas. tlie chronometer showed I o A. the at- mospheric pressure being the same though the weight was so changed. I was not incommoded. except that a touch with my spoon upset the egg-cup to breakfast. It was not surprising that by this time weight had become almost non-existent. My twelve stone had dwindled to the weight of a small fowl. since. and slightest sup- any posture. I liad so far anticipated this that nothing of any material consequence was unfixed. Nothing had any stability so that the slightest push or jerk would upset everything that was not fixed. of course. and inconvenience. fell in the Astronaut as slowly as feathers in the Still it diate vicinity of the Earth. full and egg on which this. and still more china or liquid. an appaWas it that the gas rent vacuum had been created. over- turned that. and had sunk into the lower part of the bulb. had been frozen. falling against I was about and that to a breakfast cup of coffee. I felt my weight without any . Across the Zodiac. However. be invisible ? "When had completed my meal and smoked the very small cigar which alone a jirudent consideration for the state of the atmosphere would allow me. where I it would. I managed save the greater part of the beverage.40 jiml in another. lead. whose bulb unfortunately was blackened. cular weariness. I found myself able thus to support fact.Ji. rience to find myself able to lean in rest in almost immewas a novel expeany direction. with but the . sense of fatigue for a quarter of an hour or more in during that time absolutely no sense of musThis state of things entailed only one .

Outward Bcinid. scarcely — about thirty times greater than the disc of the j\Ioon as seen through a tube . but being at about two-thirds of the as lunar distance. my heels above my head. the Lunarian would see round the Earth a halo created by the refrac- tion of the Sun's rays in the terrestrial atmosphere — halo bright enough on most occasions so to illuminate the Moon as to render her visible to us — so to my eyes the Earth was surrounded by a halo somewhat resembling . And as. of blood or confusion of I was occupied all day with abstract calculations and knowing that for some time I could see nothing of the Earth her dark side being opposite me and wholly obscuring the Sun. during an eclipse. having no external atmosphere interposed between us. without any perceptible congestion brain.m. till I awoke from a short siesta about I9h. in the same position as regards the Earth would be an inhabitant of the lunar hemisphere turned towards her.— a . 4 i port for the body's centre of gravity on experiment that couple of hours with it and further to find was possible to remain for a . being dark. to the eye than the full Moon when on when But a new method afforded me. (7 p. in the favourite position of a Yankee's lower limbs. suppressing — — of course the electric glare within my vessel. while I was as yet far from having entered within the sphere where any novel celestial phenomena might be expected I only gave an occasional glance at the discometer and metacompass. of defining its disc was presently I was. in fact.) The Earth at this time occupied on the sphere of view a space defined at first only by the absence of stars but. seemed larger the horizon. looking through the lower window.

means is still of painting light which —the one great deficiency —were disthe opprobrium of human at best it. not Homer himself possessed. was the variation. like the flashing or shooting of colour in the . But on the generally rainbowtinted ground suffused with red which perhaps might best be described by calling it a rainbow seen on a background of brilliant crimson there were here and perfect notion of — — . but. — — there blotches of black or of lighter or darker grey.. which are so generally visible The outer at four cardinal points of its solar prototype. would task to the uttermost the powers of the ablest artist. or. and can perhaps be rendered intelligible. 42 Across the Zodiac. with a 2)reponderance of red so decided as fully to account for the peculiar hue of the eclipsed Moon. if the solar corona as seen in eclipses. to use a phrase more suggestive and more natural. and he could give but a very im- To describe it so that its beauty. and wondrous nature shall be in the slightest degree appreciated by my readers would require a command of words such as no poet since Homer nay. caused apparently by vast expanses of cloud. if not more accurate. though absolutely undefined. brilliancy. What was strange. the extreme mobility of the hues of this earthly corona. more or less dense. unless To paint art this. was perfectly even. covered. portion of the band faded very rapidly into the darkness of space but the edge. if one may so term them. coloured. not nearly so unlike the solar corona. Eound the edges of each of these were little irregular rainbow-coloured halos of their own interrupt- ing and variegating the continuous bands of the corona while throughout all was discernible a perpetual vari- ability. brilliant. There were none of the efflorescences.

of course. the apparition of the halo was of course much less bright. measured repeatedly the semi-diameter of the Earth and of the halo around her upon the discometer. or nearly i|' in breadth. or similarly tinted lucent substances of bright light when exposed brilliant. not more rapid. opal. The lisfht sent throucrh the window was too dim and too imperfectly diffused within my vessel to be serviceable. The inner edge. suffused was constant and unmistakable. had encountered. the 43 trans- mother-of-pearl. the to the irregular play — only that hue in this case the tints incomparably more if were change more striking. saw at once that there was a signal difference in the two indications. upon the mirror destined afterwards to measure the image of the solar disc. and its outer boundary ill defined for accurate measurement. I I registered the gravity as edge of the latter affording the measurement of the which of itself. of the rainbow. the inner a surprise. shaded off much more quickly from dark reddish purple into absolute blackness. awaited me. extinguishing the electric lamp. shown by the barycrite and. On the average of thirteen measures the halo was about 87^^.OiUzuard Botuid. this or that definite and yet the general character with or backed by crimson. l)lack disc. cast no reflection. As thrown. I could not say that at any parti- cular moment any point or part of the surface presented . but for some time I put out the electric lamp in order that its diffused light should not impair my view of this exquisite spectacle. after several reflections. I . and proceeded carefully to revise the earth-measurements. where the light was bounded by the black disc of the Earth. the first And now .

these proportions were correct.44 Acj'oss the Zodiac. as simple as that of Columbus's egg-riddle. like that of many puzzles that bewilder our minds intensely. might be of the third magnitude. or. when I first noticed it. the gravity being not one 1600th but one Sooth of terrestrial gravity. but which in less than a minute attained the first. a It weight of 100 did weigh tv. to put it in a less accurate form. and turned to other subjects of interest. or just double what I expected. giving the same apogaic distance or elevation. .000 miles. allowing for limb. or discometer gave a distance. about 2° 50'. should have weighed an ounce. Tlie terrestrial radii. I was struck by the rapid enlargement of a star which. than the intelligent reader will do the expla- nation being obvious. roughly speaking.o lbs. only to humiliate us proportionately when the solution is found — a solution At lengtli. tlie the disc. have shown a gravity. not 40 but 1600 times less than that prevailing on the Earth's surface . and in a minute more was as large as the planet Jupiter when seen with a magnifying power of one hundred diameters. I puzzled myself over tliis matter longer. finding that the lunar angle the Moon — confirmed — the apparent position of the reading of the discometer. ounces. : probably. of 40 The barycrite should 1 60. I sup- posed that the barycrite must be out of order or subject to some unsuspected law of which future observations might afford evidence and explanation. Eelighting the lamp. due to the Earth's attraction. I worked out severally on paper the results indicated by the two instruments. twilight round its edge or If the refracting atmosphere were some 65 miles in depth. Looking through the upper window on the left.

I was convinced that their number was infinitely greater than that visible to the naked eye on the brightest night. 45 . perhaps twenty feet in diameter. apparently in the direction of the had a sufficiently distinct view of io to know was a mainly metallic mass. Its disc. I remembered how greatly the inexperienced eye exaggerates the stars visible number of from the Earth. liken their number to that of the sands on the seashore. while the absolute blackness that surroun<led them. perhaps four. liad no continuous outline it approaclied I perceived that was an irregular and as mass it of whose size I could form not even a conjectural estimate. less blistered surface. and even olden observers. certainly of some size. since its distance brilliancy as it must be absolutely its uncertain. Its grew fainter in proportion to the enlargement light approached. in an opposite sense. or. I it . however. the . whereas the patient work of map and catalogue makers has shown that there are but a few thousands visible in the whole heavens to the keenest unaided sight. proving that it was reflected and that as passed me. and apparently composed chiefly of iron showing a more or earth.. I suppose that I saw a hundred times that number. but with angles sharper and faces more regularly defined than most of those wdiich have been found upon the earth's surface as if the shape of the latter might be due in part to the conflagration they — undergo in passing at such tremendous speed through the atmosphere. the sphere of darkness in which I floated seemed to be filled with points of light. In one word. Oiilward Bound. to the fractures caused by the shock of their falling. since poets. Though I made no attempt to count the innumerable stars in the midst of which I appeared to float.

except in the immediate neighbourhood of the Equator . What was novel and interesting in my stellar prospect was. 190 millions of miles apart. on the other. not merely that I could see those stars north and south which are never visible from the same point on Earth. save on the small space concealed by the . I need hardly observe that. number amongst them while in my position was multitude so great that only patient and repeated the effort enabled me to separate from the rest those peculiarly brilliant luminaries by which we are accustomed to define such constellations as Orion or the Bear. I may mention here that the recognition of the constellations was at first exceedingly difficult. wliile on one hand the motion of the vessel was absolutely imperceptible. Looking from any one window. I could see no greater space of the heavens than in looking through a similar aperture on Earth. no change of position among the stars which could enable me to verify the fact that I was moving. nisable star was the same as on Earth. or ilhiminaiion of space at large. might have been within a stone's throw. but that.46 Across the Zodiac. absence of the slightest radiation. there was. one recognises with- out an effort the figure marked out by a small of the brightest . On Earth we see so few tliat stars in any given portion of the heavens. The eye had no instinctive sense of distance any star . was strange beyond expression to an eye accustomed to that diffusion of light which is produced by the atmosphere. to say nothing of those minor or more arbitrarily drawn figures which contain few stars of the second magnitude. as it appears the same from the two extremities of the Earth's orbit. much less The direction of every recogsuggest it to the senses.

of an advance only 18. Earth's disc. I which indicated a force as great as that with which I had started.. a distance of 28^ radii. By little more than a head I could see in one direction Polaris {alpha Ursse Minoris) with the Great Bear. and the Centaur. much more approximate to by calculation. 30m. and a speed far greater than that which upon its showing had since been maintained. since implied a progress prothe instrument could be It portionate only to the square root of the difference.000 miles an hour.. cratometer. indicated. judging . the Ship.Otihuai'd Bound. I found that the Earth's diameter on the discometer measured 2° 3' 52'' (?). I ought to have half. or crite itself Moreover. was impossible that the Astronaut had not by this time attained a very an liour. Extimjuishin^ the lamp.000 miles. 47 by moving from -u-iiidow to window. survey the entire heavens. at terrestrial radii. This represented a gain of some 90.000 miles that which. a force which should by this time have given me a speed of at least 22. and at another. by changing my position. About 23h. near the again inspected the barycrite. much greater speed than 4c 00 miles and a greater distance from the Eaith than 2. At last the solution of inspected the — . upon those in the neighbourhood of the turn of my autumnal equinox. looking at one minute upon the stars surrounding the vernal. I could.Z 132. and in another the Southern Cross. I It showed ^tuo o^ ^^ran incredibly small change from the it recorded at igh. if The observation trusted. if accomplished during the last four hours and a my speed approached to that I had estimated. restrial gravity. the bary- had given igh. g-Jo close of the first day.000 miles.

000 miles. doubling my distance from the Earth. mind Erom factor the Earth's attraction alone. this point which mainly caused such weight a change of position which. became a more and more important element in If.radii of the Earth in the eighteen hours and no more than attractions. quadrupled at 16.000 the total gravity. Not only did the and the reckoning but it contradicted itself since it was impossible that under one continuous inipulsation I should have trafirst versed 282. that the gravitation. as indicated by the barycrite. as the yet operating almost exactly in same direction. as I calculated.000. and Sun were by that time pretty and hence the phenomenon which had so attained a distance from the earth of 160. I had by igh. A short calculation body four hundred times showed tliat. differences so small in proportion to his vast distance of 95. In truth. I had calculated. — — which was not perceptibly affected by miles. /\\ in the next four and a half hours. suggested by the very extravagance of the contradictions.000. Sun was no more perceived than upon the But as I rose. beaiing in forward the Sun's attraction was the as still existed.4S Across the Zoaiac. and so on the Sun's attraction. was exactly double that which. the barycrite was eilected by two separate —that of the Earth and that of the Sun. barycrite contradict the discometer . reduced her influence to one-fourth. and the Earth's attraction diminished in proportion to the square of the distance from her centre which was doubled at 8000 miles. this . the attractions of Earth nearly equal . At first the attraction of the former was so great that that of the Earth's surface. puzzled me. the problem flashed upon me. not perceptibly affecting that of a more remote.

rest. that is. VOL. and if I had. my to I adjusted the helm and betook myself the second day of my journey having already commenced. a little farther than the Moon's farthest distance It did not follow that I from the Earth. the orbit of the had crossed Moon . she w-as at that time too far off to exercise a serious influence on course. the indication of the baryciite substantially agreed with that of the discometer. fact borne in 49 mind. I. and that I was in fact very nearly where I supposed. .Outward Boiind.

The failure I ascribed naturally to the of gravity known connection between the action of the sap . I should. I entail was not wholly unprepared. was a sensible annoyance an annoyance which would have become an insuperable trouble had I not taken so much pains.— ( 50 ) CHAPTER III. for which. failing altogether. to keep the internal temperature. dry as the latter had been kept. I observed a drooping in the leaves of my garden. I in my own had hoped that this would not seriously affect I was afraid to try the effect of more liberal vegetation. though I had more hope of acclimatising seedlings raised from the seed I carried with life me than plants which had actually begun their on the surface of the Earth. but which might some inconvenience if. EisiNG at 511. as I had experienced no analogous inconvenience person. by directing the thermic currents upon the walls. they should cease to absorb the gases generated from buried Bewaste. sides this. in so far as comfort would permit — . watering. to consume which they had been planted. THE UNTRA VELLED DEEP. lose the opportunity of transplanting them to Mars. the more so that already the congelation of moisture upon the glasses from the internal air. and especially of the larger sbrubs and plants.. of course. and the circulation thougli.

The inner surface of the windows was somewhat colder. not constantly.The Untravelled Deep. and to which I believe I owed it that they had not voyage. or 32° F. I directed current of electricity through these wires a prolonged feeble by which. it 51 had now fallen to 4° C. course. and arranging an apparatus of copper wire beneath the soil. A carethermometer indicated that the metallic surface of the former was now nearly zero C. to sit down to a book. — as near as possible to that and windows. hoping thus to protect the plants from whatever injury they might receive from the cold. It all perished long before the termination of my I to would be mere waste of space and time were attempt anything like a journal of the weeks I spent As matter of voyage through space is in general greater than that of a voyage across an ocean in the solitude of this artificial planet. as I had hoped rather . perceiving that the drooping still continued. therefore. I resolved upon another experiment. the monotony of a like the Atlantic. the plants wxre after a time materially beneJEited. or even . than expected. was difficult. if where no islands and few shijis are to was necessary to be very frequently. of the inner surface of the walls ful use of the I directed a current from the thermogene upon either division of the garden. and massive interior of concrete. their outer and inner lining of metal. showing that the crystal was more pervious to heat than the walls. be encountered. so as to bring the extremities in immediate contact with their roots. Somewhat later. on the look-out for possible incidents It It to of interest in a journey so utterly novel through regions which the telescope can but imperfectly exj^lore. with their greater thickness.

infinitely less than is afforded in an ocean voyage by the variations of weather. outlook the dead grey hemisphere of cloud. But in truth the novelties though intensely and interesting. there was no greater occupation to the of the situation. and this once done..Atlantic while of change without or incident in the vessel herself there was. when once its effects had been scrutinised. striking mind in the continuance of strange than in that of familiar scenery. pursue any necessary occupation unconnected with the actual conduct of the vessel. with uninterrupted attention. but scarcely a more interesting than the dead grey circle of sea. the only sense organs I could employ. were constantly on the greater portion of but. such as they were. or absorbing. may seem strange. should be monotonous. which form the prospect from the deck of a packet in mid. Everything around me. That a journey so utterly without precedent or parallel. filled as it The infinitude of surrounding blackof light were with points more or less brilliant. exhausted. so to speak. and when nothing more remained to be noted. except in the one direction in which the still obscured the Sun. My eyes. remained unchanged and days. were each in turn speedily examined. in for. of course. realised. and. not to mention the solace of human Earth's disc society. by far the my time passed without a single new object or occasion of remark. of course. which so little could be anticipated or provided through regions absolutely untraversed and very nearly iinknoAvn. 52 Across the Zodiac. ness. alert . and the management of my machinery required no more than an occasional observation of my instruments and a change in the position of the for hours . afforded cer- tainly a more agreeable.

53 helm. to 4h.. But of course sleep and everydecided to divide thing else. since. to all a position free from the difficulties inflicted on terres- astronomers by the atmosphere. it was impossible for me to enjoy that term of unbroken slumber. I should bore my readers even more than they will perhaps be surprised by the confession I was bored myself. to be taken as a rule after noon and after midnight.. or rather. must give it way to the chances of observation would be better to remain awake for forty-eight hours at a stretch than to. At which trial 8h. There was not sun and stars. of even the change of night and day. though seven of continuous sleep might well have sufficed me. I therefore — — my sleep into two portions of rather more than four hours each. even if my brain had been less quiet and unexcited during the rest of the twenty-four. except the necessary management of the machine. from I may my window telescope. I employed call for the first time the apparatus observe. I wished to have eight hours of rest. I ascertained by the barycrite and the discometer my . the absence of atmospheric disturbance and diffusion of light was of extreme advantage. of cloud or clear sky. miss any important phenomenon the period of whose occurrence could be even remotely calculated. In the first place. As I had anticipated. the celestial objects within my survey. which occupied but a few minutes some half- dozen times in the twenty-four hours. to i6h. The Untravellcd Deep. Were I to describe the manner in which each day's leisure was spent. My sleep was of necessity more or less broken. and from 2411. since noon and midnight had no meaning for me. from I2h.

less white than they appeared from the Earth. In truth. from the nature of the lens through which I looked. espe- cially when.54 Across the Zodiac. I should say that the various disadvantages due to the atmosphere deprive the astro- nomer of at least one-half of the available light-collect- ing power of his telescope. the Earth. with greater magnifjdng powers than I employed. situated in space though. being too near what may be called my zenith. I thought. to differ- ing almost as widely from the orange hue of what I supposed water. thought. new object of interest on the very small portion of her daylight hemisphere turned towards Mars was somewhat difficult to observe. and consequently of the defining power of the eye-piece . which appeared to be about 1 20 terrestrial radii. upon nie. The light of the halo was of I first course very it. The Moon presented an exquisitely but no thread of light. deeper than it appears through a telescope of similar power on Earth. But the markings were far more distinct than they appear. distance from the Earth. that with a 200 glass he sees less than a power of 100 reveals to an eye . by covering the greater part of the field. I cannot speak with certainty upon polar spots of With a magnifying power of 300 the Mars were distinctly visible and perfectly defined. I contrived for a moment to observe a sea alone. much narrower than when observed and its scintillations or coruscations no longer disfine tinctly visible. The seas were distinctly grey rather than blue. thus eliminating the effect of contrast. The bauds of Jupiter . They were. different from that of the planet's general surface. be land as from the greyish blue of the I The orange was. but their colour was notably this point.

some tenth of a second partially visible. Moreover. some little time of a apparently of the tenth magnitude. I will not venture to say. What for was still more novel was the occultation star. more notably distinct tlieir variety of colour as well as the contrast of light more able. A satellite and their irregularities was approaching the and shade much more unmistakdisc. definite. its outline visible against the black became perfectly background of sky. and the extinguished. were also perfectly visible. with a dis- . in their turn were 55 . the division between the two latter.The Untravelled Deep. that the outer edge passed off the disc of Jupiter. as I thought at the it remained for seven satellites. passing after a time on to a light band. not satellite. I was able to discs distinguish upon one itself. however. or whether. This wonderfully clear presentation of one of the most interesting of astronomical phenomena so absorbed my attention that I watched the satellite and shadow dur- ing their whole course. became comparatively indistinct. by the planet but by the almost immediately after it passed off the disc of the former. of the darker bands the disc its of the satellite blaclv while upon a lighter band at the round shadow was same time perfectly defined. as if instantaneously moment. The two were perfectly rounded and separately discernible until they touched. though the former. and this afforded me an opportunity of realising with especial clearness the difference between observation throu<:rh seventy or a hundred miles of terrestrial atmosphere outside the object glass and observation in space. Saturn. as if refracted by an atmosphere belongmg to the satelThe bands and rings of lite. The moment. Whether the star actually disappeared at once.

(or 5 p. or. from the first been falling slightly behind the Earth in her orbital motion. Astronaut to the Earth's centre was no longer a pro* In 1830 or thereabouts. apart from the polar compression. I observed the discometer at I7h. though not broken by projection or indentation. and was no longer exactly in opposition that is to say. so to speak. was better defined than I had previously seen it. midday rest. semi-transparent. of course. Ed. between the inner ring and the planet.m. . Also.). so that through bright surface of Saturn might a veih the be discerned as through the halo surrounding the Earth's black disc Mercury shone brightly several degrees outside and Venus . was perplexed hy two know. I liitherto* peculiarities. with a power of 500. I discerned what appeared to be a dark it purplish ring. I had. . but no marking of any kind was perceptible. so far as I Tlie cir- mentioned hy astronomers. cumference did not appear to present an even curvature. and having busied myself for some little time with what I may call my household and garden duties. was also visible but in neither case did my observa- tions allow me to ascertain anything that has not been The dim form of Uranus already noted by astronomers. It indicated about two hundred terrestrial radii of elevation. the shape seemed so that as if the spheroid were irregularly squeezed. not present the regular quasi-circular the focus of the limb did curvature exhibited in our telescopes. Eising from my second. a line drawn from the . not. mean that.— 56 tinctness that a Across the Zodiac. much greater magnifying power would I hardly have attained under terrestrial conditions.

which at mistook for one of those scintillations that had of become scarcely discernible. and then what looked like a mere thread. had been turned I saw through the telescope first a tiny solar crescent of intense brightness. while on the other side it was narrow and comparatively faint. when such a minute silver terrestrial crescent. I watched long and with intense interest the gradual change. but was well worth watching. It was but a minute and narrow crescent. atmosphere that produced but chieflv to the twilight . and I perceived that the edge of the Sun's disc had come at last into view. but a shorter than portion of her illuminated surface Earth. it is turned towards the is utterly extinguished to our eyes by the immediate vicinity of the Sun. The effect of this divergence was now perceptible. but . he was below the horizon. now exceedingly narrow. since. The earthly corona was unequal in width. as was soon the case with the terrestrial crescent in question. but a very towards me. not to the Sun's effect upon the it. I thought that I could perceive behind or through the widest portion of the halo a white light. 57 longation of that joining the centres of the Earth and Sun. finer and any that the Moon ever displays even to telescopic observers on Earth. While watching this phenomenon through the lower lens. where.The Unt ravelled Deep. now brightening on that limb of the Earth's disc or rather to the fact that a small portion of that part of the Earth's surface. then the halo proper. and to the westward was very distinctly brightened. little if the Sun were not visible. But after a time it extended visibly beyond the boundary of the halo itself. The brightening and broadening of the halo at this point I perfirst I late ceived to be due.

000. I must now be moving at a rate of nearly. of course. movement. Even the difference force attached to the between 200 and 201 radii of elevation or apogaic distance was not easily perceptible on either.or 275 terrestrial radii. By midnight. and which could not be conveniently or easily diminished when once reached. however. as otherwise before its reduction could take effect I should have attained an impulse greater than fore. forty- or forty-two thousand miles in the course of one hour made scarcely any difference in the diameter of the Earth's disc. ever greatly to exceed this rate . 40. increasing. away from it by a consideration of no little moment.000 miles ( 1 1 1radii) per hour. Quitting. and was occupied for some two or three hours in gradually as measured by the cratometer downward conductor. if I meant to limit myself was time to diminish the to a fixed rate force of the apergic current. or about a million miles per diem. liowever. and it of speed. if not quite. I could better satisfy myself at the end of my four hours' rest. It was not my intention. and measuring with extreme care the very minute effect produced upon the barycrite and the discometer. in the gravity. also that my speed was not greater than 45. still less. for reasons above given.000 miles.58 I was called practical Across the Zodiac. . I thought. aud M-as not. much more minute observation and a much longer time to test the effect produced by the regulation of the five. to which I now betook myself. Of this last point. I my observation of the pheno- mena below me.000 miles an hour. there- though reluctantly. I desired. for reasons I shall presently explain. reducing the turned to the apergion. It took. I was satisfied that I had not attained quite 1. since whether I travelled forty.

this. it might be a less distant body of meteors clustering densely in some particular part of their orbit and. there was a visible concentration in one but this did not occupy the centre. felt satisfied was not far out in my calculations. A later hour. which showed an apparent distance of 360 terrestrial radii. would afford a to turn again to more absolute the floor.. It was ance very closely resembling that of a star cluster or nebula just beyond the power of resolution. but not its form. unfortunately. . I was not likely to solve the problem. nebula changed to its position. certainty. and on a scrutiny of the inthat I struments. Gradually the . I turned again somewhat eagerly to the discometer. of something like a whitish cloud visible through the upper window on telescope. and consequently a movement which had not materially varied from the rate of \\\ radii per hour. but a position more resembling that of the nucleus of a small tailless comet. the time that I was satisfied of faintness hunger and even warned me that I must not delay preparing When I had finished this meal and fulfilled some necessary tasks. By as I were passing it without approaching nearer. its my left Examined by the widest diameter might be at most ten faintly luminous. As in many part . was about the interesting work of observation through the lens in when my attention was diverted by the sight hand. seeming move downwards and towards if the stern of my vessel. presenting an appear- degrees. the hand of the chronometer indicated the eighth hour of my third day. I 59 woke about 4li.The Untravelled Deep. practical and arithmetical. 30m. nebulae. The cloudlet might be a distant comet. I however. By this time the diameter of the Earth was my breakfast.

though as The sun now shone through reflected various windows. behind her. 19'. the one motion due to my deliberately chosen direction in space. the other to the fact that as my orbit enlarged I yet slowly. though very slowly. She was moving. I should have to devote some days to a gradual upon Mars. I wished to reach Mars at the moment of opposition. but on the whole " in opposition. tlie was falling. The halo had of course completely disappeared the vernier line of it but with was possible to discern a narrow band or hazy grey around the black limb of the planet. and she consequently appeared as a black disc covering somewhat more than one-third of his entire surface. .6o Across the Zodiac. as seeu from the Astronaut. But between these two periods I had comparatively little to do with either planet. and. and during the whole of the journey to keep the Earth between descent . strangely contrasting the star-spangled darkness outside. as well diffused as by the atmosphere of Earth. maintained a continuous daylight within the Astronaut. exactly reversing the process of my ascent from the Earth. but by no means concentrical. I steered a distinct course." or right away from the Sun. less tlian not larger in appearance than about two- thirds that of the Sun. and its direction and rate being uniform. governed quite different from those which controlled the direction of straight by considerations main had simply risen my voyage. and more decidedly. very slightly to the north. at the conclusion of my journey. At the beginning as at the end of my voyage. So. to the eastward . Thus far I from the Earth in a direction somewhat to the southward. from tlie walls. my course being governed by the Sun.

for a reason which first 6 may not at be obvious. was gaining on Mars. I gained on him her. between the point opposite by the Earth when I started and the point of opposition the entire distance I had to gain was about 116 millions as measured along his path entire arc of his orbit to that occupied The — — of miles . and was falling behind I used the apergy only to drive me directly outward from the Sun. the millions of miles apart. necessarily that at The moment of opposition is not which Mars is nearest to the Earth.600. much as if the on one midway between this orbit those of the Earth and Mars. as aforesaid). and also at travelling on an interior or smaller orbit. moving at the Earth's rate under an impulse (that due to her rotation on her own axis having been got rid of.1 The Untravelled Deep. The effect of the constantly widening orbit would be whole motion took place from the Sun. a greater absolute speed. I should be critical moment. in the direc- tion common to the two planets.000 miles a day. say 120 millions of miles The arc described on would be equivalent to 86 millions of miles on that of Mars. trusting to the terrestrial impulse alone. derived from the Earth's revolution round the The Sun Astronaut. so that. travelled in an orbit constantly widening. according to the received measurement of planetary distances. while gaining on Mars. less Had than did the Earth. or 72 millions of miles in forty-five days. for but is suflficiently so practical calculation. some 30 millions behindhand at the The apergic force must make up for . two would be more than 40 In the meantime the Earth. myself and the Sun. At that moment. so that. I should move under the impulse derived from the Earth about 1.

as I might from time to time . If I succeeded in this. at right angles M'ith that of the orbit. and should attain himself.62 Across the Zodiac. In order to secure a chance of retreat. By a very simple calculation. that my progress and course would be due. while driving me in a direction. able gradually to it. but it would suffice to determine. while moving at full speed it away from me. so to speak. he would be most nearly opposite the Sun. or along its radius. would It was by these cross the meridian at midnight. forty odd millions of miles in the same time. But in this I might fail. but to a combination of that first current with the orbital impulse received at from the Earth. be to the apergic current alone. I should reach the orbit of Mars at the point Mars and at the moment of opposition. . this loss of ground. was desirable as long as possible to keep the Earth between the Astronaut and the Sun while steeriucr for that point in sjjace where Mars would lie at the . straight outward from the Sun. moment when. any direction away from should but hardly able far out to overtake a planet that lie of my line of advance or retreat. based on the familiar principle of the parallelogram of forces. I gave to the apergic current a force and direction equivalent to a daily motion of about 750. considerations that the course I henceforward steered — was determined. able indeed to resist it. and rather more than a million in the I need hardly observe that it would not radial line. The latter was the stronger influence the former only was under my control. as seen from the centre of the Earth. and I should then find myself under the sole influence of the Sun's attraction steer in .000 miles in the orbital.

at the time when I should come into a line with him and the Sun his orbit. to find out any such danger in time to avert it. and does not all directions. I hoped for a moment Our that this change in the action of the force would settle a problem we had never been able to determine. radiate. not to the distance. again. which surface is proportionate to the square of that causes these forces to operate with an energy inversely proportionate. point too soon or too my culations failing or being upset. The displacement of the Earth on the Sun's face and verification of my " proved it to be necessary that the apergic current should be directed against the latter in order to govern my course as I desired. tion. however. and my entire experi. experiments proved that apergy acts in a straight line when once collected in and directed along a conductor. The onlycal- obvious risk of failure lay in the chance that. behind him or before him when I attained But I trusted to daily observation of his posi- dead reckoning " thereby. In either case. the resultant 6o of the combination. . ence has satisfied me that it is correct. would be at all diminished by distance and this view the rate of acceleration as I rose from the Earth had confirmed. Xone of our experiments. putting the same mischance in another form. or. or could well indi- . from a centre in It is of course this radiation — diffusing the effect of light. like other forces. had indicated. beyond his orbit or within it. I should be dangerously far from Mars.The Untravelled Deep. I might reach the desired late. desire. heat. and to recover the ground I had lost in respect to the orbital motion. the radius — exempt as it is from this law. but to its square. or gravity over the surface of a sphere. We had no reason to think that apergy.

On on the sixth day. it might take so long a time in reaching the Sun that the interval between the movement of the helm and the response of the Astronaut's course thereto might afford some indication of the time occupied by the current in traversing the 96J millions of miles which parted me from the Sun. that if the current had ing. and occasion in a more promising direction. At the close of the third day I had gained. from gradual movement. I perceived another nebula. something more than two millions of miles in a direct line from the Sun and for the future I might. been hitherto wholly intercepted by the Earth. at wliat rate this force nor had I yet obtained any light upon this point. 64 Ao'oss the Zodiac.. however. the force would move so instantaneously that no trace of the interruption would be perceptible in the motion of the Astronaut. nor that it was otherwise. to lie almost . as was indicated by the instruments. I could neither be sure that the action was instantaneous. can travel tlirough space cate. the apergic force alone —a gain in a line directly out- ward from the Sun I shall not record of about one million. was wholly disappointed. I was not five hundred Over so small a distance as that. From the very first the current had been continuous. however. except where they implied an unexpected or altered result. Henceforward my observations. its this It appeared. the only interruption taking place when miles from the Earth's surface. Even now the total interrup- tion of the action of apergy for a considerable time would not affect the rate at which I was already movIt was possible. reckon on a steady progress of about one and a quarter million miles daily under . My hope. and did.

that. At this distance the nature of the cloudlet was imperceptible to the naked eye. of light less brilliant than the stars. through the other windows were constantly widening out till lost I.The Untravelled Deep. the distance In the meantime. of a multitude of points between which became constantly wider. exactly in 65 pected. . so that the case of the former nebula. In a few hours the nebula immediately so changed form and position. it extended downwards and in Presently it came view through the metacompass. and it would surely explain what had perplexed and baffled me in my course. as I had supposed former case. bow its central section was invisible but the extremities of that part which I had seen in the first instance through the upper plane window of the bow were now clearly visible from the upper windows of either side. but did not obscure in the least the image of the stars which were then in the visible in the I very soon ascertained that the cloudlet consisted. with a species of rapidly diminishing tail at each extremity. . narrowing rapidly as sternwards. being over the portion of the roof between the front or lens and that in the centre of the roof. What had at first been a mere greatly elongated oval. I must pass either near or through it. the extremities visible in the spangled darkness. upper lens. By and E by. it VOL. and were not at if it were what I susany great distance from me. had now become au arc spanning no inconsiderable part of the space above me. but which for some time were separately so small as to present no disc that any magnifying power at my command could render measurable. The window telescope was not adjustable view of the its to an object which I could not bring conveniently within the field of lenses.

and to the Earth's contact with or approach to which they ascribe the showers of falling stars visible in after August and November. Fortunately for me. I passed so nearly through the centre of the aggregation that its attraction as a whole was nearly inoperative. to distinguish . that the diameters of the nearest ranged from ten inches to two hundred feet. passed were pretty evenly distributed first and as from which passed my window disappearance of the last four hours elapsed. impossible. anything like was accurate measurement was to test the distance equally out of the question but my opinion is. presenting at many places on the surface distinct traces of metallic veins or blotches. the meteors in that part the appearance of the to the the ring thvough which I . of So far as I could judge. lute size could be judged by the marks upon This was a rock-like mass. . Ere long. Where . became impossible with the naked eye after this the nearest the individual points from the smaller stars and shortly I began to present discs of ap- preciable size but somewhat irregular shape. rudely ovoid in form. at distances varying probably from yards to five thousand miles. rings to had now of no doubt that I was about to pass through one believe exist those meteoric astronomers which our most advanced in immense numbers throughout space.66 Across the Zodiac. one five another of these bodies passed rapidly before my sight. one or two of which reflected the light much more brilliantly than others. but with a number of broken surfaces. One only passed so near that its absoits face. The weight of this one meteoroid was too insignificant as compared with that of the Astronaut seriously to disturb my course.

which. from their direction and else. its very minute indications confirmed those of the discometer. and probably the perpendicular depth was about the same. the Earth off the face of the Sun. was not the case. though somcAvhat out of place. after much thought and . he nearly in the diameter of their which seemed to orbit.000 miles. however. So far as the barycrite could be trusted. mea- sured in the direction of my path. looking through the telescope adjusted to the lens on after this the . the Sun's disc ought to tlie have diminished in the proportion of 95 to 125. general result it came to this. I discerned two very minute and bright crescents. actually gave But if my speed had increased. I 67 conceived tliat the diameter of the congeries. or I had over347. to avoid interrupting the narrative of my descent upon Mars. indeed could hardly be anything Towards the turbed by the diifferent thirtieth day of my voyage I was dis- conflicting indications obtained from instruments and separate observations. Mars should have been larger in equal proportion. This. was about 180. and I had no reason to think it otherwise. Supposing my reckoning to be right. The where should have indicated a distance of 333. whereas diminution was in the proportion of 92 to 122. I may mention here. except the indication of the discometer. were and Moon. that the discometer. certainly those of the Earth position. estimated the loss by changes of direction.The Uiitravc lied Deep. that side. and the only conclusion I could draw. the only interesting incident that occurred during the latter days of my journey — the gradual passage of For some little time Earth was entirely invisible but later.

Mars consequently would be less. and this disof my speed. ther behind the one I aimed at. a propor- more than while it 95. and at a point behind that occupied by the planet. though not very confidently. of course. I should arrive at the orbit of Mars some days earlier than intended. with a speed of 45. accepted. tionate diminution in the distance I had to traverse. of many intricate calculations.68 Across tJie Zodiac. of course. and yet farspeed. all is an over-estimate. smaller. instead of This would involve. I had. and that.000 miles per hour. that I did not my course accordingly. I This would not prevail had come within a little the surface. Hence. did not imply an equal error in the reckoning of my which had at first been calculated from the Earth's disc. and then direct- . to prepare for the descent very long before I should come within the direct influence of the attraction of Mars. but also his distance considerably posed. consequently. continuing my course unchanged. was that the distance by 95 millions of miles between the Earth and the Sun. and to prepare of tlie forty- on the thirty-ninth instead day. I finally less than I had sup- concluded that the solar distance of the Earth was than 92 millions of miles. Prolonged observation and careful calculation had hesitate to alter for a descent first so fully satisfied me of the necessity of the corrections in question. all terrestrial astronomers. over the Sun's attraction till I more than ico. the other distances of the solar system have been equally overrated. and not from that of the Sun.ooo miles of tance would not allow for material reduction the apergic current against the planet. even were I at once to direct the whole force of estimated that arriving within some two millions of miles of him.

parallel to that of the Earth It in which case I should was conceivable that I might. and — — certainly to xible. perhaps tlie only grave one. 69 ing the whole force of the current in his direction. On the other hand. Of this. the tremendous power of the apergy having been so fully proved that I believed that nothing but some disabling accident to myself such as was hardly to be feared in the absence of gravitation. or at least probable. in attempting to avert this fate. or on the other hand. that I could spare force enough to I knew miscalculation possible. planet. be dashed to pieces upon the surface of Mars. for If I make up should fail to come near enough to the goal of if. any Of course any serious error might be fatal. cient force to avert it. my imagination it The idea of perishing of was much the most terwant in the infinite solitude of space. fall upon the Sun. then. however. to employ in time a suffiThe first of these perils. failing properly to calculate the rate of descent. and being whirled round for ever the . when I became aware of the danger. and with the extreme simplicity of the machinery I employed could prevent my being able. requiring a combination of accidents very unlikely to occur.The Untravelled Deep. I was exposed to two dangers. I should arrive at his surface at a speed nearly equal to that at wliich I had ascended from the Earth. I had very little fear. and yet should go on into space. mv journey. I should stop short. though this seemed exceedingly improbable. pursuing an orbit nearly . the Astronaut might become an independent perish of starvation. I might by possibility attain my point. perhaps to three: but to none which I had not fully estimated before even preparing for my voya<Te. and yet. was the graver one.

tlian grotesque. to direct the proceeded without hesitation to whole force of the current permitted emerge from the apergion directly against the centre of His diameter increased with great rapidity. equatorial sea. . . tended about telescope. so far as I could calculate by the respective direction and size the Sun and of Mars. surface the former in having unmistakably air and water. In the midst of the . Around the snowaround this. as seen from this point. The most striking feature new world. cap of each pole was a belt of water and outside again. nearly all of them land-locked. it Examined through the It presented a very different appearance from that either of the Earth or of her satellite. unlike the Earth. South of the latter is the one great of this Martial ocean. I was within about 1. forming the northern and southern boundary between the arctic and temperate zones.000 I miles from the latter. its seemed to be land and. (lead denizen of a planet had in it something even more awful On of the thirty-ninth morning of my voyage.JO Across the Zodiac. or.900. till at the end of the lirst day I found myself within one million of miles of his surface. His diameter sub- . resembled But. w'as the existence of three enormous gulfs. a broader belt of continuous land this. and apparently varying in breadth from one hundred to seven hundred miles. it presented a number of separate seas. connected apparently in one or two places with the central. was another broader band of water. one hundred feet in diameter. if one may so call it. from tliree to five thousand miles in length. tlie planet. 15'. the greater portion of . instead of continents surrounded by water.and his disc appeared about one- fourth the size of the Moon.

was perfectly white —scarcely less brilliant. than an equal area of the polar The globe. is a. as I descended. It was plain. therefore. its and. As magnified by the telescope adjusted to the upper lens. I speak of de- course. it became possible . indeed. as I subseIts surface. icefields. that those regions in which it was late evening or early morning were hidden from view and. revolved in some 24I hours of earthly time. presented successively every part of scent. while Mars was now seen through the upper floor. within 15° or an hour of time from either. stands very high. But seemed highly improbable and that mist or cloud was the true explanation became more and more apparent as. perhaps. I was as yet ascending just as truly as ever. it might have been .i It is island of unique appearance. of course. but yi somewhat to tlie soutliward. compass. consequently. above the sea-level. with a nearer approach. and.The Untravelled Deep. the the Sun being visible through the lens in upon the mirror of the discometer. Had the whitish light covered the land alone. as I perceived in descending. but. however. independently of the whitish light reflected from them. roughly circular. of its surface to my view. and reflected lens. quently ascertained. table-like summit being some 4000 feet. there could be little doubt that the obscuration was due to clouds or mists. or. principal ocean. this last . the distinctions of sea and land dis- appeared from the eastern and western limbs of the planet. even to a very severe hoar frost congealing a dense moisture. and his image received in the mirror of the metaA noteworthy feature in the meteorology of the planet became apparent during the second day of the descent. attributed to a snowfall.

to come any part of my descent very near the Astronaut. I was about 500. the micrometer verifying. quently beyond the distance at which his attraction would predominate over that surprise. whether ten. the of Mars' attraction. in the course of this discs. neither of them being at likely. moving at a rate which rendered measurement impossible. for measurement. there could be no doubt. and conseof the Sun.000 miles from Mars. twenty. or fifty miles in diameter I could not say .000 miles from Mars. became decidedly predominant over that of the Sun. too That they were Martial moons. movement carrying them across the fast even with the lowest power of my telescopes. At 24I1. my calculated rate of approach. however. dimly a broad expanse of water contrasting the orange tinge of the land through this annular veil. and the rapidity of their field. and so small that their non-discovery by terrestrial telescopes was not extraordinary. but evidently very much smaller than any satellite with which astronomers are acquainted. to sleep in security. which had for some time position so disturbed the Astronaut field of as to take his disc completely out of the the meta- compass. On the next day I was able and to devote my attention to the its observation of the planet's surface. on the second day of the descent. oh. for at close I should be still 125.72 to discern Across the Zodiac. About effect I on the the last day of of the descent. by the increased angle subtended by the diameter. current I had to to change the direction of the apergic left-hand first the conductor. so far as I could calculate. They were evidently very minute. and after- . To my great day I discerned two small one on each side of the planet.

of this During the whole find that I day it should sleep for a minute. immediate action would be necessary to prevent a shipwreck. I wished. I was. and to enjoy rest during such part of the twelve hours of the Martial night as should not be employed in setting order and preparing to evacuate it. 73 wards. since both the cold and the thinness of the so as not to step too suddenly air might in such a place be fatal. bringing the planet immediately below it. from a dense into what was probably a very light one. did not exactly suit me. approaching Mars on the daylight the centre. to the downward one. yet not within easy reach a simple matter to watch the dark from otherwise would have been my opportunity and descend in my first landing-place by the same means rest of by which I had made the my voyage. more especially should he be inhabited. not out of reach. At the same time it would not do to choose the highest point of a very lofty range. . my policy to land at some point where the Sun was setting. of course. and nearly in This. or any other unforeseen accident should occur. my vessel in I should have to ascertain exactly the pressure of the Martial atmosphere. since if was impossible that I at any point I should had miscalculated my rate of descent. as the greater weight of the floor turned the Astronaut completely over. If possible. I intended to land upon the summit of a mountain. It was very likely if that I should be equally unable to sleep during the first twenty-four hours of my sojourn upon Mars. so high as to be untenanted and of difficult access. side. and. of course. and should my descent be observed. which must without doubt be fatal. however.The Utitravelled Deep. if it to leave the Astronaut secure. It was. therefore. .

What. as I thought. so in it common in our flowers. and call. and but a few degrees from the equator itself. and only parts of the disc were visible at once. I perceived at last a point which appeared peculiarly suitable for my descent. of the surface. snow-white. apparently having an average height of about 14. upon Mars the polar caps are rather cream-white. however. however. they were yet to a great extent feature in his celestial appearance. As I came still lower.74 Across the Zodiac. leaving.000 feet. that whereas on Earth the snow is of that white which we consider absolute. a world. that orange must be as much the predominant colour of vegetation as green upon Earth. I At was witliin 8000 miles distinctly as colour. and could observe Mars The no longer as a star. but which really has in it a very slight preponderance of blue. this conviction was more and more strongly impressed upon my mind. which has an equally slight tinge of yellow. as such. and so remarkable a was almost equally The seas perceptible at this moderate elevation. was beyond denial was. that if the polar ice and snow were not so purely and distinctly white as they appear at a distance upon Earth. indicating. . and these through the side and end windows. devoid of the yellow tinge that preponderated every- where else. or of that white. The most that could be said was. Masses of land are not so much blue as grey. A very long range of mountains. stretched for several hundred miles along the coast. On the shore. i8h. or about twenty miles from the shore of the principal sea to the southward of the equator. reflected a light between yellow and orange. with some peaks of probably twice or three times that altitude.

its height and the character of summit satisfied me that no one was likely to inhabit and that though I might descend it in a few hours. there and as might well be houses and buildings. appeared to present a surface sufficiently broken and sloped to permit of descent '. Before I had satisfied myself whether the planet was or was not inhabited. same time. I found myself in a position from its general surface was veiled by the evening and directly over the mountain in question. The sunset.TJic Uiztravelled Deep. Towards this I directed my course. . of a bird's-eye character. But my view being essentially it was only in those parts that . and quite detached from it. by reason of the mists. after tlie Sun had disappeared below the horizon. therefore. so far as I could judge. was totally invisible. lay upon my horizon that I could discern clearly the height of any object above the general level yet. landed without a shock about half an hour. however. stood an isolated mountain of peculiar form. I made out by degrees the lines of rivers. to ascend it on foot from the plain would be a day's journey. seemingly carpeted by a low. extensive valleys and plains. 75 it and the actual shore-line an alluvial plain of some twenty to fifty miles across. within some twelve miles of its summit. dense. looking out from time to time carefully for any symptoms of human habitation or animal life. This distance I descended in the course of a quarter of an hour. as I examined it between through the telescope. and which mist. At the extremity of this range. mountain slopes covered by great forests. which I could not see. rich vegetation. which. at the its it. while. cultivated fields and divisions.

but even to know that it had been achieved by others. in man of science my eyes that made I satisfaction. unworthy of the highest lessons I had received. and landed in a new world.( 76 ) CHAPTER A I IV. had in itself a charm. They might be greater in degree^ . but in very truth and fact. But this enterprise. the greatest that man had ever attempted. I had traversed forty million miles of space. daring and which any courageous traveller or knowing what I knew might well have excelled me. to express the WILL not attempt intensity of the as I realised the mingled emotions wliicli overcame me complete success of the most stupendous adventure ever proposed or even dreamed by man. I don't think that any personal vanity. a sanctity in skill. The conception was not original. as often before. in dreams. than on the direct and manifest favour of Providence. Of the perils that might await me I could hardly care to think. its accomplishment an unspeakable would have laid down life a dozen times it not only to achieve myself. NEW WO K L D. the means were furnished by others the execution depended less on a . All that Columbus can have felt when he first set foot on a new hemisphere I felt in tenfold force as I assured myself that not. had much share in my passionate exultation.

and substituted the sliding valve I had arranged for the purpose. and. of the Martial meridian woke I lay. 'jy they could hardly be other in kind. resort- ing for the time in many "When years to the stimulus of brandy for the one purpose. strange. dense enough to sustain life like mine ? I extracted the plug from the tubular aperture through which I had pumped in the extra quantity of air that the Astronaut contained. incalculable character which sometimes had given to the chances of my etherial voyage a vague horror and mystery that appalled imagination. after midnight on which Sleep had given me an appetite for breakfast. Did ? it contain the oxygen essential to Telluit.West Passage. rian lungs Was if capable of respiration. time during my journey I I could neither might soon meet with difficulties and dangers that would demand all the resources of perfect physical and mental condition. about 5h. heavy calls on the utmost powers first of nerve and muscle. For the first . therefore.A traveller Nezv World. than those which a the North. and much more utterly strange. with a small hole which. or in They could liave none of that wholly novel. it was 8h. I forced myself. or Central Africa. and necessary practical to to employment calmed the excitement natural My first care. to sup and to slumber. after making ready tion. the wildest of the yet unknown than unexplored deserts of the Earth. by adjustment to the . was to ascertain the character of the atmosphere which I was presently to breathe. might incur in Papua. by my chronometer. with eat nor sleep yet I must do both. and to the aid of authypI notism for the other. as I inferred. safe to venture into scenes so my situaquit the it Astronaut as soon as the light around should render unfamiliar.

Chemical tests showed the presence of oxygen in somewhat greater proportion than in the purest It would sustain life. and the at pleasure. For this purpose I unrigged air-pump apparatus. than what it is on Earth the total mass of the planet is as two to fif leen. leaving an aperture about the twen- was and loudest I had ever heard the dense compressed atmosphere of the Astronaut rushing out with a force which actually created a draught through the whole vessel. showed that the external atmosphere was very thin indeed.000 feet on Earth. would be far less than on the Eigging the air-pump securely round heavier planet. fore.78 tube. tremendous outward pressure of the air. and almost. and permitting the aperture. would give the means of regulating the air-passage The difficulty of this simple work. anticipated. It was consequently to be expected that the extent of the Martial atmosphere. I determined then gradually to diminish the density of the internal atmosphere to something not very greater than that outside. Across the Zodiac. and its density even at the sea-level. tlie much quite. The silence instantly broken by a whistle the shrillest . thereair of terrestrial mountains. which roughed their feathers and fluttered about in dismay. to the great discomfiture of the birds. and without serious injury. exhausting its chamber. with astonishing rapidity. I was glad to liiid a pressure equal to that which prevails at a height of 16. half This I had is less Gravity on the surface of Mars . the Martial air to fill it. and in a few minutes indicated about 24baro- . The pressure gauge fell tieth part of diameter. despite the minuteness of the aperture. if the change from a dense to a light atmosphere were not too suddenly made. but not an inch in closed the valve.

and then commenced my experiment by taking out a strong. repelled the thrust of a and showed no mark of three carbine Over this I wore a suit of grey broadcloth. however.winged cuckoo and throwing him downwards over the like a stone .A metrical inches. and a pair of strong boots over woollen socks. and dismissing the birds. I Nciv World. . and prepared for my on exit. As the mist was gradually dissolving. A concealed everything. prepared for cold and damp as well as for the heat of a sun shining perpendicularly through an Alpine atmosphere. whereon the vessel rested. I now ventured to begin my descent. weaker and smaller of my birds in portable cages. at least as far as my eye could reach. 79 then checked the exit of the air for I a time. on the fourth a steep slope promised a practicable path. at about 17 inches. I had the pleasure of seeing that he had spread his wings. and was able to sustain himself. which had turned the edge of Mahratta tulwars.vesture I put a mail-shirt of fine close-woven wire. pressure wuthin and without. carrying my bird-cages. bullets fired point-blank. He fell at first almost but before he was quite lost to sight in the mist. before the first beams of dawn shone upward on the ceiling of few minutes later I stepped forth on the platform. some two hundred yards in circumference. On three sides descent was barred by sheer precipices I placed the . persistently clung about me. precipice. The mist immediately around me was fast dispersing five hundred feet below it still the Astronaut. I had nearly equalised the atmospheric Calahrian stiletto. had secured on my back an air-gun . light flannel under. larger several I of which. while I proceeded to loosen the cement around the window by which Over a very had entered.

instead of the brilliant azure of a similar latitude on earth. The vapours which hung around the north-eastern and south-eastern horizon. while in my belt. varied by occasional examples of dull green and white the latter. though not easy. and soon disappeared the weakest. mostly small. sixteen balls in succession without re- loading. however. to present a safe and sufficiently direct descent. . closely analogous to that olive tint which . the flowers generally red. presenting that sort of creamy tinge which I had remarked in the snow. reached a point about looo feet below the summit. The sun was a save. The sky. not much resembling any with which I was acquainted. presented to my eye a vault of pale green. at full hour above the horizon. and the mist was Still I had seen no signs of animal life. however. I had placed a well and often tried two-edged sword. some distance and in rapid motion. The vegetation. two or three swarms of flying insects. trembling and shivering. The scene I now contemplated was exceedingly novel and striking.So arranged to fire Across the Zodiac. The stronger and more courageous flew away downwards. hung about me or perched upon the cages. Here I released and dismissed my birds one by one. till I I found the way practicable. the mountain side seemed deep. where farther progress in the same direction was barred by an abrupt and impassable cleft some hundred feet To the right. was of a yellowish colour. evidently suffering from the thinness of the atmosphere. though dispelled from the . scabbarded in a leathern sheath. almost gone. the effect of contrast often throws over a small portion of clear sky distinguished among the golden and still rose- coloured clouds of a sunset in our temperate zones.

the lowest visible F . but me. exceedingly irregular in level. station. rising to a height above my actual level. this part of the landscape as I descended and therefore took note at this point of the The most prominent object was a presented. less aspect it softened in outline by atmospheric influences. only the higher. guessing the distance at fifty miles. faced the extremity of the range of which this mountain was an outpost and the valley which separated them was not from my present tion of the blue rays . aerial. which I estimated conjecturally at 25. like the whole of the mountain-side I had descended.000. I saw that I should have to turn my back upon farther. were tinged with crimson and gold much deeper than the tints peculiar to an earthly twilight. than those of mountains on Earth. The Sun himself. the highest elevations being I. of On this side of summits were visible to the central peak an apparently continuous double ridge extended to within three miles my VOL. of course. when seen by the naked eye.A New World. perhaps 20. . position visible. wearing gener- warm summer aspect peculiar to Tellurian glass of a rich yellow all I landscapes tint. The summit was decidedly more angular and pointed.000 feet. and celestial. appeared as ally that if bathed in a golden light. was as distinctly golden as our harvest moon and the whole landscape. when seen through It was a natural inference from saw that there takes place in the Martial atmosphere an absorp- which gives to the sunlight a predominant tinge of yellow or orange. The small rocky plateau on which I stood. white peak in the distant sky. Beyond this in the farthest still distance appeared two or three peaks of which. terrestrial. 8i immediate vicinity of the Sun.

A little creature. slightly pointed where it joined the stalk lanceolate or sword-like blades of every size. close herbaceous vegetation. as fine as the none succulent or fleshy \'i3ible. nothing resem- Iding the blades of grass or the bristles of the pine and cedar tribes was My turn path now wound to the steadily downward at a slope of perhaps one in eight along the hillside. beech-leaf. and very few shrubs a sort of square . if they might be so called. Just before reaching this first caught sight of a Martial animal. By the time I turned my birds had deserted me. though 1 saw nothing whatever that at all resembled the grass of similar regions on Earth. chiefly of three shapes : rounded an at the angles. not much bigger than a rabbit. The lower slopes were entirely clothed with yellow or reddish foliage. Between the woods and snow-line lay extensive pastures or meadows. with short projecting fingers oval. the nearer of which were certainly and the more distant must be inferred to be covered with a low. and I was not. inches to four feet in length. bounded from among some yellow . more than 2000 feet point I from the valley below. while my view in front was cut by a sharp cross-jutting ridge immediately this. obliging me to my back off mountains. all before me. None were .82 Across tJie Zodiac. though in many places above this line patches of yellow appeared. Whatas yet I had not passed near anyever foliage I saw — thing that could be called a tree. Tliere appeared to be depressions 3000 feet above me. a line of perpetual snow. and from two . I think. Nearly all were of a dull yellow or copper-red tinge. itself of a sort of sandy-yellow colour. —consisted deciduous distinctly of leaves analogous to those of our trees.

But there were other features of the scene that dispelled all doubt upon this point. what must surely be a road serving also. perhaps. too. Everywhere appeared extensive patches.A New herbage by of a World. On the contrary. in the left. Looking through my . It seemed. each of a single colour. I and quite new landscape burst was looking upon an extensive plain. 83 manner my feet. winding through the p)lain till it was lost at the horizon. its surface was broken by undulations. Immediately to the south-eastward. field-glass. the continuation apparently of a valley of which the mountain range formed the southern limit. windings of the river. and lying in what seemed from this distance a glassy calm. and hopped or sprang kangaroo down the steep slope on my When I turned the ridge. arrangement. I saw. but all so much lower than the point on which I stood that the general effect was that of an almost flat surface. that the plain was cultivated. since it was raised many feet above the level of the stream. in every tint between deep red and yellowish green. To the southward this plain was bounded by the sea. and of human habitation. seemed to be solved. and doubtless far beyond it while from the valley north of the mountain range emerged a broad river. Plain I have called it. And now the question of habitation. a deep arm of the sea ran up into . To eastward and northward the plain extended to the horizon. but I do not mean to imply that it was by any means level. following the . and here and there by hills. and about twenty miles from where I stood. and so distinctly rectangular in form as irresistibly to suggest the idea of artificial. if not human. bathed in the pecuKar light I have tried to describe. as an embankment. a wide upon my sight.

proved to be animals . and in the centre of each was what could hardly be anything but a house. which. in short. as I came on lower ground. cultivating the and taming the brutes to their service. I found at each A tree with step new objects of curiosity and interest. reflected from metallic suritself ]\Iore and on the waters of the bay rafts. Their colours were most various and brilliant. and upon the shores of this lay what was unquestionably a fortifications. Upon the lower slopes of the hill whereon I stood were moving figures. though not apparently more than twelve or fourteen feet high. men.84 Across tJic Zodiac. and in body. if State-offices. I had descended. and scattered at intervals over the entire plain. pro- bably domestic animals. the lords of my soil. and presented none of those signs of watchfulness and alarm which are peculiar to creatures not protected by man from their less destructive enemies. and covering a space sufficient for an European or even American street or square. own planet — but into a civilised world and among a race living under a settled order. And now. and taught to lay aside their dread of man himself. not only into a then. that its city. It had nothing that looked like and even at this distance I could discern streets were of remarkable width. churches. or palaces in Telhirian cities. clustering more closely in the vicinity of the city. since they never ranged very far. seen through the binocular. rode what I could not doubt to be ships or immediately beneath me. with few or no buildings so high as mosques. ideas. of world — ward form. the land. . as faces . were walled enclosures. must resemble in habits. in mind if not their wants. not only into an inhabited world they might differ in outhowever who.

like those of an orange divided across the middle. it Dissecting the fruit completely. 85 dark-yellowish leaves. I gathered. was of rich golden colour. yellow colour and about as large as They were of a an almond kernel. Some ripe. which had a sweet taste and a strong flavour. enclosed entirely in a sort of spongy material. and con- tained one solid kernel of about the size of an almond. a stream of red juice gushed out. bore at the end of drooping twigs large dark -red with a rind something like that of a pomegranate. and about the size of a shaddock or melon. not stature so easily seen among the yellowish leaves. being smaller. but much thinner and rather tough than hard. save for the colour and hardness. about a mile through a grove of such character. but easily separated. the fruit of which. always tending downwards. These seeds were all joined at the centre. and resembling more the inside of roasted maize than As I any other familiar vegetable. emerged entirely from the grove.A New World. I found of the parted by a membrane. the juice expressed from but darker in colour. Having pierced this. dry rind or shell. but found it impossible to break the thin. fruits that. though protected by a somewhat similar rind. not unlike cherries. essentially same nature as the rind. I came upon a . each of which enclosed a seed. very palatable to the taste. I concluded to be less After walking for trees. fruits fruits — just within reach of my hand. without the aid of a knife. I came to another of more varied The most prevalent tree here was of low^er and with leaves of great length and comparatively narrow. taller than most timber trees on Earth. were of a reddish-yellow. One of these. into sixteen segments.

at all events. and presently bounded resembling a withered laurel ' : away . They looked up at me.. Their ears were large and protected by a lap which fell down so as to shelter the interior part of the organ. but marbled M'ith vermilion and cream white. and with all leaping my strength. but somewhat thicker. about a foot in height. On Earth I cer- tainly could not have leaped ]\Iars. At a little distance I saw half-a-dozen animals somewhat resembling antelopes. a vigorous run. and perfectly free from the bitter taste of the bay tribe. somewhat to my own surprise. I Lut since landing on had forgotten the weightless life of the Astroand felt as if on Earth.86 (litcli j-1 cross the Zodiac. I found myself in what was beyond doubt a cultivated field. landed. at first familiar. a full yard on the other side of the ditch. and in colour exactly leaf. dappled with dark red. more metallic and brighter in appearance. about twice as broad as deep. carpeted the soil with broad leaves shaped some- thing like those of the laurel. but which they had not quite lost the power to erect at the approach of a sound that startled them. but on a second glance still more resembling the fabled unicorn. Their skins were cream-coloured. one Tliis crimson-coloured plant. about eight inches in length. therefore. but enjoying great increase and with these sensations had of strength and energy come instinctively an exalted confidence in my physical powers. Having done so. in the single particular from which it deriA' ed its name they had one horn. it . smooth and firm in texture as ivory. afterwards with some surprise. intensely sharp. producing nothing but naut. had. on a . as if my appearance. I took. at first without alarm. They were like the latter. .

otherwise he greatly resembled the fairer families of the Aryan breed. field. unshaven beard. endeavouring to trample I could. of whose vicinity wider than in our race . eight or nine inches in height. and their abnormally large udders suggested that they were domestic creatures kept for their milk. The leaves had been grazed. frightening tliem. Xot being little as little able to see a path through the I went straight forward. . but the stems were seldom or never broken. as everything unusual frightens even those domestic animals on Earth best acquainted with man and most accustomed to his caprices. the chest was proportionately both longer and paramount interest. I noticed that all were female. whiskers. the Swede or German. The yellow hair. upon the ground as if in reverie. the pasture as but being surprised to remark how very tlie feet of the plants had been injured by the animals. as was apparent on more careful scrutiny. with 'an intelligent or instinctive care it not to injure the plant so as to deprive of reproducing their sustenance. 87 exammation. His eyes were fixed much smaller than myself. have gathered their food as of the man would do. presented some unusual particulars.A New closer World. power In another minute I discerned the object of I my had thus far seen nearly every imaginable evidence except himIt was undoubtedly a man. so that I had full time to remark the peculiarities He was about four feet of his form and appearance. but only because. the animals seemed to In fact. but a man very self. with legs that seemed short in proportion to the length and girth of the body. and he did not perceive me till I had come Avithin fifty yards of him.

Placing it in his hands and endeavouring to signify to him by signs that he was to retain it. and I therefore felt that there was no immediate danger from him. its construction and movement evidently interested him. This he seemed willing to do. He carried no weapon. He looked up at me. His bare feet were guarded by sandals of some flexible material just covering the toes and bound round the ankle by a single thong. not even a staff'. I we had gone many . . him. and in less than a minute I had come up with and laid my hand upon as with intense surprise Size turned to run. and rubies. a butterfly of turquoise. The head was protected from the rays of an equatorial sun by a species of light turban. visible in the distance. scanning I my face with earnest first curiosity. gave me immense advantage in tliis respect. took from my pocket a jewel of very exquisite construction. and of a vermilion colour. I then held his arm and motioned to him to guide me towards the houses pearl. To the ornament he paid no attention whatever but when I opened the watch. and and length of limb. On seeing me he started and not a little alarm. then a watch very small and elaborately enamelled and jewelled. all and moustache were close and short.88 Across the Zodiac.who-what" do you want?). set on an emerald branch. but before or three times a phrase or paces he repeated two word which sounded like '•r'mo-ah-el" ("whence. The dress consisted of a sort of blouse and short pantaloons. upon which he looked without admiration or interest. from which hung down a short shade or veil sheltering the neck and forehead. of some soft woven fabric. however.

for the purpose of showing him that I could speak and was desirous of doing so. I thought that he had caught the latter. The crops were of great and wonderfully free from weeds. raised two or three inches above the level of the ground. some- . I pointed to the I was sky. baffle a four-footed animal of any variety. and then along the course by which I had come. he might not suppose 89 my I head . and. explaining aloud at the same time the meaning of my signs. round which we passed with ease. with alarm and afterwards with anger. I observed that his wonder grew deeper and deeper. and as I went on to repeat several questions in the same tongue. it only provoked an incredulous indignation. as trying to impose if answered him in Latin. contempt of a somewhat angry character being the principal expression it visible in his countenance. he thought upon him. separated by ditches. to the summit of the mountain from which I had descended. I saw that was of little use to attempt further conholding his hand versation for the present. looked round a^ain at passing. that me The sound seemed to astonish him exceedingly. perhaps some 100 acres each. Most of them showed fruit of one kind or another. Each ditch was crossed by a bridge of planks. the scenes through which we were The lower us appeared to be divided into fields of large extent.A New shook World. but. but if so. but which would obviously size. We followed a path about two yards broad. and was evidently mingled first dumb. still and allowing him hill slopes before to direct me. in the middle of which was a stake or short pole. sometimes gourd-like globes on the top of upright stalks. and paved with some kind of hard concrete.

from their occupation and demeanour. they kept line with wonderful accuracy. the stalks of the fruit they plucked in their mouths. differing. I . its surface of an ochreish colour deeper than that of clay. Extending entirely across the slowly and field. though where and how I had hardly any earthly leisure to observe. In the next field was a still odder sight here grew gourd-like heads on erect reed-like stems. scarlet unripened heads. and with beaks stalks springing field stem. size. as we approached saw were only about half the size of my companion. about twice the size of a crow. and engaged in plucking the ripe ]iurple fruit.90 Across tJie Zodiac. filling with them large bags left at intervals. limes clusters of a sort of nut on vines creeping along the soil. constantly dug their beaks into the worms beneath the surThey w^ent on with their M-ork perfectly undisturbed by our presence. and from . which they kept carefully erect so as not to touch the ground creatures much resembling monkeys in movement. carefully distinguishing them from the soil as if seeking grubs or face. Across this was ranged a row of birds. but which. I took human. One apparently at least as powerful but very much longer. and as they marched across it. from the form of fowl. and flexibility of liml). broken and smoothed as perfectly as the surface of the most carefully tended flower-bed. and length. . but in other respects more like gigantic squirrels. with bushy tails. were half-a-score of creatures which. sometimes a number of pulpy fruits about the size of an orange hanging at the end of pendulous from the top of a stiff reed-like was bare. Tliey held at first to be nearer. and tliickly covered with hair.

in a direction nearly at right angles to that which followed the course of the river. : amusement by directions took opposite sides of the road. It was it was constructed of a hard polished concrete. as those proceeding in opposite eccentric English youths. — I pointed to these.— A New the World. Along the main way on either side passed from time to time with great rapidity light vehicles of shining metal. convinced me that both these and the creatures. collision was avoided." he said. otherwise I resembling nothing ridden It so for much as velocipedes have seen was clear. but apparently without the slightest interest in their proceedings. Indeed.and my ? companion's attention " asking. about forty paces broad. Like the path. the regularity and entire free- dom from their alarm or vigilance which characterised movements. with box-like seat and steering handle the . however. birds we passed were domesticated training. from fifteen to thirty miles an hour. that these vehicles were not moved by any effort on the part of their drivers. and in the centre was a raised way about four inches higher than the general surface. separated . directing . one small one in front and two much larger behind. whose natural instincts had been turned to such account by human After a few moments more. 91 manner in M'liicli they worked I suspected that they had no opposable thumbs that the whole hand had to be used like the paw of a squirrel to grasp an object. " What are they " Ambau. and occupying about one-fourth of the entire width. and their speed was far greater than that of the swiftest mail-coach All risk of say. we came in sight of a regular road. each having three wheels.

stood in grounds enclosed high. In the centre and at the end of the wings where these was what seemed to be a door of some translucent material about twelve feet in height. was not hospitable or friendly. little backward. since their bearing. and presently one of these parted. but not actually assailed. and a figure. not choosing to incur the danger of a sudden rush. some of of them having at either side wings of less height and thrown a each. and were proceeding along the raised central pathway. The houses were for the most part some twelve . centre I have described. perhaps twenty feet square. if not plainly hostile. each of by walls about eight feet some uniform colour. and waving it around me. ran after and gathered around us. took down my airgun from my back. At a call from my guide. came out. We had now reached another road which led apparently towards the larger houses I had seen in the distance. when some half-dozen persons from the cottages followed us. Thus escorted. closely resembling that of my guide. by which time we were among the larger dwellings of M'hich I have spoken.92 by the raised Across the Zodiac. contrasting agree- ably with that chosen for the exterior of the house. these. signalled to them to keep back. But I observed that these doors were divided by a scarcely perceptible line up to six feet from the ground. I passed on for three or four miles. we came upon a number houses. The enclosures varied in size from about six to sixty acres. and presently as many more. each standing in the midst of a garden marked out by a narrow ditch. I turned. Crossing the of small road with caution. Each of them existed.

all about the size of hundred feet square. did not come within arm's length and themselves. to four 93 and from one On several flat roofs. guarded persons. and. a watch somewliat larger than that I had bestowed upon my guide. probably consisting of women. In a few cases groups differently dressed. when seen by those in front. from their somewhat smaller stature. holding out to him at the same time. when I repeated my signs. were always waived back with an impatient or threatening gesture. World. and striking right and left with my air-gun was determined not to shed blood except in the last extremity still — I speedily cleared a circle round me. and again endeavoured to describe my journey. and. But these. as the thing most likely to conciliate him. For this. other my guide. now showed all of them interested. came out upon the road. Presently two or three men more richly dressed than my escort. Addressing one of these. from a providential instinct which suggested that his contiguity might in from the chief through the air. heard a whizzing like a and presently something winged . however. were gathered on a remoter portion of the roof. . however.— A New feet in height. and instantly retired. I had been long prepared. of some way protect me. close grasping my guide with tlie left hand. as it seemed. somewhat excited by my appearance. and the long hair here and there visible. by low parapets. slighter figures. He. at with a sort of sneer and uttered a few words in a sharp which my escort rushed upon and attempted to throw for I me down. he threw back his head tone. I pointed again to the sky. and in various colours. A call my antagonists was answered from I the roof of a neighbouring house.

and to the ground as I released him but just in time. which was naked. serpent. still holding my sword. I caught the beast by the neck.94 Across tJie Zodiac. Looking in the direction with a cry of from which this the dangerous assailant had come. and shoulders of con- siderable breadth. while my left hand. I perceived another in air. and at the same time the group around me began to disperse. but with a slender neck. and presently felt something like a weak electric thrill over all and shaped more upon That it was trying to my body. with the same motion with which I drew it. sprang and coiled round my left arm. with a sharp. and flung him with all my force right in the face of my chief antagonist. I cut right through the neck of the dragon — — that had been launched against me. and a head mucli larger than a serpent's in proportion to the body. like a bird's. and spoke very loudly and at some length to the person who had launched the dragons. It was well I had done so. The latter disappeared. Dropping my gun with the muzzle between my feet. short beak. and holding it so far as I could with my numbed releasing also my guide. his feet My principal and presence of mind. for within another minute the owner of the dragons reappeared with a weapon not enemy had quickly recovered . completely numbing it for the moment. I caught one of them with each hand. sustained a severe shock. and saw that not a moment was to be lost. who fell terror. Whatever suited them was certain not to suit me. and accordingly. but throwing him left hand I drew my sword. sting with an erectile organ placed about midway between the shoulders and the tail I became instinctively aware.

looking both in expressiveness and in of the me straight in the eyes with a steadiness and intensity of gaze far exceeding. seeing a sort of stand. as authority unmixed with menace was evident in his tone. man who was still aiming his weapon at my head. hostile intention evidently endangered not only my life but all near me. but well proportioned as a man of middle size. I doubt whether I should have had the power to resist his will had I thought it wise to do so. was conspicuous in his manner. to the He called. caught up instinctively one of my prisoners. and held him as a shield between myself and the weapon pointed at me. gathered in at the waist by a belt of a red metal. . however successful in repelling the first tumultuous attack. At this moment a somewhat remarkable personage came to the front of the group which had gathered some few yards before me. that a danger of whose magnitude and nature I could form no exact estimate was impending. But I was perfectly aware that. prolonged self-defence was hope- . then waived back those behind him. effect. for something of dignity. This checked my enemy.A New World. gravity. and calm good-breeding. Gentle- man I say emphatically. and I. and secured me from any close attack. somewhat peremptorily as I thought. On earth I should have taken him for a hale and vigorous gentleman of some fifty years he was two inches short of five feet. the most fixed stare most successful mesmerists I have known. and presently advanced towards me. He wore a long frock of emerald green and trousers of the same colour. 95 wholly unlike a long cannon of very small bore fixed upon This he levelled at me. who for the moment seemed Fortunately his almost as much at a loss as myself.

AVhen. till we reached size.96 less. as well as shade and sun. certainly in I a few minutes. succumb to the enemies around me. could hardly be maddened by fear. windows) There were some eight or nine crystal doors (or in the front. which gave way before him reluctantly and not without angry murmurs. He took me by the left hand. the new-comer fearlessly laid his hand on an arm which could have killed him at a blow. finding favour with an individual protector. but with a certain awe as before one superior either in power or rank. pale rose-colour. Through grounds laid were of a out in sym- metrical alternation of orchard and grove. I allowed him to some sense his prisoner without a show of resistance. and in the centre one somewhat . Across I tJic Zodiac. and rather by gesture than by force released my captives. and My only chance must lie in afraid than I of theirs. first placing my fingers upon his own wrist and then grasping mine. could not conciliate those whose malignity I could not comprehend. like the gate itself. shrubbery. and garden beds. I had done them no injury. policy as strength did not seem to overawe of well as instinct dictated submission. and led me quietly through the crowd. evident regard to effect in itself. arranged with form and colour. probaLly at the next move. since my and they size and them save at close weapons they were certainly less my quarters. must. we followed a to fitting distribution of straight path which sloped under a canopy of flowering creepers up to the terrace on which stood the house close-carpeted field. the crystal gate of an enclosure of exceptional which. therefore. disarm and in make me Thus he led me the walls of for about half a mile.

not turning on hinges. like every other door I had seen. I. Through one of these my guide led me into a passage which appeared to run parallel with the front of the house. reaching from the floor to the roof. the scene without was as visible from within as through the most perfectly transparent glass. their surface of minutely perfect execution. similar but smaller apartment. dividing and sliding rapidly into the walls to the right it and left. but.— A in front of it. should so call that this wliicli The window was simply another door — if I of — apartment looked into one corner of a flowergarden of great extent. beyond and at each end of which were other portions of the dwelling. one above the other gold. and turning down this. 97 larger than the others. and immediately closed behind us in the same way. some twenty feet in width and twenty-five in length. We entered. In these walls two or three doors appeared. I was surprised to observe that. which was coloured like the walls. through which he led me into a foliage of bright scenes. whereas I could see nothing through the door from the outside. with all the brilliant transparency the jewel . ing my The chamber of in which I found myself had walls broken by bas-reliefs of bright emerald green. and divided into panels each of which seemed to contain a series of distinct by living creepers with and flowers sometimes pink. N'ew World. G . and seemingly of the same material. — . as we came immediately opened. The walls of this VOL. sometimes cream-white of great size. Turn- head for a moment. which. a door again parted on the right hand. both double and the former mostly hemispherical and the latter single commonly shaped as hollow cones or wide shallow champagne glasses.

countless minute jets of warm perfumed water were thrown from every part of the interior wall. By pressing a spring. or golden in colour. but also of metal. still less of menace in his gaze. There were all diffe- three or four movable seats resembling writing or easychairs. It appeared to me as if he wished to read the character and perhaps the thoughts of his guest. jewel-like lustre . apparatus of small pipes. My host then led me to a seat among the cushions. . rent. He stretched out his left hand. appasizes. and and feathers. farthest from the inner court or peristyle. silver. was a screen. with one or two of different form. or azure. forming the most delicious and perfect shower-bath that could well be devised. tlie chamber were pink. looking for some time intently and gravely into my face.98. which. as my protector pointed out. surface appearing as before of the roof and floor of a green lighter than that of the emerald. Across the Zodiac. with thin double walls. In two corners were piles of innumerable cushions and pillows covered with a most delicate satin-like fabric. as my host showed me. all soft as eider-down and of all shapes There were three or four light tables. and placed himself beside me. the space between which was filled with an appurtenances. rently of metal. In one of the walls was sunk a series of shelves closed by a trans- parent sheet of crystal of pale yellow tinge. luxurious all though In the corner to the left. more like small office-tables or desks. The scrutiny seemed to satisfy him. concealed a bath and some other convenient The bath was a cylinder some live feet in depth and about two in diameter. but with nothing of offensive curiosity. in various parts of the cliamber. embroidered with gold. silver.

it was evident that the art was carried to no and the place from which . apparently of silver. appeared to convince my host of my meaning. such as she would often present through a at Moon Martial telescope. placed his upon my breast. to these down from each and knife. A little chain hung was suspended a tray. from the bas-reliefs and tracery. and it occurred to me that drawing might assist explanation since. from the first ascent to the final landing. and placed a crescent some little distance. accompanied by one of the strange squirrel- had seen in the fields. question most likely to be asked concerned my character plained. upon which were arranged a variety of fruits and what seemed to be small loaves of various materials. In a few minutes I he returned. I drew. indicating its path round the Earth. my host . Signing to me to remain where I was. was right in conjecturing that the creature had no opposable thumb . therefore. but the tone sounded to me I as that of inquiry. Breaking one of these and cutting open with a small wrist. It was evident that my host understood my meaning. common first excellence in Mars. traced orbit round the Sun. but a little ingenuity had compensated this so far as regarded the power of carrying. a globe to represent the Earth. He The then spoke in words whose meaning I could not guess. if not of my veracity. placed dropping World. one of the fruits. the more clearly when I marked upon the form of the Earth a crescent. Sketches in outline roughly exhibit- ing different stages of my voyage. again pointing upward. it 99 on his heart. in the its place. he like animals I left the room. I again exHe seemed dubious or perplexed. and then my hand. had come.A New and grasping mine.

ou. apparently as a sign of intelligence.lOO Across tJie Zodiac. o. been necessary the floor. the door opening and closing as he trod. tasted each and then motioned to me to eat. Across the wider and outer end of the cone was stretched a membrane or diaphragm about three inches in diameter. whistled. he drew from the back of the instrument a slip of something like gold- . and in a few minutes returned with what seemed like a pencil or stylus and writing materials. and disappeared. offered ]\Iy me was very delicious and various host showed me how to cut the top from some of the hard-rind fruits. consisting of a truncated cone expanding into a saucer-shaped bowl. Into the mouth of the bowl. two or three inches from the diaphragm. my host spoke one by one a series of articulate but single sounds. so as to have a cup full of the most delicately-flavoured juice. evidently an order. for somewhat more heavily than had my host. my host are familiar. which I afterwards found cess with to be the twelve vowels of their language. and with a large silver-like box of very curious form. beginning with a. aa. ait. oi. the whole pulp having been reduced to a liquid syrup by a pro- which some semicivilised ciiltivators on Earth When I had finished my meal. u. carried away the His master gave him at the same time what was tray. repeating it twice. e. returning. The attendant had placed the tray upon a table. upon particular points of The food in flavour. The little creature bowed its head. y or ci (long). a. and speaking with signal clearness of intonation. To one side was affixed a sort of mouthpiece. i (short). oo. and the attendant. disengaged the chains. After he had thus uttered some forty distinct sounds.

like the 'chamber I . a visual image. into the outer those on the other into the interior warden . my host advanced to the window. was a species of central court around which the house was built. and bent in approval. he repeated the sounds in made out that the figures in question represented the sounds spoken into alphabet. different and under Esmo's and those who knew him could identify his phonogram. which. divided by the gallery of which I have spoken. and taking out my pencil. but of the Martial tongue — an by the vocal sounds it represented The elaborate machinery modifies the rough signs which are traced by the mere aerial vibrations but each chaactually produced . the voice. A New leaf. sex. of a speaker affect the phonograph.! . The construction of the house was at once apparent. racter is a true physical type. accent. as I my had memory. temper. and are recognisable The instrument wrote. the instrument. hands under voice as my my friends my manuscript. After I had been employed for some time in fixing these forms and the corresponding sounds in into the interior garden. in the record. order. enclosure all the rooms on one side thereof first looking. and open- led me supposed. It consisted of a front portion. Here then was the alphabet alphabet not arbitrary. ing it. loi on wliich as many weird curves and angular figures Pointing to these in succession. so to speak. entered. Wo7dd. I were traced in crimson. My host looked his on with some interest whilst head as if I did this. of the spoken sound. marked under each the equivalent character of the Eoman supplemented by some letters not admitted therein but borrowed from other Aryan tongues.

circle. flowers of different colours were set in patterns. turfed with minute plants. These were of different colours emerald. The exact tints of silver and gold were frequent and especially favoured. The smaller of these were severally filled with one or two flowers in the larger. form. as the walls of the house led — . and purple arranged in bands. smaller than daisy roots.— I02 or peristyle. in one of which the various birds and animals employed In front either in domestic service or in agriculture. At each corner of every garden was a hollow silvery pillar. At either end were chambers entirely formed of the same material children of the household. and six-rayed star being apparently the chief favourites. Each garden was. and structure of the flowers wonderfully various and always exquisitely beautiful. gold. The court was divided by broad concrete paths into four gardens. two inclined planes of the same material up to the several parts of the roof. so to speak. were kept. . latter was a single row of chambers opening upon appropriated to the ladies and The court was roofed over It was about 360 feet in length by 300 in width. and never allowing the soil to be seen through a single interval. the crescent. generally rising from the outside to the centre. Across the Zodiac. In the centre of each was a basin of water and a fountain. in another the various stores of the household. Beyond the it. The contrast of colours and tints was admirably ordered the size. . up which creepers with flowers of marvellous size of these. with the translucent material of the windows. as the roof. above which was a square opening of some twenty feet in the roof. and even more closely covering the soil than English lawn grass. This turf was broken by a number of beds of all shapes.

drawn round all save the face. IC3 hues almost as striking as those of the flowers. falling nearly to the and gathered in by a zone at the waist. Her face was par- tially uncovered. much the same. whether covering the head completely. were conducted to form a j)erfect arch overhead. falling round her half-way to the waist.A New and beauty. which were of a delicate substance. resembling that of the finest I'arisian kid gloves. and the upper part of the bosom uncovered but the veil. save what took from the figure to which closely adapted itself. At the meeting of the four cross paths was a wide space covered witli a soft woven carpet. . On these several were reclining. approached. except in colour and in certain omissions and additions. parting off the gardens from the walks. upon which were strown cushions similar to those in ladies my room. In each basin were and beauty of form fishes whose brilliancy of colouring far surpassed anything I have seen in earthly seas or rivers. suspended by broad ribbons and jewelled clasps from the shoulders. of the family. This left the neck. The under-garments must have been slight in material and few in number. and foliage of JP''orld. Nothing was to be seen of them save the sleeves. a crimson veil. The dress of all was. who rose as the head of the family One who seemed by her manner to be the to and by her resemblance some of her younger wore a sort of -helmet on the head. but far softer and finer. Over it all was a robe almost without it shape. companions the mother. light golden half intended apparently to protect her head and neck from the sun as much as to conceal them. or consisting only of two separate muslin falls behind either ankles. shoulders. mistress. garment . and over this.

pale — and the blue or grey eyes charMy host spoke two or three words me by a graceful to the chief of the party." is One of the girls. might almost have veiled her entire form above the knees in the masses of rich soft brown hair inherited from her father. a couple of inches their bright soft faces below the and their long hair (which fell freely down the back. The eldest lady sleeves reaching to the wrist." says the Mar"may make the most of her charms. were shaded by dark thick lashes. like the younger matrons. Across the Zodiac. so long that when the lids were closed they traced a clear black curve on either cheek. —flaxen in early childhood. light silken-seeming fabric. "A maiden. ending in gloves of the same fabric. with gauze veils attached over either ear to a very slight silver coronal shoulder. with silver head-dresses and All these had veils hiding everything but the eyes. their arms bare the sleeve of the under-robe appeared. shimmering like gold under certain lights. indicating . girls were robed in white till gauze. like their mother. of deepest violet. but mingled with tresses of another Her tinge. Two young . the bright hair gold in maturer years acteristic of the race. eyes.104 ear. wore a pale green robe of a fine but very Three younger ones wore a similar material of pink. The other maiden had. was always so arranged as to render the general effect far more decorous than the " low dresses " of European matrons and maidens. and silver bands clasped round the ankles. and. I believe. save for sandals with an embroidered velvety cover- ing for the toes. my host's daughters. a wife's beauty her lord's exclusive right. The ankles and feet were entirely bare. were totally uncovered. kept in graceful order here and there by almost invisible silver clasps or bands) tialist.

and its actions rough and hasty. tones were soft and their bearing towards each other notably our movement than own world. I had observed by this time that the left hand was used by preference. for all purposes. were remarkthe happiest and ably beautiful and healthy-looking. resumed their places as soon as my host. or both. differed One unfortunate all respects. certainly not less graceful in form and prettiest in and gentle. with one exception. seating himself between us. them. signed to me to occupy some pillows which one of the young ladies arranged on his left hand.A and courteous wave New World. deformed in character to compensate for physical deformity. The others acknowledged the introduction by a similar but slighter inclination. bad temper. as we use the right. and with a face that indicated bad health. addressed slightly bent her head. over-indulged from the rest in It youngest-born in an ill-managed family . its tones sharp and harsh. to their its When its caprices became intolerable most of . Their kind and considerate. Three or four children were playing in another part of the court. I took it for a mother's sickly favourite. upon which tlic 105 person of the hand. the place of honour. even when pain or vexation brought the tears eyes. All. I saw the little creature repeatedly break out in all the humours of an ill-tempered. for similar reasons. snatching toys from the others. misshapen rather than awkward. laying her hand at the same time upon her and all heart. little creature was slightly lame. Watching them for a short time. and now and then slapping or pinching But they never returned either word or blow. Its manner was peevish and fractious. left side was. and therefore was naturally extended in courtesy and the .

ic6 Across the Zodiac. I offered several of the most precious to my host. or open bags of golden network. tones. instruments as were not atwas evident that great care had been taken not to injure or dismantle the vessel. Of the various toys and ornaments that I had brought for the purpose. with such of my tached to the walls." which followed him. many of the smaller objects left in these. rather declining to understand than refusing the offer of the rest. companions withdrew one. brought and handed over to me as a host on Earth drawings. and acts. even if driven from tlie immediate neighbourhood by its intolerably provoking temper. first approaching my host with a respectful inclination of the head. till they had laid before me my and wardrobe and my store of intended presents. always remaining on the watch. and of the articles brought not one had been broken It was equally evident that there was no or damaged. books. containing the Astronaut. " ambau. The bringer did the same. however. . at a sign from him. apparently desired by when he addressed the a few quiet words to speak head of the family in some short sentences. laid at my feet two large baskets. They were intention or idea of appropriating them. who. turned to two of the squirrel-like These then animals. stood before him till . I requested . Emptying they brouglit several the whole of more. He accepted one of the smallest and least valuable. and then. Before sunset we were joined by a young man. Then by placing in the chief's hands an open jewel-box containing a variety of the choicest jewellery. It might send for the baggage of an unexpected guest. Nothing that actually belonged to it had been taken away.

air gradually spread throughout the interior of the building. with my wardrobe and other properties. selected some small gold or silver locket or chain each or . aware. A meal was then served in small low which was eaten by all of us reclining on our cushions after which the ladies retired. finally. repose. the young man pressed electric springs roof. or fastened their veils. As the shades of evening fell. were. 107 The elder them ones imitated his example. under the direction of Kevima. caused a bright light to diffuse over the whole garden. which closed the openings in the itself and. and was afterwards made fully which it courtesy. arranged on my shelves by the anibau. turning a small handle. and left me to . My books and sketches. At the same time a warmer trays. the fountains ceased to play. and through the doors into the chambers opening upon it. as well as the portfolios of popular prints which I had selected to assist me in de- scribing the life and scenery of our world. . with an evident intention of adding to the grace with was received and acknowledging the intended How valueless the most valuable of these trifles must have been in their eyes I had begun to suspect from what I saw. and graciously accepted one two tasteful feminine ornaments. when each. to the ladies. The white-robed maidens shrank back shyly until the box was pressed upon them. at a word from the mistress. at once placing the article accepted about her person. of far less beauty and value than any of the few splendid jewels that adorned their belts and clasped their robes at the shoulder.A New signs bis permission to offer World. and my host conducted me back to my chamber.

converse at ease in their language. had. and my own adventures by land and water. and communicated by one whose very presence was the most marvellous of the marvels it attested.io8 Across the Zodiac. or directly addressed me. took frequent opportunities of stealing into the prints I room to look over the produced for their amusement. and never entered the room to look draw near assisted listen. in air and space. as well as in space. she took in all they heard . The latter. The though never troublesome or importunate. How much she . The ladies also. thougli just not child enough to share the children's freedom. but they were not the less welcome because they drew their sisters to listen to my descriptions of an existence so strange and so remote in habits and character. some I them not many years younger than took sincere pleasure in the children's com- pany and growing confidence. before we could children. The portfolios gave me occasional means and topics of pleasant intercourse with the family of my host. a knowledge which seemed to interest her deeply naturally. For. she listened in silence during our evening gatherings to the conversa- tion in practise the language I which her father and brother encouraged me to was laboriously studying. the young gentleman wlio had superintended their removal and conveyance to his father's house. particularly who seemed would though she to be the especial guardian of the little ones. She double opportunities of acquiring . herself. Perhaps their gentle governess learned more than any other member of the family respecting Earth-life. often in explaining of my broken sentences to her charges. since it was so absolutely novel. the violet-eyed maiden. therefore.

a I World. Except her mother. despite their theoretical shy brief question when the evening brought us all together. was wholly exceptional. 109 could not judge. of all. I learned afterwards that the privilege of interit course with the ladies of the household.A New imderstood children. the ladies did not take a direct part in my talk with the and but very seldom interposed. through my The maidens. restricted as was. host. . and even in this family was conceded only out of consideration for one who could not safely be allowed to leave the house. were even more reserved than their elders. and the dark-haired Eveena the most silent and shy privileges.

and few unnecessary — . There my time was occupied. This was a much simpler task than might have been supposed. AND LLFE. who had been playing on the roof. failed to invite me each day to spend some time in the Though I soon outer enclosure. LAWS. but never intentionally left nie alone there. There were no exceptions or irregularities. LANGUAGE. and reaching On me just as my foot was set on the spring that opened the gate or outer door. expressed by glance and gesture a negative I thought it so unmistakable that expedient at once to comply and return to the house. for as great a part of each day as I could give to such a task with- out extreme fatigue. treated with the greatest kindness and courtesy. found reason to understand that I was. I soon found that. one occasion. when Kevima had been called away and I ventured to walk down towards the gate.1 lO CHArTEE V. unlike Terrestrial tongue. with a view to the greatest possible simplicity and the least possible taxation of the memory. a prisoner. at least My host or his son never for the present. the language of this people any had not grown but been made constructed deliberately on set principles. ran after me. my host's youngest child. and looking up into my face. caught me by the hand. in mastering the language of the country.

me and by and by to feel tolerably sure of. of a The verb has six tenses. plural Singular. and and singular. Laws. root. distinctions . consonant to the .1 Langttage. 1 1 while words were so connected and re- lated that the mastery of a few simple grammatical forms and of a certain number of roots enabled to guess at. and Life. formed by the addition six persons. the meaning of a new word. masculine and feminine.

amid) but the word a. without inflexion. the plurals being formed exactly as in the pronominal suffixes of the verb. which latter there are six forms. The root-word. is declined as follows : . where in every terrestrial language the nominative would be employed. the feminine in a. oo. and e. my guide had named the squu-rel-monkeys ambau (sing. 0. alone is used where the name is employed in no connection with a verb. the masculine in and y. .— 112 of Across the Zodiac. Thus.

The modified by a modification i. M. " to significa- control one's self " tempi. and so forth. or a relative pronoun into one inquiry. place in the word. "breathe. before I quit this subject. ." may add. intento sitive. of a figure. " be. " exist . . signifies " " penetration. Thus '' like the Latin in. depends upon II VOL. z. " permanence. in composition : indicates detestation or destruction " thus. vowel or consonant." " those ^ is a diminutive. to convert lireathe. " to obey." in ajl. for example. and the value units. the original for one closely related. I.'ive and Life. but with different effect according to ." tion of roots themselves of the principal is . " opposition " or " negation " ca as aforesaid." dJi. like the Latin ab or ex. " to speak." remaining in a place." . are written on a surface divided into minute squares." Cr is by itself an interit jection of abhorrence or disgust. Thus " mejyi signifies " to rule " raepil. " combination. 113 new and even 11. like the Greek a or ." or "incompleteness. generally signifies dji. and is employed." R is expresses uncertainty " and employed aiiti. craky signifies life " or " to kill. crCivi.'n. dvi. " with." " union." or " brethren. the positive sense of being this or that "live." " or. Laws. " the destruction of L most part indicates its passivity." often abbreviated to zn. that the Martial differs system of arithmetic from ours principally in the Figures use of a duodecimal instead of a decimal basis.e." motion towards. whether it signify so many twelve dozens. Langtiagc. " to be ruled melpi. ." into cdfi. contradictory meanings to a root. by exchangirg Thus avi. G. to convert a stateof ment " into a question. dozens.. is." Thus znaftau means I who were brought into life together." or simply again.t. indicates " motion from." hatred " for the .

textile or metallic. The Martials have two forms of WTiting: the one I have described. I found. had obtained a general idea to read easily the graven . explain. and the diligent and representations of spoken sound patient assistance given by my host or his son for a great part of every day. that a new and much more though fortunately one not so indispensable. . again. which is simply a mechanical rendering of artificially simplified visible signs. or communicate. written by hand. In than a fortnight I and so forth. if marked by a represents drawn above it. of the language.114 Across the Zodiac. Thus a figure answering to our left. and line I. counting the unit square in both cases. I was not surprised to learn that the Martials have scarcely the idea of what we mean by talking. In the third place to the less right. the extreme taciturnity of both sexes I could and by the time make myself understood. Only in a language so simple could my own anxiety to overcome as soon as possible a fatal obstacle to all investigation of this new world. like ours. during the short even- when the whole family was assembled. spoken words into the other. or conversation. and was able which I have described and by the end of a month (to use a word which had no meaning here) I could speak intelligibly if not freely. ing gatherings I had noted even. it signifies y-J-j. The characters of the latter are. The central square of is a line represents the unit's place. difficult task. with a fine pencil of some chemical material on a prepared surface. it is the square in which placed. have enabled me to make such rapid progress. was still in store for me. . placed in the fourth square to the 1728. not talking for the sake of speaking unless they have something to discuss.

and Life. called difra. is placed upon a sheet of a species of linen. and its . The book. On a far the other hand. whicli serves again for the reproduction of any number of difra copies. position which has been previously steeped in some chemical comthe effect apparently depending on the passage of the electricity through the untouched metal. are multiplied with extreme facility and perfection. The writing intended is to be thus copied is alwnys minute. first stage of the hard task In no country on Earth. Lut the contractions and abbreviations are so numerous tliat the mastery of the mere is alphabet. generally from four to eight inches in breadth and of any length required. and it is equally easy to take at any time a fresh copy upon tafroo. the forty or fifty single letters employed. is this task half so severe in Mars. consists of a single sheet. if I may so call it. of the writing. Copies. for the convenience of this mode of reproduction. This pro- ad libitum . superior instrument been gained the Martial writing being a most terse but perfectly legible short- hand. but a single step in the of learning to read.Lajiguage. absolute interception by the ink. 1 15 wholly iubitraiy. Every Martial can write at least as quickly as he can speak. once inscribed in either manner upon the above-mentioned tafroo or gold-leaf. and read for the most part through . whether of the phonographic or stylographic writing. which bites deeply into the cess can be repeated almost leaf. The original. Laws. except as China. and can read the written character more rapidly than the quickest eye can peruse the best Terrestrial print. smoother than paper. when has it is once mastered. A current of electricity sent through the former reproduces the writing exactly upon the latter. .

social and domestic order. Earth there are many nations very imperfectly known to one another. if not with ease yet without fear of serious misapprehension. not merely spring. and when not in use the latter is wound round that attached to the conclusion. of geology. when. endeavouring convey to him of the physical peculiarities of the Earth. essential difference [The only from our photographs being that the Martial art reproduces colour as well as outline. magnifying spectacles. and manners. at the end of some fifty days. upon Terrestrial subjects to learn all that I could . and . consists in a simple adaptation of the camera ohscura. This planet in^T is I gather and form. laws. by touching a Another means of reproducing. A roller is attached to each eml of the sheet. geography. which spreads before the eyes of the reader a length of about four inches at once.] While I was practising myself in the Martial language chiefly. with different dress. all speak- the same tongue. language. if my host turned our experimental conversations not exclusively. both rollers are fixed in a stand. vegetation. " startled and surprised from what you have told me that on now inhabited by a single race. Afterwards." he said. human existence. but natural objects. and slowly moved by clockwork. animal life in all its forms. using much the same customs. When required for reading. manners. The motion is slackened or quickened at the reader's and can be stopped altogether. pleasure. he took an early opportunity of explaining to me the causes and circumstances of his people. I omit this description. my unfriendly reception " among Your size them.6 1 1 Across the Zodiac. writings or drawings. he found that we could converse.

Your mail-shirt protected you from the shock of the dragon. you seem to say. described. Then. and the silken lining resisting canvassed. as you have pointed because. your atmosphere is denser and w^e require ampler lungs to inhale the quantity of air necessary at each breath for the oxidation of the blood. story You you told . 1 1 widely than from one another in form and size much less (I understand) do men upon your Earth. as out. of course. smaller in proportion to the rest of the body probably than ours. which was meant to paralyse and place you at the mercy of your assailants the metal distributing the current. Then you were not dumb. and a sufficient ground for suspecting a being of such size and physical strength of some evil or dangerous design. therefore. It was an insult to the intelligence of your hearers. . . and as quickly rejected as an audacious impossibility. your limbs are longer and your chest . approach to your stature. and yet and to affected not to understand our language different one. and Life. and did not. the tallest skeleton preserved in our museums and does scarcely a hand's breadth taller than myself. The by signs was quickly apprehended. differino. There you might have been taken for a visitor from some strange and unexplored country. The mob who first attacked you were probably only perplexed and irritated those who subsequently interfered may have been animated also by scientific curiosity. We have no giants is . belong to us.7 La7igt(age. not. Laws. Here it was clear that you were not one of our race. this planet speak a No such creature could have existed in without having been seen. and yet it was inconceivable what else you could be. You would have been well worth anatomisation and chemical analysis.

independently of general laws. Those laws would not. " always act from the motives in vogue among my fellow-creatures of this planet. and answered sarcastically.8 1 1 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. he evidently thought. would have asphyxiated every living thing for several yards around. bursting. who. that I felt sliglitly nettled. are for certain reasons afraid to do serious wrong." he answered. Still." man and an object He explained the motives and conduct of his countrymen with such perfect coolness. and the treatment as well as in form to that I '' I have received from yourself and your family. "If the slaughter of strangers whose account of themselves appears improbable be so completely a matter of course among you. But our laws regarding the use of such weapons are very and your enemy dared not imperil the lives of those you held. at its passacje. you would certainly have been destroyed but for your manoeuvre of laying hold of two of your immediate escort. affirmed. to tell I differ It is for the you why might not be well more consequence you have been kept in some sense it from them moment of a prisoner here. My neighbours. such absence of surprise or indignation. That levelled at you by my neighbour would have sent to ten times your distance a small ball. but why and how to explain. so utterly opposite in spirit met from everybody else. Our destructive weapons are far superior to any you possess or have described." I do not. I am at a loss to understand your own interference. apply to yourself. as he would have stringent. the moment when I interposed. could not be regarded as a of legal protection. which. me "While in my company or in life my dwell- ing they could hardly attempt your without en- .

and not." it inexplicable seemed was assumed that I could not belong to Mars yet I was a living creature in the flesh. would probably be made. family. dangering mine or those of seen alone outside and Life. don't " reason on impossibilities. " has said the same thing. my my premises. and might this time prove successful. and must therefore have come from some other planet. But a miracle should be a violation not merely of the known but of all the laws of nature." replied my We have a maxim that it is more probable that of witnesses of persons . another whether hy the asphyxiator or by a destructive animal. and until you know all those laws. how can you tell what is a miracle ? The lifting of iron by . I will beg you not to venture alone beyond the bounds that afford you security and to believe that in this request. ? It to be an inhabitant of space. that the senses of should be deluded. as in detaining you perforce heretofore." I rejoined. ing. than that a miracle should be true " and by a miracle we mean an interruption or violation of the known laws of nature. I am acting simply for your own welfare. therefore. " with a view to secure the first opportunity of putting your relation to our race to the tests of the dissecting table " and the laboratory. If 119 you were attempt. But my story explained everything that why was not believed . Laws. Till." "We friend." One eminent terrestrial sceptic. and masters of the science of probabilities have supported liis assertion. smil. as I could hardly be supposed . any number any number should lie." he added. the question of your humanity and right to the protection of our law is decided by those to whom it has been submitted.Langtiage.

infer- doubly uncertain. "Then. for you know nothing save through But we know those senses which are liable to illusion. you may own existence and in everything around you." said prefer inferences from facts to facts themselves." Our philosophers." is undeniably liable. your I said. if that evidence be wanting in certainty. " you cannot as well disbelieve in your inference that. and in Surely it was somewhat illogical to fact do not exist. — I suppose you have iron and loadstones here we have on Earth it. " are in this my world confessed impossibilities." I. since its no chain can be stronger than ences are weakest point. "they must and the deductions of logic to the evidence of their senses. practically to the directly and maxim leads rate. somewhat indignantly.I20 a magnet as Across the Zodiac. because they are . I am not here. that is to be known of natural laws and forces and to delusion or illusion liuman sense " If. Is shoot an illusion and intend to dissect a spectre not a fact the complete and unanswerable refutation of ! its impossibility " ? "A if good many facts to which I could testify." he replied. to the first man who witof nessed gravity just as complete a violation of the law as now appears my voyage through space. At any practically that there are limits to illusion. accomplished by a force bearing some relation to that which " acts through the magnet. —was. Yet. first. " are probably all satisfied that tliey know nearly . then. and neighbours witnessed them they would pronounce them to be either impostures or illusions. since I do not belong to Mars and cannot have come from any other world." he answered." trust your senses.

Language, Laws, and Life.
drawn from
facts reported
is

121

by

sense, and, secondly, be-

cause a flaw in the logic

always possible."

"Do
smiling.

not repeat that out of doors," he answered,
" It is

not permitted here to doubt the infalli-

bility of science;

persistently a story
sible (like

and any one who ventures to affirm which science pronounces imposif

your voyage through space),

he do not

fall

at once a victim to popular piety,
to the

would be consigned

worse than living death of life-long confinement

in a lunatic hospital."

In that case I fear very much that I have little chance of being put under the protection of your laws,
"

since, whatever may be the impression of those who have seen me, every one else must inevitably pronounce me non-existent; and a nonentity can hardly be the

subject of legal wrong or have a right to legal redress."
"

Xor," he replied,

"

can there be any need or any

right to annihilate that

which does not
I

exist.

This

alternative
I

may occupy our

Courts of Justice, for aught

know, longer than you or

can hope to

live.

What

I have asked is that, till these have decided between two contradictory absurdities, you shall be provisionally

and without prejudice considered and an object of legal protection."
"

as a

human

reality

And

who," I asked,
"
?

"

has authority ad interhii to
"

decide this point
" It

was submitted," he answered,

in the

first place,

to the

Astynta (captain, president) who governs this but, as I expected, he declined to pronounce district
;

upon

it,

and referred

it

to the

Mepta

(governor) of the

province.
latter that

Half-an-hour's argument

so bewildered the

he sent the question immediately to the

"

122

Acj'oss

tJic

Zodiac.

Zampta
nounced

(Piegent) of this dominion,

and

he, after hear-

ing by telegraph the opening of the case, at once prothat, as affecting the entire planet, it

must be

decided by the

Campta

or Suzerain.

Now

this gentle-

man is impatient of the dogmatism of the philosophers, who have tried recently to impose upon him one or two
new
what he
would limit the amount of he practically enjoys and as the philosophers are all against you, and as, moreover, he has a strong though secret hankering after it would not do to say, after imcurious phenomena possibilities I do not think he will allow you to be
theoretical rules M'hich
calls free will that
;

destroyed, at least
" Is
it

till

he has seen you."
said,
"

possible," I

that even your

monarch

cherishes a belief in the incredible or logically impossible, and yet escapes the you threaten me ?

lunatic

asylum with which

" I

should not escape grave consequences were I to

attribute to
"

him a heresy so detestable," said would not be rash enough Campta Even the
its

my host.
to let it

be said that he doubts
public opinion as

the infallibility of science, or of

exponent.

But

as

it is

the worst

of offences to suggest the existence of that

pronounced impossible or
guilt, insist

unscientific,

the

which is supreme
of the

autliority can always, in virtue of the

enormity

on undertaking himself the executive investigation of all such cases and generally contrives to have the impossibility, if a tangible one, brought into
;

the presence either as evidence or as accomplice."
" I don't

"Well," I rejoined, after a few minutes' reflection, know that I have much right to complain of
all,

ideas whicli, after

are but the logical

development

Language, Lazus, ana Life.
of those

123

which are finding constantly more and more
I

favour amontr our most enlightened nations.
quite believe, from
scientists, tliat in

can

what

I

have seen
it

of

our leading
he dangerous

another century

may

in

my own

country for

my

descendants to profess
life

that beUef in a Creator and a future
superstitious
all

which

I

am

enough

to prefer to all the revelations of

the material sciences."

"As you
" don't

value your

life

and freedom," he

replied,

speak of such a belief here, save to the members
family, and to those with

of

my own

whom

I

may

tell

Such ideas were held here, almost as generally as you say they now are on Earth, some twelve thousand years ago, and twenty thousand years ago their profession was compulsory. But for the last hundred centuries it has been settled that they are

you you

are safe.

utterly fatal to the progress of the race, to enlighten-

ment, to morality, and to the practical devotion of our
energies to the business of
life
;

and they are not merely

disavowed and denounced, but hated with an earnestness proportioned to the scientific enthusiasm of classes

and individuals."
" But," said
I,

" if so long, so severely,

sally discountenanced,

how can
he

their expression
"
?

and so univerby one
the attrac-

man
"

here or there be considered perilous
say,"

Our philosophers

replied, " that

tiveness of these ideas to certain

minds

is

such that no

reasoning, no demonstration of their absurdity, will pre-

vent their exercising a mischievous influence upon weak,

and especially upon feminine natures
suspicion that they are
still

;

and perhaps the

held in secret

may

contri-

bute to keep alive the bitterness with which they are


1

24

Across the Zodiac.

repudiated and repressed.
there be

But if they are so held, if any who hclieve that the order of the universe was at first established, and that its active forces are still sustained and governed, by a conscious Intelligence if tliere be those who think that they have proof

positive of

tlie

continued existence of

death

— their secret has been well kept.

human beings after Tor very many
by public

centuries have elapsed since the last victim of such
delusions, as they were solemnly pronounced

vote in the reign of the four-hundredth predecessor of

the present Campta, was sent as incurable to the dan-

gerous ward of our strictest hospital for the insane."
tone of irony, and at the same time an air of guarded reserve, seemed to pervade all my host's remarks on this subject, and I perceived that for some reason it

A

was so unpleasant
drop
it.

to

him

that courtesy obliged

me

to

I put,

questions as to

therefore, to turn the conversation, some the political organisation of which his
;

words had afforded
took to give
" If,"

me a glimpse and in reply he underme a summary of the political history of his
giving you this sketch of the prosocial order has

planet during the last few hundred generations.

he

said, " in

cess

by which our present

been estabstood

lished, I

should mention a class or party

who have
you

at certain times distinctly apart

from or in opposition
to ask to repeat

to the majority, I must, in the first place, beg

no questions about them, and in the next not
incautiously the
little

I

may

tell

you, or to show,

by

asking questions of others, what you have heard from

me."
I

gave

my

promise frankly, of course, and he then
:

gave

me

the following sketch of Martial history

Language, Lazus, and Life.

125
and

"We

date events from the union of

all races

nations in a single State, a union which was formally
established 13,218 years ago.

At

that time the large

majority of the inhabitants of this planet possessed no
other property than their houses, clothes, and tools,
their furniture,

and a few other

trifles.

The land was
Those who
thrice as

owned by fewer than 400,000
possessed movable wealth

proprietors.

may have numbered
power was
in the

many.

Political

and

social

hands

of

the owners of property, and of those, generally connected

with them by birth or marriage,

who were

at

any

rate

not dependent on manual labour for their bread.

But

among

these tliere were divisions and factions on various
trivial,

questions more or less

none of them approaching

in importance or interest to the fundamental

and irreday to arise between those who had accumulated wealth and those who had not. To gain their ends in one or another of these frivolous
concilable conflict sure one
quarrels,

each party in

turn

admitted to

political
call

influence section
proletariat
;

after section of

what you

the

till

in the year

3278 universal suffrage was
over the age of twelve

granted, every

man and woman

years* being entitled to a single and equal vote.

About the same time the change in opinion of which had taken general effect, and the vast majority of the men, at any rate, had ceased to believe
I have spoken
in a future life wherein the inequalities
of this
*

and

iniquities

might be redressed.
is

It followed that

they were

The Martial year

687 of our days, and eight Martial years are

nearly equivalent to fifteen Terrestrial. Roughly, and in round numbers, the time figures given may be multiplied by two to reduce them to
Terrestrial periods.

Ed.

126

Across the Zodiac.
and
sufTering, especially

liercely impatient of liardships

such as they thought might be redressed by political

and

social changes.

The

leaders of the multitude, for

the most part

men

belonging to the propertied classes
abolition of private ownership,

who had
any,
of

either wasted their wealth or never possessed
first

demanded the

land,

then of movable wealth;

a

fiercely

excited the passions of those

demand which who possessed

neither,
of those

and

as bitterly
did.

provoked the anger and alarm
struggle raged for

some generaand ended by an appeal to the sword in which, since the force of the State was by law in the hands of the majority, the intelligent, thrifty, careful owners of property with their adherents were signally defeated. Universal communism was established in 3412, none
tions
;

who

The

being permitted to own, or even to claim, the exclusive
use of any portion of the planet's surface, or of any
other property except the share of food and clothing
allotted to him.

certain sectaries
past, to the

One only privilege was allowed to who still clung to the habits of the

permanence and privacy of family life. They were permitted to have houses or portions of houses to themselves, and to live there on the share of
the public produce allotted to the several

members

of

each household.
course
to

It

had been assumed

as matter of

by the majority that when every one was forced work there would be more than enough for all that public spirit, and if necessary coercion, woidd prove as effectual stimulants to exertion and industry as interest and necessity had done under the system of private
;

ownership.

Those who

relied

on the refutation of

tliis

theory

better than that enjoyed by the poorest. furniture. they were invariably overturned and almost invariably murdered before their very brief legal term of office had closed. or lot equally to all. clothing. such despotism that for a short time excited during the period of their rule such fierce and universal hatred. Only a grinding despotism could compose them. food. since no one was best course of iron. envy is even The Many prea more powerful passion than greed. ferred that wealth and luxury should be destroyed. Whatever could not all. Next. it was found that since one man's idleness industry or could produce no appreciable . Laws. It was not only that those engaged in the same kind of labour quarrelled over the task assigned to each. of fitted the lower or less silver we thus wasted would admit that he agreeable. or to the difficulty of his labour.Language. and those who wielded bittter. whether allotted in proportion to his strength. be produced in quantities sufficient to give each an appreciable share was not produced at quarrels arising out of the Next. rather than that they should he the exclusive possession of the Few^ The first and most visible effect of was the Communism utter disappearance of all perishof all able luxuries. forgot that witli poor future. the of ajDportionment labour were and savage. Of tools in doing the work and reduced enormously the general production wealth. by Those to assigned whom the less agreeable or emplojmients w^ere rebelled murmured. constant. and at last it was necessary for to substitute rotation for division of labour. 127 and suffering men who look to no and acknowledge no law hut such as is created hy their own capricious will and pleasure. and Life.

course made to restrain multiplication by law. still less upon the as particular share assigned to him. of the Communistic principle Attempts were of this only made matters worse. as equal citizens. but this to individual . and in their escape . logically but and practically. in freedom from the bitter passions necessarily excited by the jealousy and incessant mutual interference inseparable from the Communistic system.12$ effect Aci'oss the Zodiac. in those parts of the planet less genial climate whose had caused them to be abandoned. with no recognised relation men. organised societies on the old principles of there and private ownership and the permanence of household By and by. but they had a much more than countervailing advantage in mutual attachment. as the produce of annually diminished and the number consideration. worked under whatever disadvantage could be inflicted by climate and soil. without adopting or even understanding their principles. brought about inquisitions so utterly intolerable that human nature revolted against them. as they Adsibly prospered. They attracted the envy and greed of the Communists. have mentioned all — around The sectaries I whom. mouths parents to be fed of became a serious the many children were regarded as public enemies. with a larger proportion of women at once — seceded separately or established themselves less fertile soil or in considerable numbers . of The entire independence women. they ties. gradually gathered the better elements of society. upon tlie general wealth. every man was idle as the envy and jealousy of his neighbours would allow. was the inevitable outcome. every man of in- tellect still and spirit who had not been murdered. Finally.

stimulated by the hope of wealth in ComThey systematically encouraged the cultivation of science. when assailed by the latter. and when the victory was gained. Laws. whether from wisdom or mere reaction. submitting to the rule of one or a few chief magistrates selected by the natural leaders of each community. as the authors of the general ruin and of much individual suffering. they had not merely the adhesion of the more able. all Moreover. They had a monopoly of machinery. too. and anarchy against science and order. in manufactures. 129 from the caprice and instability of popular government these societies. no quarter was given by either. Finally.— Language. by a bitter resentment against their assailants. and still more superior to such as. tive They devised weapons far more destructhan those possessed by the old regime. On both sides there VOL. munism had not of invention both in agriculture. It was an internecine war of numbers. addition to whatever public spirit the habits of extinguished. and intellectual who seceded from a republic in which neither talent nor industry could give comfort or advantage. which the Communists had very early put down as a withdrawal of energy from the labour due to the community at large. Whichever side were most to blame in the feud. and in self-defence. and Life. vast superiority of numbers was annulled by immeasurable superiority in weapons and in discipline. of improvement. after centuries of anarchy and decline. still remained much of the spirit geneI . ignorance. but also the full benefit of inventive genius. I. they not infrequently improved it to the utter destruction of all who had taken part in the attack. ambitious. the Communists were able to procure. The secessionists were animated.

Driven back into their own cliaotic misery. now humbled them duced to it. material and intellectual did for the civilisation. the Communists were compelled to sue for peace. admire and covet the means which had proAt last. The same envy which. less when life it was precious than the valour by which alone could be held. permanent governMachinery which the seceding societies by the necessity of self-defence. family interest. them as subjects and Thus in the 39th century order and property were once more established throughout the planet. they had leisure to con- trast their wretched condition with that of those who prospered under the restored system of private ownership. But after a and few crushing defeats. if war had been any longer possible. at least as an avowed — principle. to aflect the or of individuals. and preserved through milder ages by the belief that death was not annihilation — enough to give to both parties courage to sacrifice their lives for the victory of their cause the destruction of their enemies. into new were consolidated again and again to plunder the wealth that contrasted so forcibly their own increasing poverty. and to cede a large part of their richest territory. strong. much more than it had done before Communism declared war on it. after bitter intestine struggles. they voluntarily submitted to the rule of their rivals. what you call religion had altogether disappeared had ceased. orderly. ideas and conduct of society The re-establishment of peace and . " But. ment.130 rated in times Across tJic Zodiac. as I have said. would have urged the Communists State. and entreated the latter to accept pupils. deterred by merciless punishment from further invasion of their neighbours' dominions.

compels us to send our children to these establish- . and Life. to dictate the conditions on which two free and equal individuals should live together. and in establishments where everything was regulated with sole regard No law to their welfare. them and do their utmost to lengthen In the assurance of speedy separation. AIL the State could do for the it did . and was soon regarded as a duty. As up chil- dren were troublesome and noisy. what was at first almost openly avowed selfishness soon justifying and glorifying itself on the ground that the children were better off under the care of those whose undivided attention was given to them. order concentrated men's energies on of material wealth tlie 131 production comfort and ease. permitted to and the acliievement of physical Looking forward to nothing after death. animating motive. the one paramount interest. equality which logic The had established between the sexes It was impossible for law dissolved the family tie. or came the almost the sole. till the utmost enjoyment of the longest possible life for himself besole. than they could be at home. All ties being precarious and their endurance short. they could only make the best of the short life it. of each individual. the practice of giving them up to public officers to be brought in vast nurseries regulated on the strictest scientific principles became the general rule. such provision could only be secured by handing over the infant and its portion to the guardianship of the State. their force became less and less . affection became a source of much more anxiety and sorrow than happiness. But when extinguished. merely because they differed in sex. it in- sisted parental on a provision affection was children.Language^ Laws.

perhaps. is discountenanced as a purely animal instinct. The girls are educated apart till they complete their tenth year. while paternal love is utterly scouted as an absurdity to which even in the higher animals are not subject. lord to retain her pet son the Courts and public opinion discountenance this practice. like ments. and are almost invari- . and our neighbours look askance upon so signal a deviation from custom . those from ten to twelve being separated from the younger ones and passing through the higher education in separate colleges.I ^2 Across the Zodiac. but both families. " Inheritance I a notion no longer favoured. before parting with their children. but doing so the more is generally thought that in we do them so. and on which therefore we are not so easily convicted of free choice " [heresy]. a wrong. vival from a lower grade of organisation. that they half suspect us of dissenting from their views on other subjects. •' No. on which our opinions do not so directly or so obviously affect our conduct. systematically retain it their children and educate them at home. and does not generally outlast a ten years' separation. so as to permit their being reclaimed or in- Here heriting property. I inquired whether the birth and parentage of the children sent to the public establishments were registered." he replied. believe by mere descent is that young mothers sometimes. In rare cases a favourite will persuade her and make him heir. a sur. impress upon them some indelible mark by which it may but be possible hereafter to recognise them Maternal affection such recognitions seldom occur. Some my own. Boys are kept the public establishments until the age of twelve.

Separation was soon found necessary. suffered unmistakably from the severity of the mental discipline to which they were subjected.Language. a number increasing in every generation. found unattractive as waves and unfit to be mothers.ably oo first. but still girls passed through the same intellectual training as their Experience. the last two standard of was so complete that for and forty generations. Those girls who distinguished would not answer. and forced at one half the girls last to demand a reduction of the masculine standard of education to the level of feminine capacities. this Upon ground they took their last stand. the female education has been lowered to that reaction The hundred which by general confession ordinary female brains can stand without injury to the physique. both their intellectual instruction in the same and passed through the same examinations. and were hope- lessly beaten. Laws. . The practical consequences of sexual equality have re-established in a more absolute form than ever the principle that the . A very much larger number. made a very hard fight for equal culture perfectly clear physical consequences were fectly intolerable. The advocates of female equality . however. showed that this brothers. At under the influence of the theory of sexual equality. received classes themselves in the examinations were. married in the course of the next. the Equalists were driven from one untenable point to another. but the and per- Wlien a point was reached at wliich of each generation were rendered invalids for life. and the other half protected only by a dense stupidity or volatile idleness which no school punishments could overcome. and Life. with scarcely an exception.

women should he and mothers to be attractive wives all of healthy children. for their life is marriage and maternity sake of each so trained as and successive own sakes as for the generation. and But we regard them in the as third-rate ]\Iarriage men too in petticoats. with one of them idle the last resource to which a man or too foolish to own living will betake himself." Then your marriages. their legal equality for the certainty of protection." I said. coupled with assured comfort and ease. other considerations being subordinated to these. 134 first Across the Zodiac. " Nothing like what our is remote ancestors called marriage recognised at all." he replied. They are promised a permanent maintenance from their master's estate.. certain small A number of ladies avail themselves of live the legal equality they still world much as men. plajiihings. and which only the least attractive are forced to forego. free to rescind the contract after ten or twelve they . "Whatever their education. and promise in return a fixed of marriage. or slaves and they are only too glad to barter of the other sex . The maidens who come of age each year sell themselves by a sort of auction. those who purchase them arranging with the girls themselves the terms on which Custom has fixed the latter will enter their family. purpose of female that. is enjoy. " arc permanent ? " Not by law. hardly as women earn his at all. term After two or three years they are . which they enjoy as the consorts. our women have always found that such independence as they could earn by hard work was less satisfactory than the dependence. " " and permanent support. in- dolence. the general conditions which every girl expects.

the latter almost always prefer the servi- tude to which they are accustomed to an independent life of solitude and friendlessness. fields or direct our factories but prefer devoting the latter half at least of our lives to a somewhat easy-going culti- vation of that division of science which takes hold of our fancy. tion leads These di\dsions are such as your conversa- me to think you would probably consider one race of half fishes.Language. but the women can divorce thenlselves men cannot dismiss them This ! hardly looks like equality." "The practical result. and that divorce which can only women dare not seek a to hand them over another master on rather worse terms. to cultivate our . the habits of for of the a exclusive study of or a lifetime." I asked. receive an allowance for dress and so forth pro- portionate to their personal attractions or to the fancy of the suitor." " Then. and Life. without parents or protectors We are. "is that men which would part them from complaisant slaves. after youth has passed. a single family of suffice plants. 135 may They leave their husbands with a stipulated pension." I said. absurdly minute. A single class of insects. " the at pleasure. in whatever number they please or think they can without inconvenience support. and of course the richest men can offer the best terms. an indolent race. " ? " And what " of the younger men who must " enter the world without property. We hardly care." don't care for a release he answered. When the longer term has expired. as a rule. Minds more active more practical bent will ." becomes. and generally secure the most agreeable wives. Laivs.

civilised ficial It is popularly ascribed to the over- cultivation of the race. . and the mortality in our public nurseries is very large. marked nervous depression and want of animal spirits. There little disease in the nurseries. A man of moderate means. five. is little difficult to rear. and bears directly on your last question. ference from those who have passed the most stringent Martial parents and successful are not prolific. Physical labour the young.— 136 . seeks one assistant men of larger fortune may want by pre- two. long preceded it. collegiate examination. or ten. female births are to male about as seven to six *' Say fifty-sixtli . since the chief cause of death is low vitality. as a rule. fiftieth. as plants and animals highly — that is. These are chosen. Our tastes render us very anxious to devolve upon others as soon as possible the preserv^ation and development of the property we have acquired. One fact is however interpreted. Since the wide extension of polygamy. significant. Narrator. that the eight hours' work which forms their day's labour hardly tires their muscles. such as the total absence of personal tenderness and sympathy must pro- duce in children. but there health and a deficiency of nervous energy. generally . greatly modified and bred to an arti- excellence by human agency and especially — are certainly is deli- cate. Across the Zodiac. in effect. unprolific. before he has reached his thirtieth* year. I impute it to moral influences. spend an equal time over the construction of a new machine more absohitely automatic than any that has possible on is thrown as much as and even they are now so helped by machinery and by trained animals.

To give them a practical and improvement. they ensure employment to the young men when their education is completed the two last years of severe study adding somewhat to the mortality among them. enables us easily to secure any over-anxiety on their part to The minority who do anticipate their inheritance. first 137 and tenth years are twenty-nine in twelve dozen admissions and only about ten in the weaker. live "We have poor men. "A large number find employment in superintending the property of others. and Life. Laws. entire population of our planet does not exceed The two . the last receive a fixed ourselves against proportion of the produce. and the absolute certainly seclusion of our family life. and at the end of ten years ceive a part thereof in full property. men who have can dis- only by daily but these sipated their wealth. they are interest in its preservation — generally. By these means of we are free from all tlie dangers and difficulties that state of society which preceded the Communistic cataclysm. Eead these facts as we may. as artisans. but the deaths in public nurseries between the in the stronger sex. our experi- ence of Communism having self-interest taught us that immediate is and obvious the only motive that and seriously affects human action. regular not thus find a place in society are employed in factories. or on the lands belonging to the State. after a shorter or longer probation. or are permitted to rent re- land at fixed rates. and labour are . adopted by their employers as heirs to their estate .Language. To ensure their zeal. or looking forward at no very distant period to a sufficient competence. The distance at which they are kept.

if well cultivated and cared for. then. moreover. that they have no wish to change them. You have attained nearly all that our most advanced political economists regard as the perfection of econo- mical order —a population nearly stationary. at least. have absolute equality before the law. " to be a material paradise. the doctrines of our most advanced philosophers you life. perfect freedom is possible . " in so far. . and and full legal equality as regards the relations of the sexes." oS Across millions. if he thinks wealth worth the labour troublesome work. and half a square all mile in these equatorial continents." of invention or of exceptionally " ]\Iars ought." answered my host. and a soil much more than distribution of adequate to their support of . Eight hours' labour in the day for ten years of life will secure to the least fortunate a reasonable competence . tJic Zodiac. with quick intelligence and reasonable industry. furnish the largest household with every luxury that man's heart can desire. will. fied Are your countrymen satis- with the results ? " Yes. no idea that any great social or political reforms could improve our con- ." I said. which alone are at generally inhabited. The area of cultivable land about ten millions of square miles. ImndreJ is and is not much increased from generation to generation. and an ambitious man. and freedom from that gnawing anxiety regard- ing the future of ourselves or our children which great evil of life the upon Earth and the opprobrium of our social arrangements. a general property. total absence permanent is poverty. competitive examination among the young for the best start in with equal chances wherever equality again. You have carried out. may always hope to become rich.

and yet we continue to opinion hardly concurs in this hope. The clock does not wear out." I inquired. " that you have got rid of old age " and life. We have got rid of old age. are now removed and famous physician . if I rightly understand your description of life on Earth. of disease ? "We have. but it goes more and more slowly and irregularly. thousand years back." he replied. since it was impossible fully to repair the waste and physical wear and tear of the human frame. if they decay. general How do you mean. to Our . But that we happy I will venture neither to affirm nor to deny. This is no longer so." " die. like the materials of machines. we have great advantages over you. We which used ing years. In his day . since all that has been accomplished in this direction was accomplished some two . ' naturally replaced by new ones our eyes retain to the last the clearness of their sight. 139 all Our lesson in Communism all has rendered agitation on such matters. Laws. all tendency to democratic are institutions. bodies. appeals to popular passions. to a great extent. our teeth. and Life. Physically." Language. dition. utterly odious and alarming to us. A of five thousand years ' back said in controversy on this subject. " learned pretty fully the chemistry of hardening of have found remedies for that the bones and weakening of the muscles be the physical characteristics of declinhair no longer whitens . that the clock was not made to go for ever by which he meant that this human by lapse wore out was true. get rid of death but. of Many of our scientists persist in the hope to disease. no doubt. and. and stops at last for some reason that the most skilful inspection cannot discover. of time.

" "Ay.* Yet few men live to be fifty-five. it is diflicult to understand why the clock at the age of fifty is as perfect as should cease to go. but contains. and owes its an essence beyond the reach laboratory " ? of the scalpel." he said. by forty-five. 'by efflux of it was at fiveand twenty." " Would not some of your race. and the machioery itself does not wear out. the microscope. iu time. Narrator." he asked." and he did not "If you allow no appeal to popular feehng or passion. and the They hold that it is is soul but the body that so. eighty-three. or even in science. Presently I inquired. " If no foreign body gets into the machinery. . "but if man were such a duplex being." I said. " explain the mystery by suggesting that the human frame life to. of liim avIio dies. ." — " 140 The body time ' Aci'oss Ihe Zodiac. is not a clock. But then it is not the worn out in seventy or eighty of the Earth's revolutions. X Seventy . in corresponding to eighty and forty. * Equivalent in time to uinety-three and forty-seven with us effect . answer pursue the theme." | " That seems strange.-|. one hundred and six. as we say. + About ninety in time. it might be that the wearing out of the body was necessary. to what was I so nearly the victim ? And what is the terrorism that makes it daogerous to avow a credulity or incredulity opposed to received opinion ? I could not this question. and had been adapted to release the soul when it had completed its appropriate term of service in the flesh.and most have ceased to take much interest in practical life.

the old democratic usage &. by the lack motives for misrule. and treated accordingly by their fellows. It is held that only wickedness or lunacy can resist the evidence that has convinced a vast majority. multiples of twelve. and which seems by your account ground on Earth. The is authority of each prince over those under him. if is and its decision if is by law irrevocable and infal- especially ratified by the popular voice. are they practically limited " ? "In theory they practice they are are unlimited. appear to represent . captain. tion the chances that twelve By men arithmetical calculaare wrong and twelve thousand * proof." he answered. for practical certainty out. right. and Life. lible.c. The centuries. by caution. and when the twelve still hold they are regarded as madmen or knaves. a council of all the overseers of our scientific colleges called. "in Kmited by custom. hundreds. of above all. on a matter of inductive or deductive are found to amount to what must be taken ." I What are tion ? . But the Executive leaves ordinary matters law to the Courts of Justice. thousands. . frage. of civil or criminal Cases are tried * by trained judges ten.Language. Laws. " is your political constituthe powers of your rulers and how. "Scientific controversies. in the absence of public discussion and popular sufto be gaining " And what. and. not —Ed. from the Sovereign to the local president or absolute. If it be thought desirable to invoke a legal settlement of the issue.. And a majority-vote be worth anything at I think this modern theory at least as sound as the democratic theory of politics which prevailed here before the Communistic revolution. all." 141 "enlist he replied." inquired. our strongest and angriest feelings.

discarded. a acquitted for the time.. each judge takes it home is to con- each writes out his judgment. The rulers cannot. accuser. But any man. And finally. to individuals is too is dangerous to be carried It a capital crime for any but the officers of the Sovereign and of the twelve liegents to possess the weapons that brought our last an end. as a worse superstition than simple decision by The lot is right twelve times in two dozen the jury not oftener than half-a-dozen times. the tyranny of subordinate officials would be checked by their chief. which read by it is. the accused dispute. the secretary. secretary of the Court draws accused. They hear can say. personal malice not a strong passion among us. who would be angry at being troubled and endangered by misconduct in which he fearfully destructive to wars had no is direct interest. all tliat can be elicited from parties. none but the author knowing whose If the majority be live to two. is no decision can be reached. Again. employing untrained juries having been long ago lot. driven to desperation. less. 14of Across the Zodiac. disregard our fundamental laws. judgment is given if the case is tried again before a higher tribunal of If twice as many judges. is in a civil compromise imposed. and our manners it render unlilccly that a ruler should come into such collision with any of his subjects as would engender . tyranny far. . and witnesses. can construct and use similar weapons so easily that no ruler will drive a man to such revengeful despair. without incurring such general anger as would be fatal Gross to their power. or. and all that skilled advocates Then the up a summary sider. The judges don't heat or bias their minds by discussion. of the case.

" it "A clever writer on Earth lately remarked that would be easy or even all the to satiate princes with all personal enall their joyments. too dangerous to be carried far. 143 feeling. he can and does at once get rid as soon as he begins to and before he has cause to hate them. The ladies of a prince's house have everything they can wish for within their bounds and cannot go outside of these. "that we have here. neglect. Activity in the promotion of public objects is the only interest left to princes. Our rulers cannot well hope to extend a power already autocratic. and we take care to leave them nothing to covet in the wealth. nothinf^ what you call a family. and Life. with conflicts. public displeasure. at least of such as are likely to be rulers." . To enrich to the uttermost a few dozen governors costs us nothing compardesire of luxury able to the cost of democracy." like he replied. Neglect. It is our maxim that greed of wealth or lust of power are the chief motives of tyranny. As for dependents. ruler's The officials around a afford person are few in number. for the reasons I have given. is pretty sure to be punished by superior authority. cares for his nearest "and dearest friends enouo-h to incur personal peril. while tyranny is. such a dislike. Of those immediately about him. so that their places too comfortable we can to make and too valuable to be lightly risked. its inseparable party maladministration. members of their family." "You must remember.Language^ Laius. again. way of We can afford to give them all that they can and splendour. no man here. but impossible to satiate hangers-on. or private resentment on their account. save in such exceptional cases as my own. and confusion.

" The Eegent side of that dominion. awaited us in the hall or entrance chamber. . the only Martialist out- my host's family with whom I had yet been able ]\Iy to converse. The side Eegent. and then remained standing." he said. and in the last extremity effect your retreat and return to your own planet supposing for a moment. returning the salute and seating himself. I bowed low to him. pro- ceeded to address us . dently on your account. " that you are a real being and come roof. " added. and I could secure you from danger under my own sage from his Suzerain. smiling. "has called upon me. also saluting his visitor. point of our conversation an certain signs the room and made which my amba entered host immeevi- diately understood. "The Zampta." he At worst they would only refuse you protection. and probably with some mes- You need not be afraid. at once took his seat." he added. " will you point out the person you declare yourself to have rescued from .( 144 ) CHAPTEE VI. " Esmo dent Ecasfcn" said the Eegent. AN At this OFFICIAL VISIT. very little ceremony on either being observed between this autocratic deputy of an absolute Sovereign and his subjects. from a real world. host.

so far exceeding anything known among us." " I am directed. to the Sun. and addressing me thereby. Asnyca. " for the as sky is. which I gave. to inspect your machinery and instruments. 145 assault and received into your house on the 431st day ? of this year " to That me. to You will doubtless be ready accompany me thither to-morrow two hours after sunrise. if you please. You may be accompanied." I replied. In the meantime I am to inform you that. then proceeded The signs you made to those who first encountered you were understood to mean that you descended from the sky. and waist than himself. VOL. " to see this vessel." " I did not descend from the sky. no actual vault or boundary of the atmospheric depths. by your host or any members of his family I shall be attended by one or more of my officers." he answered." — All Official — Visit. I. Eegent. he continued to ascertain the trutli The Campta has requested me regarding your alleged hitherto fore. landed upon this planet in the vessel you mention. in a vessel which is now left on the summit of " yonder mountain. K . pointing The " visitor then asked my name. I ascended from a world nearer and after travelling for forty days through space. I bowed. until my report has been received . theregirth. is the person. and to report thereon to the Suzerain. You will permit me. to size." measure your height and and he proceeded to ascertain that I was about a foot taller and some ten inches larger round the Of these facts he took note." said my host. we both know.

I should per- haps have asked of you a somewhat unusual My daughter Eveena." I asked. in the Court of the Sovereign our Eegent would be called Endo Zampta. All the elder members Eut of my family are engaged to attend at some distance hence before the hour at which you can return. and. " of rank so high customary to address them simply by their unless more than one of the same rank be call present. independently of this consideration. and considered. has been given — in fuller detail to Esmo —until . titles. who. and need not apprehend any molestation of the kind you incurred at first. You will not. the " purpose for which he had Eegent took his leave. you are under the protection of the law. and. when we re-entered my chamber." he went on. but having no office. I should not like you to be alone with strangers favour. the decision of the Campta shall have been communicated to you. " that neither my son nor myself can accompany you to-morrow. as title we do inferior officials. 146 Across the Zodiac. " is the meaning of the title by which the Eegent addressed you ? " In speaking to it is as his. are addressed by their name and their name with the appended. that of their residence dwelling. however. by For instance. asfe meaning a town or me the name of Esmo. in or of the town of Eca. Men of a certain age and social position." I simply bowed my assent and after this brief but sufficient fulfilment of the called. officials." he replied." " . in which case we them. What. like most of our women . usage gives . " I am sorry. I understand. repeat to any one but myself the explanation you have offered of your appearance which.

" he replied." " But. tell when you may be summoned to visit the Campta. forbid strangers to interrupt or take notice thereof. " The only conjecture they could make. It is only by a husband that a girl can. and. it seems that the Regent and any one who might accompany him would draw inferences wliich might not be agreeable to you or to the young lady. All Official Visit.. as a rule. unknown. you have told us She is anxious world or whether after that visit you are likely to return if hither." " I hardly understand you." I inquired. In Eveena's presence the Eegent will find it difficult to draw you into con- versation which might be inconvenient or dangerous and especially cannot attempt to gratify. by questioning you. you do not object to what I confess is an unusual proceeding. therefore. to take Eveena under your charge to-morrow. since she knows neither. vessel. ingly close. 147 (he laid a special empliasis on the pronoun) " has re- ceived a better education than is now given in the public academies. must observe that here family ties are." returned my host . It cannot be usual for a maiden to be attended by father or brother. and I had hoped to take her when I meant to But after to-morrow I cannot visit it in your company. which they will certainly . be attended Our usages render such attendance exceedabroad. " from what you say. I will ask you. as a rule. on the other hand. has been from the first greatly interested in of the your narrative and in all to see your from which you come. any curiosity as to myself or my family." " Is it. " permissible for a young lady to " accompany a stranger on such an excursion ? " but you " It is very unusual." I said.

and to us this close confinement of girls it appears to transcend reasonable restraint. not only by her grace and beauty. known may Now. Across tJie Zodiac. and. year." Eveena's curiosity had in nowise overcome her silent She might possibly have completed her tenth which epoch in the life of Mars is about equivalent to the seventeenth birthday of a damsel nurtured in North-Western Europe. if tliey did. But on " to bind you to any beyond what I am sure to avoid betrayis ing more than you can help of that which outside not my own to this subject I be able speak more fully after to-morrow. —namely. reserve in replying to questions. is that you are. but utterly withheld by the social usages which have grown out of that law. 148 make. but by the peculiar sweetness of her voice and the gentleness shyness. you will do without a pledge household. . I hardly think that I had addressed her directly half-a-dozen times. or are about to Lo. I had been attracted. her." I said. it will be some one of When my own I part witli customs and contra- opinions . " I do not desire. if you will come we shall be in time for the evening meal." " I can only thank you for giving me a companion more agreeable tlian the official who is to report upon my reality. and certainly — I do not see how inference can to affect her. into the peristyle. as dicts the theoretical freedom and equality granted by law to the sex." he continued. married to her and as they will never see her again.. or had received from her a dozen words in return. nevertheless. could not recognise her as they will not to-morrow — know their anjiihing save that she belongs to will not speak to her my household.

and set up a fretful. "It is the rule to deprive of promptly and painlessly. the children. occasion." said Zulve." said life. thouglit unlikely to be pleasant. and devoted herself for half-anchild. my host. found itself alone. so utterly companions. I ventured to On make some remark on the extreme gentleness and forbearance with which not only Eveena but the children treated their peevish and exacting brother." I said. "No. by Nature " in temper or a disposiand nowhere a creature so hardly treated body as well as mind. from life is physical deformity or defect. dis- agreeable even to me. but I had found no opportunity of asking a question without risking an impertinence. adapted to hear in that thin alive to strident. hardly understanding her answer. the mistress of the house. or air. and having exhausted the patience or repelled the company of all the rest. Eveena rose in the middle of a conversation to which she had listened with evident interest.An of Official Visit. which." Indeed. and torturing to Martial ears. and whose descendants might be a burden . however. Instantly obeying a sign from her mother. than usually exasperating. are painfully even loud sounds. " He is no brother " of theirs. hour to please and pacify this uncomfortable The character and appearance unlike all its of this infant. continuous scream. children to whom. harsh. You would hardly find in any family like ours a child with so irritable a tion so selfish. had already excited my this curiosity. 149 in pacifying her manner and bearing when engaged and particularly dispute or diiiiculty among in dealing with the half-deformed spoilt infant of which This evening that little brat was more I have spoken.

the common course of Nature. On these occasions I have rescued from ex- tinction several children of whose unfitness to live." " And " generally such ill-temper and selfishness. is. to preserve children so doomed. according to the standard of the State Nurseries. when we hear in time of their approaching fate. can sign a death-warrant a physician of whom and I. always endeavour. that man should not seek to be wiser than Nature and that life should neither be cut short. one of the exceptional tenets to which I have been obliged to allude. except as a punishment for great crimes.150 to the public It Across tlic Zodiac. after all. and placed them childless. that in families. one or more must be called in to approve or suspend the decision. " found among the deformed ? " I don't think. Of this liis one it was our turn is to take charge and certainly chance better for being brought up among other children. " that this child is much worse than most you call selfishness in of my is neighbours' children. the race." I asked. Precautions against undue haste or readiness to destroy lives that might. and under the influence is of their gentler dis- positions and less exacting temperaments." replied Esmo. them. exfretful. No single physician or physio. though no longer by craft. as our philosophers would say. cept that physical discomfort makes him What him only the natural inherit- ance derived from an ancestry who for some hundred . therefore. or. grow up to health and vigour are provided logist by law. mostly were willing to receive . there was no question. am among the arbiters. and a cause of physical deterioration to however. Those who tliink with me. . nor prolonged artificially contrary to the manifest intention.

and they are certainly unsociable and solitary. A society comof posed of men resembling that child. family affection extinguished. such as it is reputed to have been thousands of years ago. But men. On Earth we should expect them either to tear one another to pieces. Nor even now do I understand how formed of such members can be held together.An Official Visit. " in the wild lands. are governed not only We by instinct but by interest. has become extinct in this planet . and. I should have thought." " better than a have such beasts. withered up. would. be congregation of beasts of prey. and tliey are taught by practice as well as by pre- . force. all weaker for sentiments of regard others were very quickly " . or to relapse into isolation and barbarism lower than that of the lowest tribe which preserves social instincts and social organisation. and consistent purpose little manhood. Experi- ence and school discipline cure children of the habit of indulging mere temper and spite before they come to be men." said Esmo. 151 generations have certainly never cared for anything or any one but themselves." I said but the idea of a so utterly swallowed up in self that no one even thinks interest in others. at least civilised men. necessary to affect regard for and to was me so unintelligible and incona society ceivable that I did not realise the full meaning of your account. I thought I had explained to you by what train of circumstances and of reasoning family affection." " You told me something life it of the kind. but with the in- telligence. and the interest of each individual in the preservation of social co-operation and social order is very evident and very powerful.

for one reason or another. he existence. and the patient utterly unable to protect himself or appeal to the law. though it has utterly destroyed society as a source of pleasure. " confine the principle of euthanasia to infants. an inquest is held and if the medical verdict be quietly and painlessly dismissed from of all Logically. are would live if the right of judging when life worthless to them were left to others. therefore. as I have told you. sound physical conditions of life has not extirpated and in the worst instances . cured. We have means of curing at the which the observance not terminating very speedily in death. is are satisfied that a lunatic cannot be . Egotism." life is I asked. —indeed I know —that applied when the houseis liold have become wear}'. ? and joyless "Only. cept the absolute necessity of co-operation. "in the case of the insane." 1 52 Across the Zodiac. except through accident. A case of hopeless bodily suffering. doesnot occur thrice among tlie whole population of the planet. But the general application of the principle has been suc- cause. cessfully resisted. or do you put out of the world adults whose to he useless supposed. . very rare among a year us. has no tendency to dissolve society as a mere organisation. outset almost all of those diseases for hundreds of generations of ." he answered. "When the doctors approved." " Does your law. the constant anxiety on the ground that the terror it would and alarm in which men had become would far outweigh any benefit which might be derived from the legalised extinction of existences which had become a prolonged misery and such cases. course. the should be applied to pect incurable disease it is same principle and I sus.

The life of most of my countrymen would be to me intolerable weariness. is tired of his life else is at liberty to put an end to and any one may is assist him. Life 'goes out." " Esmo replied with an ironical smile. if only from the utter want. But what tions ? is the most usual cause of death. and the various mental occupations which interest in others affords. after wealth is attained. family duties. the logical conviction. But though the question whether life is worth living has long ago been suit can afford . it is the strongest and the most lasting." " Wliich seems to show that even in Mars logic does not always dominate life and prevail over instinct. fail to 153 our ana3Stlietics seldom extinguish the sense of pain without impairing intellect. that neither nor any other physician can tell lamp when the materials supplying the electric current are exhausted and yet here all the waste of which physic can take cognisance is fully repaired. Of course. settled among us of in the negative. though the clinging to existence all perhaps the most irrational of those purely animal instincts on emancipation from which we pride ourselves.' like a . But. That " is the chief fatal disease recognised by our phy" ? sicians. . and the circuit is not broken. suicide. where neither disease nor senility are other than rare excep- " Efflux of time. any one who it." you." And what is its nature I " Ah. of all warmer and less isolated interest than some one pet scientific purand yet more from the total absence of affection. is outcome that the rarest of all the methods by which life is terminated." An Official Visit.

then ? are all reducible to one — exhaustion much of the will. to recognise a then even the passions die out. to : name or a face any kind of social intercourse answer a question. are the What They symptoms. And yet. It is ceases to care. and shocked the essential man and thinking once more as he thought and willed when he was younger than his grandchildren are now. the self it.. . there is not energy to dress or undress. he would finally lack the energy to eat or even to breathe. prolonged life. is there.. in right of that very knowledge. the : kept alive perforce. or rattier renewed for and I have a time. then too trouble to exert even those all but mechanical powers of thought wliich are necessary to to give an order." ." — 154 " " Across ike Zodiac. finally. by some sijiht chance stimulus that has reached the inner willing throuirh into the thickening veil. till the patient cannot be provoked to rate a stupid amba or a negligent wife . to rise up if or sit down. proof against the wish to keep the life in the flesh for ever. too The patient much trouble to work then . the prime element of personality. all man is alive. too much trouble to read. are. Then the patient is allowed to die this time. It is well that some of us who know best how long the flesh may be kept in life.

which was indeed but the top of lighter than . The material was the silverlike metal of which most Martial vessels and furniture are formed. It was attached by strong elastic fastenings to a frame consisting of four light poles rising from the framework in which the axles turned completely dispensing with the trouble of springs. every spar. any . pole. The body consisted of a seat with sides. which merely served to sustain the equilibrium of the body and to steer. made the carriajre far had seen on Earth. next morning my host where stood one of the carriages I had seen before in the distance. a construction which.( 155 ) CHAPTEE Immediately invited after breakfast the VI I. ESCORT DUTY. back. and cross-piece being a to the gate of his garden. and footboard. Tlie electric motive power and machinery were concealed in a box beneath the seat. while affording a more complete protection from anything like jolting. The steering gear consisted of a helm attached to the front wheel and coming up within easy reach of the driver's hand. with the extreme the metal I itself. but never had an opportunity of examining. the two hind ones by far larger than that in front. It rested on three wheels. me hollow cylinder lightness of . wide enough to accommodate two persons with ease.

by pressing a spring. My host requested me to mount the carriage with him. and the hand which she gave me as a usage I handed her to the seat on my left was bare silver.156 Across the Zodiac. At Esmo's I request. . . loose. who led the way. and Her gloved right hand was fell half-way to the waist. this most important and largest portion of the carriage. This canopy. leaving only the front open. hidden by the sleeve of her cloak that of the left arm was turned back. thickly embroidered within and without with feathers of various colours and sizes. combined in patterns of exquisite beauty. was already seated. observed that on the roofs of all the houses aloncf the road the . — both of convenience and courtesy. which could be drawn over the top and around three sides of the carriage. to stop or slacken the motion of the vehicle. we from head to foot in a cloak of She was enveloped something like swans- down covering her whole figure. When we returned. and liow. not exceeding some ten miles an hour. consisted of a sort of very fine silken material. also how to direct it over rough ground and up or down the steepest slope on which it was available. Eveena appeared. in the present instance. with a companion. The Regent. the Eegent's carriage was standing by the gate. The poles sustained a light framework supporting a canopy. like the ordinary outer garments of both sexes. the Eegent. and as soon as reached the gate. started at a moderate pace. and two others were waiting at a little distance in the rear. and drove for some distance. and gathered in at the waist by a narrow zone of some bright green jewel with a sort of clasp of and a veil of white satinlooking material covered the whole head and face. teaching me how to steer.

Around its neck was a little string of silver. inliabitants 157 . the and these letter-carriers ." I asked. tinted with gold and green. white body. anywhere within a score of miles. but only homewards. besides the ? ambau. wonderfully intelligent and useful creatures tamed to your service. answer. " if we had been less hurried. We have birds on Earth which will carry a letter from " I of a strange place to their home. after we had left. I did not baulk their curiosity by drawing the canopy. and wings and tail. " many more such t}Tee. " Pardon me. " will go wherever they are directed. fjirl I presently noticed xvA\\> that the sleeve. but witli an even larger and stronger beak. had gathered to watcli us and as my com- panion was so completely veiled. and suspended from this a small tablet with a pencil or style. he would have found me." showed a bird about the size of a carrier-pigeon. I said am very glad you have given me the opportunity making acquaintance with another of those curiously tame and manageable animals which your people seem to train to such wonderful intelligence and obedience. like some of the plumage of the head and neck." " These. if not hidden by trees or other shelter. Since by her look and manner she seemed to expect an ." she answered.— " Escort DiLty. held something concealed in her and ventured to ask her what she had there." she said I meant to have asked your permission to bring my Drawing back her sleeve. if they name of have been there before and know the the place and if this bird had been let loose ." " And have your people. she pet esvh with me.

if told beforehand. " Oh yes ! " she answered. and a very sharp powerful beak and four of these carvee would . Some The of them. but a bird that cannot fly. moreover. bring . The Unicorns. and do not trouble their memory with more than two different orders at a time. them the bed where . or came to a road they had point out to to be found. cleverer than others. or egg of such. or and they scarcely ever forget of course. and I think you saw the ambau gathering fruit. Nearly all our domestic lies animals will do anything they are told which within their power. within the whole space over which they move.158 " Across tJic Zodiac. You have field to seen the tyree marchpick up every single ing in a line across a worm or insect. four or even six different kinds at a time rally but geneor we show them a leaf of the plant it is we want. you not seen a big creature I should call it a bird. are blunder. but with a neck half as long as its body. with orders to fetch a certain number of any particular fruit or plant. We can send them. It is not very usual to employ the latter for this purpose. and. There were many beasts of burden before the electric carriages were invented. clear a field the size of our garden (some 160 acres) of weeds in a couple of days. cleverest wiU remember the name and w^ill. perhaps. come regularly to be milked at sunset. so intelligent that I have heard the rider never troubled himself to guide them except when he changed his purpose. as you call them. except in the trees. and is covered with coarse hair instead of feathers ? — Have It is about as tall as myself. will come an hour earlier or later to any place pointed out to them. of every plant in the garden.

sufficient. however. But they are they cannot little used except by the hunters. to let me perceive that it led to the seaport which I have spoken. about six feet long from head from to tail. not traversed before." pass more than one of answered Eveena. Looking back on this of town . tip to and with wings measuring thrice tip. " I have no doubt we shall them on our way. which I think was completed within my grandfather's memory. partly because more than about 4000 feet from the sea-level with a rider. " I have told you. partly because the danger rise thought too great. The now kept for this purpose is the largest only creature of our birds (the caldcda)." she replied. They will sail through the as much and air carry their rider up is to places otherwise inaccessible. 159 where to go." " And. we came to a break in the central footpath. and turning up distance." " Well. and within that height there are few places worth reaching that cannot be reached more People used to harness them to balloons till safely. " have you no animals employed in — actually cultivating the soil " ? except the weeding birds of whom Wlien we have a piece of ground too small for our electric ploughs." No. " I should like to see those machines at work. we found means to drive these by electricity the last great invention in the way of locomotion. and they certainly reduce the soil to a powder much finer than that produced by the machine." Escort Duty." As she crossed on said this we reached the great road I had this for a short my arrival. just wide enough to allow us to pass. He would simply tell them and they would carry him safely. we sometimes set them to break it up." I asked.

we were followed by the two occasion.i6o Across the Zodiac. I observed tliat other carriages I have mentioned. not less completely than ordinary garden England or Elanders. who. The machine having traversed the whole field in one direction. had no other or more difiicult labour than that of turning the machine at the completion of each set of furrows. the plough had to be turned duty required the employment of two men. light. one of which was in course of cultivation. but of much greater size. ploughing at right angles to the former. however. they tore up and broke to pieces a breadth of soil of some two yards. one at each end of the field. and with heavier and broader wheels. The large seeds were placed singly by means of soil iu . In another field. Evidently constructed on the same principle as the carriages. Eveena explained that these fields were generally from 200 to 600 yards square. and proceeding at a rate of about fifty yards per minute. was levelled and fact. On either side of this lay fields of the kind already described. but at some distance. with a dozen sharp powerful triangular shares. a sowing machine was at work. already doubly ploughed. then recommenced its work. and carrying behind it a sort of harrow. such . consisting of hooks hollow. then proceeded up the mountain by a narrow road had not seen in descending it. working to a depth of some eighteen I We inches. When it reached the end and this of its course. and here I saw the ploughs of which my companion had spoken. metallic poles fixed at a supported by of the plough. certain angle to the bar forming the rearward extremity by which the surface . in had seen. the as I soil beaten into small fragments broken up. an instrument resembling a magnified ovipositor.

" she said. These creatures adapt themselves to the shearing machines with wonderful equanimity and willingness. while another arm. and furnish the fibre which is woven into most of the materials we use for dress and other household purposes. " " ? is not that made of t he ^ skin of some animal " Yes. which are shorn twice in the year. " and the most curious creature L VOL. i6i as that possessed by many insects. and. I. " several. so that they are seldom or never injured." I asked. " by inexperienced or clumsy hands ? " Hands. immediately after the rains. " that are " ? Oh yes. and the stalks four different kinds of plants afford materials almost equally soft and fine. " have nothing to do with the They have only to send the animal into the matter. . a continuous stream was poured into a small furrow made by a different instrument attached to the same machine." — Escort Duty. indeed." she said. covered in the furrow and smoothed the surface." she answered. machine. " some score of different wool or hair bearing animals." I said. each goes in of his own accord as he sees his fellow come out." " And have you no vegetable used for weaving " I fibres. placed a little to the rear." " And your cloak. In reply to another question of mine " There are. is The outer dress wear indoors made of a fibre found inside the rind of three or of the fruit of the algyro tree. made a hole in the ground and deposited a seed Eveena explained that where the seed and plant were small." " Xot even." I asked. wliicli at regulated intervals therein." she replied.

It is have heard found only in the northern and all southern Arctic land-belts. my father says." By this time we had reached which the carriages could take us. with a long horny snout. attack while the foot has four fingers or claws with clasps fish or small dragons. seem as if nature had hesito tated between wings and arms. winged as they are. sharp. It is about as large as the .1 62 of. and so liolds them that they cannot find a chance of delivering their electric shock. except the few small ones that are en- couraged because they prey upon large and noxious insects. especially those which it electric dragons of which you have seen a tame and very much enlarged specimen. and has. to which indeed nearly wild animals. which makes these skins by far the costliest articles we use. Unicorns. and the creatures from which they are derived are carefully preserved for that purpose. They have attached them several long. furnished with teeth. so that no animal likes to it . but a very small and not very bird -like head. But for the Thcrnec these dragons. to kill it being for- more than a certain number of each every bidden year. are now confined. like them. featherless quills starting from a shrivelled membrane. except that they Its hind limbs are those flesh have more upon the Its lowest joints and are covered with this soft down. It has a bird's long slight neck. which make them very powerful and formidable w^eapons. Across the Zodiac. All our furs are obtained from those countries. four limbs it but otherwise more resembles a bird. of a bird. front limbs. would make those lands hardly liabitable either for man or other beasts. the utmost point to about a furloncr from . something between a beak and a mouth.

Seeing that the Eegent and his companion had dismounted. for aught I knew. she found no little difficulty in the walk was evident from her turning back both sleeves and releasing her Very soon her bird. attention which I thought . to be heard to point out to the liegent the external structure of the Astronaut. unusual. holding out my hand to assist Eveena's descent. an seemed to surprise her. Her manner and the tone if of her voice made it evident that such an attention. Up easy enough after that it path was the platform tlie to certainly a troublesome and for me. and raising her by the left hand. by Eveena. That expect. a few steps in advance complimentary. of us. turned back from time to time to ask me some At last we reached the summit. I held it fast in my own right. was not offensive but I observed that those following us looked at us with some little and spoke together in words which I could not catch. and certainly did not invite assistance. I was near enough. but the tone of which was not exactly pleasant or The Eegent. who were ward a pace or two of course. Catching her as she fell. begging to be permitted to assist her for the rest of the journey. which hovered closely round her. embarrassments and stumbles threatened such actual danger as overcame my fear of conmiitting what. might be an intrusion. and hardly stronger than a child of the same height and Still my companion did not seem to size on earth. . became steep even and difhcult ascent for a lady dressed as I have described. the platform on which I had rested during 1 v) my descent. I stopped and sprang down from my carriage. here I released my companion's hand and stepped forsurprise. and trivial question.6 Escort Duty. and endeavoured to .

since the crystal was but half the thickness of the wall first took a long look all round the interior. with greater apparent appreciation of I its purpose than should have expected. wliicli I several by liis had not observed while carried companion. " I am afraid you will find some little difficulty in getting into the vessel by the window by authority to I whom wliich I got out. followed by his attendant. Eveena drew back. however. address my explanations as much to liei- as to the was required to render an account." The Eegent. When we joined them. but was . — — at last persuaded to mount the ladder with rest my assist- sill till I followed her and lifted The Eegent had by this time reached the machinery. But from the moment that we had actually joined him she withdrew from all part and all apparent interest in the conversation. which I had indicated. When our companions moved forward to reach the entrance. had brought with him light metal poles. Having done this and opened the window. The nature and genera- . and on the her down inside. ascended the ladder. saying. I found little difficulty in explaining the purpose and working of most parts of the apparatus. to ascend first He desired me and cut the riband by means of which the window had been sealed the law being so strict that even he would not violate the symbol of private ownership which protected my vessel. and he. and was examining it very curiously. and then leaped down. I again offered my hand. ance. followed by his companion. and resting himself upon the broad inner ledge of the window which afforded a convenient seat.1 64 Acj'oss the Zodiac. but wliich being put together formed a convenient ladder of adequate length. I sprang down.

clumsy contrivances for obtaining results which the scientific knowledge and inventive genius of liis countrymen had long ago secured more completely and more easily. not yet as I gathered. and made their comments in a tone too low to allow me to understand their purport. and several . I folIoM-ed him round the interior. he quested permission to remove some of the objects I had left there notably many of the dead plants. kept within but. evidently aware that they hearing of my remarks . barycrite. in his opinion. who had now entered the vessel. The existence of^^such a repulsive force was the point on which the Eegent professed incredulity. were there on sufferance. of course. as it was. I resolved ere the close of the inspection to give him clear — practical evidence on this score. In the meantime. When . so far as I could gather from his brief remarks and the expression of his face. Eveena and other instruments. even conceived known nor. he had completed his inspection. the critical fact on which my whole narrative turned on which its truth or falsehood depended. explaining to him and to the use and structure of the thermometer. by the inhabitants of this re- planet.Escort Duty. But he was puzzled by the combination of such imperfect knowledge or semi-barbaric ignorance with the possession of a secret of such immense importance as the repulsive current. tion of the apergic 165 power I took care not to explain. Most of tliem were evidently. My fair companion seemed to follow officials. The impression made on the Hegent by the instruments. asked no questions. my explanation almost as easily as the Our followers. listen- ing without answer to his expressions of doubt. was one of contemptuous surprise rather than the interest excited by the motive machinery.

1 66 Across the Zodiac. directing it it against him. and. had from its suddenness so shaken her nerves as to throw her into a momentary swoon. result. and to demonstrate the truth of my it story. and with a partly chievous desire to prove to him the substantial reality of objects so closely related to my own disputed exist- ence. sent through a very slight apergic current. I loosened one of the conductors. and which had not been brought away by my host's son when he visited the vessel. while its end hung down towards the floor. than the discomfiture of this exalted official. Of this I suppose Eveena had carelessly taken hold. with him and with Eveena alone serious. after which I drew him back towards the machinery. Turning to interrupt the current before going to his assistance. mechanical. though it could not possibly have injured her. partly mis- in the building. had resulted from my experiment. which I had left. connected with the machinery. and ornamental. books of drawings. I had not noticed that a conductive wire was accidentally in contact with the apergion. adding to them a few smaller curiosities. She was recovering almost as soon as I reached her. prepared for the I was not quite His Highness was instantly knocked head over heels to a considerable distance. I was startled to perceive that an accident of graver moment. Ho summoned his attendant. in my estimation at least. mathematical. and by the time her fellow- . These I begged him to present to the Campta. I was thus calling left upon the intruders to assist. and bade him take away to the carriages the articles I had given him. and a part of the current j)assing through it had lessened the shock to the Eegent at the expense of one which.

and lifted her to I felt. than to offer any due apology to the exalted personage to whom I had afforded much Noting her agitation. I was must admit. possible. occupied some half-hour. whether or not he would permit his resentment to colour his account of facts. leave the Eegent to find his own way out. however. yet energy. than I had seriously intended. much was. and he requested further experiments. my assistance. sufferer 167 had picked himself up in great disgust an 1 partly aware what had happened. and seating her on a rock close promised to return at once. .Escort Duty. was the machinery than to hear my apologies for the accident. He was compelled. I raised Eveena to the window. and out of reach of the apparatus she seemed to regard with considerable alarm. I excused myself. I was more anxious to get her into the open air. not upon himself. of the real if not of of my own substantiality. however. and seeing that she was still trembling all over. She child. more anxious to excuse herself. for meddling with friglitened in the manner of a astonishment. however. which I gave with all possible deference. stronger evidence. I found imofficer By the time the injured had recovered the physical shock to his nerves and the moral effect of the disrespect to his person. however. that I could not the ground outside. the more so that I hardly saw how he could reach the window from existence a repulsive the inside without therefore. and I was aware that I had not entitled myself to his good word. with temper evident enough. listened He but his air of displeasure . to request my help in reaching the window. his anxiety to verify what he had heard entirely occupied his mind. With a few hurried words to him. This. which and spoke. to the ladder.

the latter a bluish lilac. her veil and head-dress I fallen. the precipice below. which concealed. so that even a timid girl might pursue the path without fear. tlie — the whole ground one sheet of On this. Xot merely below but underneath the overhanging edge was a shelf about four feet long and some ten inches in breadth. though at the moment point. how she had reached this A very narrow path. with an outer hedge of shrubs and the summits of small trees. length. when we reached the foot of the ladder. sloped to the shelf But this path ended several feet from the commence- . holding in a half-insensible state to her face outward-sloping rock above her. calling again and hearing what sounded like her voice. covered with a flower equally remarkable in form and colour. Eveena clung. Eegent was calling Eeaching the me in a somewhat imperious but of course received neither answer nor attention. to Across the Zodiac. Eveena was nowliere to be seen. just of tlie platform where the projecting edge precipice below. and in some sort guarded. my alarm. about two inches in diameter. the former being that of a hollow cylindrical bell. I overhung the its recognised if her bird fluttering terror. hardly understood. expressing utter bewilderment as well as terror. the nearest approach to azure I have seen in Mars flowers.1 68 But. spot. I saw. but at one point. Calling her and receiving no reply. I looked over the edge and with some trouble discovered what had happened. but in a faint tone and coming I knew not whither. I ran round the platform to seek her. some hundred feet in down from the table-rock of the summit on which she stood. I could see nothing of her. wings and screaming as in pain or The tone.

and it had so given way as not only to be unavail- able. but a serious obstacle to my passage. without her " Throw your whole weight on me. inent of the tree. I might have been able to leap the chasm . AVhy am " If I to endanger myself " ? to save a girl from the consequences of her folly you do not. slielf. . What if ! " he rejoined." . " You Lose are greater to " mad !" he said. as The Eegent had by this time reached me. " Hold me fast. The only chance was to lift her by main force directly where I stood and the outward projection of the . to hold me with your weight whilst I lean over. " Could I dare return alive I say. and waste no more time " ! as I lean over." life ? times my " ! I cried. " or sit upon me if you like. slightest intention of complying. 169 Across the gap had Lain a fallen with boughs affording such a screen and railing on the outward side as might at once conceal the gulf below. and discerned what had occurred." Escoj't Dzity. rock at this point rendered this peculiarly I difficult. and afford assistance in crossing the chasm. But in crossing this tree Eveena's footsteps had displaced it. " Your chance is ten lose your own life than to save hers. You are twice as heavy as I." I said." The man stood astounded. and you are pulled over I shall probably go over too. " I will fling you where the carcass of which you are so careful shall be crushed out of the very form of the manhood you disgrace. I certainly could not return that of way with burden even so light as that to my precious charge. not by the danger of another but by the demand on himself and evidently without the had nothing to cling or hold by." I swore. Had I had a time to go round.

bird carries to for our lives. or forfeit the . Clasping his arm with my left hand. " Pull back with all your might. especially she would not relax her grasp. seeing how tightly slie still grasped the tough fibrous shoots grow- ing in the crevices of the rock. Eeaching over to the uttermost. and I saw that I might depend at least on his passive compliance. If I go over. the as his hints and ." you do not help me I will kill you you pretend to help and fail me. suggested Home " ! and snatching the tablet round words thereon. I contrived to lay a firm grasp do. The Eegent's countenance fell.I 70 Across the Zodiac. " creature flew off at fullest speed. whereof she had taken hold. " neck. I wrote two the intelligent Now. fatal. whose closed eyes and relaxing limbs indicated that another moment's delay might be fatal. bird. and calling to it. I invoked. But I this would not release the I could hardly drag her up by one arm. this threat failed to Even move him." Then pulling him down with support I must have fallen. I me. that Esmo my request to hold you answerable If awe with which." I cried in despair. " if here and now. if upon her wrist. must Eegent and depend upon his obedience. in utter desperation. you but shall go over too. it did not fail me. and stretching myself over the precipice so far that for this additional reached Eveena. I said. " Give me your hand." I said. Esmo was regarded by liis neighbours and slender as seemed this support. " Give me your hand. fluttering on my shoulder. and let go " ! will To give me her hand was beyond the power of her to let go without giving me hold would have been . its Meantime the a last chance . my experience implied.

I had her. of her age on earth. but yielding instinctively to ditary lesson taught to her sex . I felt the stretching both hands to grasp Eveena. at least — is the natural expression of the outward impulse produced by supreme and agonizing in Mars. fairly on to the platform." I cried. the habit of compliance with imperative command spoken in a masculine voice. nately My . and for aught I know with many Martial damsels. Obedience is the here- by the effects of equality Eveena had been personally trained in a principle long discarded by Terrestrial women and not half aware what she did. swung her she was. and. if you value your life. did not occupy more than a minute in I know not whether my readers can under- . 171 chance of saving her. to the uttermost hold of the girl's whole strength was required to raise her none to spare to force her loose from her hold. with any girl shoulders. " Throw yourself upon me.Escort Duty. man's weight on my body. seeing her safe there. fell back myself scarcely more sensible than The whole action. of this terrible scene. the case would have been hopeless. as in a few more moments she would certainly swoon and fall. which it has taken 30 long to relate. Let go ! cried in that sharp tone of imperious anger which — with some tempers terror. and sit iirm. I caught firm Even now. Fortu- my rough and tight clasp seemed to rouse Her to " eyes half opened. and semi-consciousness appeared " I have returned. and with both arms extended hanging over the edge. she opened her hands just With one desperate effort I as I had lost all hope. and I relaxed my hold on his arm.

and perhaps I was not very urgent I had done no more than any to hurry her away. not. while I retained the full strength of a man adapted to the work of a world where every weight is twice as heavy as on Mars. But hereditary disbelief in any power above the physical forces of Nature. It was an hour before Eveena seemed in a condition to be removed. into the feelings of the fellow - man m'Iio. and danger of tlie situation. and of muscles whose force hardly availed. I mine can convey the impression graven into my own memory. in any law . all the power of a frame in healthful maturity. not even the six Eveena might possibly have weighed on Earth. in my position. and had contrived to restore Eveena's. The strongest man on Earth could not have done what I did could know that no words of . my unwilling assistant had disappeared. have swung a girl of eighteen right out from underneath him. "When I recovered my own senses.172 stand Across llie full difficulty tJic Zodiac. seemed doubled by the tension of the nerves. What I had practically to do was to lift not seven or eight stone of European girlhood. And yet the position was such that all the strength I had acquired through ten years of constant practice in the field and in the chase. lying half over the precipice. could have recognised a choice but between saving and perishing with the helpless creature entrusted to his charge. smaller frame than a healthy French girl of twelve. and to his level. but half that weight. man. must have I can scarcely enter done nnder the circumstances. the lowest and meanest on Earth. own But Eveena was of slighter. never to be effaced or weakened while consciousness remains.

be very agreeable to men older than I was. the perhaps. any man under as it fifty I doubt whether would have been more anxious than myself to cut short our period of repose. I fancy. been. nor perhaps as much grieved as I should have . before departing. The tones and looks of a maiden in such a temper. hardly intelligible human nature of a planet forty million miles nearer the Sun. she was disposed to elevate me into a hero or a demi-god.Escort DtUy. Eveena shared the which she was born. by occasional words and looks that and admiration. when I refused to listen to her tearful peni- tence and self-reproach. broken was. less by the effort than by the terror that preceded it. has rendered to. ideas of the world in Though so far brought up in an affectionate home. however perfect her maidenly reserve. higher than that of man's i 73 own making. to find that Eveena could hardly walk more easily in to the full the value of those novel conditions and felt which arms. and if he counted me a madman. enabled me to carry her the my . At the end of the hour's rest I allowed my charge and myself. and accepted if its standards of opinion and action as natural effort I not right. I was neither of gratitude it surprised. I did. that the risk I had run. I had recovered more or less completely the nervous force which had been for a while utterly exhausted. and reattach the seals. remember was expedient to refasten the window. human nature in ^lars something utterly different from. She rated devotion and generosity as highly as he appreciated extravagance and folly. it had made its its seemed to her scarcely less extraorto the dinary than had appeared Zampta. would. the to save her. either in constitution or even in experience. however.

of course.174 Across the Zodiac. utterly escaped her comprehension. to wiiose care I at once committed her. managed cover her head-dress and veil. the comments of the whole neighbourhood would have been such as might have disturbed even her father's cool indiflerence. at a risk which. was there at present. We reached her home in and with little notice. purpose so neck the tablet which had served its The creature had found his way home little though the meswould have made sufficiently . I might not have cared to counter. . and had frightened Zevle [Stella] not a sage. I was pleased to find that only her younger sister. to the place where — no we had left our car- inconsiderable distance by the path we had to re- pursue. safety. half-an-hour after I dismissed him. having. under en- other circumstances. which a fatal result intelligible to Esmo. effort in though much oppressed even by so slight an that thin riage to air. But had she been seen without it on our return. I took care to detach from the M'ithin bird's w^ ell. in despite of her most earnest entreaties. drawn the canopy around us as completely as possible. the elders not liaving yet returned. Before starting on our return I had.

and a also but you have secured friends support even the anger of a greater than the Zampta miglit break as harmlessly as waves . and seemed hardly to understand the disgust and indignation with which I dwelt upon it. till him." he dangerous one against whose . He without the slightest symptom of surprise or anger to the tale of the Regent's indifference. my host was met at the door with such accounts of what had happened as led at once to see and question his daughter. When I "You have made. had finished "an enemy. however. he had heard her story that I saw More agitated than I should have expected from self- one under ordinary circumstances so calm and possessed. he entered my room with a face whose paleness and compressed lips indicated intense emotion. briefly I told but exactly what had passed from the him moment listened when I missed her to that of her rescue. A FAITH AND ITS FOUNDER. laying his hand on my shoulder. he recovered his coolness. and.— /o CHAPTEE Vlir. After a few moments. It was not. expressed his and tone than in his few broken and not very significant words. therefore. said. and asked me to feeling rather in look supply the deficiencies of Eveena's story. On him the return of the family.

perhaps. I Indeed. I should have decidedly wished so impress her. upon a rock. could I have foreseen it. That you should do your utmost. but no other." some displeasure. though am most thankful to you.. one of ourselves. He behaved only as any one else would have done and it is useless to be angry "svith men for being what they habitually and universally What you did for Eveena. to save her. is consistent with what I know of your ." " You do utterly misunderstand me." I replied with your presence. has been caused by your acts and not by your words. consent to felt so should. if it exist. To avail myself what has since sion on her feelings than happened to make a deeper impresyou might approve would have seemed to me unpardonable treachery. "It may be that Eveena has received an impression which will not be effaced from her mind. at any risk to yourself. "that I may positively affirm that I have spoken no word to your daughter which I should not have spoken in "I think. . my own people When I acman thinks cepted the charge of your daughter during this day's excursion. I thought of her only as every of a young. niiglit have risked for a bride on the I first first day of lier marriage. 176 Across the Zodiac." he answered. to avoid anything that would But that feeling. and gentle girl of whom he has seen and of knows scarcely anything. to I am too unfamiliar with your ideas know whether your remark it has the same force and meaning but to would have borne among it me conveys a grave reproach. pretty. have withheld I my my daughter's request had supposed that you strongly for her. are. perhaps. It may be that this morning.

with more than any incident. from your . no matter by whose fault. " as my race and done." he answered. 177 surprise me. " At any rate. I hope. for the least attractive or least similarly amiable maiden in this planet entrusted to who had been ' my charge." " I spoke and of in the hereditary thought of have spoken All said tliat I said any man trained and rank w^ould any woman committed to his care. wont to pro- voke among his impassive VOL. my charge had died in such a manner under my eyes and within my reach. Faith and its Founder. Terrestrial feelings of honour and even of manhood would have made it easier to leap the precipice than to face you and the world if. neither her life nor yours would have been imperilled. " Eveena alone was to blame and much to blame. and she has perished by my fault or " Not so. She says herself that you had told her to remain where you left her till your return and if she had not disobeyed." I said. M ." I replied. to risk life for When you deemed impossible to return with- out her. race. and did for Eveena. I. you spoke as few among us would seriously speak of a favourite bride." " One hardly expects a young lady to comply exactly with such requests. you were not merely wilhug life. You trusted your daughter to me. how^ever exciting. and ought not much to own account it of what you Zampta. How could any but the vilest coward return and say to a neglect'?" father. I should have felt.— A But. said to the habit of mind." Esmo's eyes brightened little and his cheek flushed a of earnestness or passion is as I spoke.

the immortal human From these neces- and principles of conduct alien to those that have as necessarily grown up among a race which repudiates. probably in ideas. its powers. from our countrymen. will all admire your action They of us motives. and have always been. I than countrymen.178 " Across the Zodiac. That w^e individually differ in therefore. its methods." he said. We have for ages formed a society bound together tenets. from the double lightly. But our organisation. have been in speaking of confers it. I can promise you immediate and eager acceptance among sarily follow conceptions of life tliose invested with the fullest privileges of our order. After what has happened. ignores. to let you the manners and ideas of my perceive not only that I differ from them. that we form is and tenets bership. . I would carry your views so far The best among us would have flinched. they a body apart with laws necessarily know . though. of our own. and. and hates our two fundamental premises. —the Existence. a -with it is avowed or docAll-perfect provable. unless under the influence of the very strongest personal affection. its rules of mem- and and no man's connection its doctrines are. at least suspected." and applaud your doubt whether any as you have done. trines Our chief distinctive and essential you hold as strongly as we do soul. " you have assured me that rather in\'ites honour obliged. secret. Of one thing. peril of which you seemed to think so They might indeed have defied the Eegent but it would have been in reliance on the protection of a power superior to his of which you knew nothing. but that there the proposal I was about to — make are others who think and act as I do. frankly speaking. by our peculiar conduct.

and should certainly suffer frightful havoc. that no one who us but has reason to rue it. including my son and his wife. verified by repeated and injures one of invariable experience." he answered. which is the work of the Novitiate." " But. 1 79 Then. " I suppose your engagement of to-day " ? was a meeting " of this society Yes." I said. offer But if you are disposed to accept at once — and enrolment among us gives you prefer to my your natural place in this planet and your best security against the enmit}^ you have incurred and will incur here — I should make the rest of the explana- must precede your admission in presence of my family. what need of such careful which secrecy " " ? " You will understand the reason. that no mortal enemy of the. belong. Hundreds among millions. The first step. Star has ever escaped signal punishment. when you learn the nature of our powers." I said. the preliminary instruction in our creed and our simpler mysteries. even if in the end we were able to frighten or overcome organisation avowed. " a meeting of the I Chamber to and the elder members of my household. is a solemn epoch in the lives of our children. more terrible for the mystery attending it. we are no match for the fighting force of our unbelieving countrymen." he answered. Eveena would in and any case have . They are not trusted with our secret till tion that we can rely on the maturity of their intelligence loyalty of their nature. were our we might be hvmted down and exterminated.A " Faith and its Foiuidcr. " if you are more powerful than the rulers of your peoj^le. Our safety lies in the terror inspired by a tradition. our enemies. Were we known.

As we approached. and admission on the same occasion and it will add solemnity and interest to her first initiation.I So Across the Zodiac. should be shared this it evening wdth him to since its institution." whom she owes that she lives to enter the society. and I seated myself at . to which her ancestors have belonged We passed into the peristyle. however. and marking that I was no — longer to be treated as a stranger to the family. that on this occasion. the ladies were as but the children had been dismissed. considering her education and intelligence and my own position in the Order. all rose. Eveena rising with difficulty and faltering the welcome which the rest had spoken with enthusiastic earnestness. I observed. however. It been received as a novice within some dozen days. My unusual salute brought the colour back to her cheeks. her father left vacant the place next to her. following the example of the rest. exemption from the usual probation all on proof that you both know therein. that is usually taught . and of the maidens Eveena only was present. Forgetting for the moment the prudence which ignorance of Martial customs had hitherto dictated. will now be easy for me. laid on my shoulder a form very different to the distant greeting I had heretofore received. and she was resting at full length on the cushions with her head pillowed on her mother's knee. Fatigue and agitation had left her very pale. I lifted to my lips the hand that she. that this chief lesson of her life. for lier as for you. to obtain. instead of interposing himself between me and the ladies as usual. but no one else took notice of it. where usual assembled . but shyly and half reluctantly. they the other ladies greeting me eagerly and warmly.

—but I yet earnestly." " Before timidly in you enter on that subject. be. I mean that you and he shall now hear at the same time. " I have told our friend. Faith and its Founder. of which I am a member. but her She would have exchanged her reclining posmother gently drew former position. with a sense of reckless desperation not unlike that with which an artillerist the train ." said my host. I spoke at once upon the impulse fires of the moment. but in of us. This much you know. whose principles are not those of our countrymen. that there is in this world a society. or ever shall anything we can do for our guest. memory what he has done for us — whatever it should cost possess. not in requital. and understood so well the difficulty and . her down to her " Eveena. that I dared not lose the present. though he should ask the most precious thing we it will be our pride and pleasure the greatest pleasure he can afford us — — to grant it. but resemble rather those which supjilied the impulses on which he acted to-day. If there be now. uncertainty of finding future opportunities of intercourse with the ladies at least of the family. anything we can give that he would value. what you know. What you would have learned a few days hence." interposed Zulve most unusual for a lady to interfere her husband's conversation. 1 8 ture for that of the others. " let me on my own part. much more to offer a — for it is suggestion or correction say." The time and the surroundings w^ere not perhaps exactly suitable to the utterance of the wish suggested by these words but I knew so little what might be in store for me. what am sure you must have said already on yours.1 A lier feet.

and has said. what my we wife shall There is nothing we possess that not delight to give as token of regard and in remem- brance of this day to the saviour of our child. have only one thing I care to possess that which I half his fortune. not daring to look them in the face. instead of doing only what only tlie vilest of cowards could have . give me Eveena ." Utilitarianism has extinguished in ]\Iars the use of compliment and circumlocution and until I concluded. by God's help." answered Esmo. "have one treasure that I have learned to covet. and if I had acted from choice and freely. he may offer me what reward I ask. In asking it indeed. but would hardly think it reasonBut you able if I asked for the purse and its contents. or blow liim into atoms. failed to attempt. their looks of mild perplexity showed that neither Zulve nor her husband caught — my purpose. herself. but it is exactly the most precious thing you possess. and one which it would be presumptuous to ask as reward even liad I not owed to Esmo the life I perilled for Eveena.1 82 Across the Zodiac. I feel that I of that cancel whatever claim your extravagant estimate act can possibly ascribe to me. If I must ask a gift. been enabled to save to-day." I said." " We don't waste words." I said. — have. whose explosion may win for him the ohsidional wreath " You and my host. " I find a neighbour's purse containing and return it to him. somewhat sooner divined the object reluctance surprise — was However. a silence — followed. " in saying I confirm fully what we don't mean. and then Zulve bent over her daughter my downcast glance on Eveena of of it of ? ." " If. I had turned —that she had perhaps my thoughts. I fancied for.

as by an instinctive misgiving that Science was right.— A Faith and — its Founder. within a for herself. for nothing can solemnise more appropriately the child will not speak for herself I for her. in willBut. for Eveena had hidden her face in her mother's robe. of one of those in whose possession alone a ." Zulve then looked up. than her admission to the knowledge the time. those wlio clung most earnestly to convictions not acquired or favoured by scientific logic were sorely dismayed. story. of course.vote against them. . and enforced the recognition of its methods as the only ones whereby certain knowledge and legitimate belief could be attained. woman by my house could be safe or content and. I hope. to answer few days at furthest. not so much by the yet informal but irrevocable majority. what I can ing fulfilment of my pledge. in so far as it is mine to give. give is but my free permission to my daughter You will be." " At Esmo when material science had gained a decided ascendant. my and in my own name betrothal of a daughter of the Star. " If and said must speak and in hers I fulfil her And now let my husband tell his father's promise. " heritage. and by irrepressible doubts whether that which would not bear the applica- . while Esmo answered " Wliat you should ask I promised to give what you have asked I give. she freed her father's voice from the rule which the usage of ten thousand years imposes on the daughters of our brotherhood. They were confounded. 183 and looked into lior half-averted face. free by the is law of the land to follow her own wish." of the Order whose privileges are her began.

184 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. I hold that the existence of a Creator and Euler of the Universe can be logically deduced from ing weight. The ' are beyond challenge. the processes of Science. are therefore unscientific. scientific At the same time. are wrong in no the ideas for which they can foundation in the subjects to M'hich scientific method has hitherto been applied. of powers that can act beyond the reach of any corporeal instruments at his command. right in affirming that Their upliolders are what will not ultimately bear the test of their application cannot be knowledge. whom our race has From him came the suggestions that gave ' impulse to our learning and birth to our Order. first principles. tion of scientific metlioJ could in any sense be true or trustworthy knowledge. successors. it may be. and pro- bably — for the practical purposes of human They life we may find say certainly alleging that — cannot be truth. to apply a method to the cherished beliefs threatened only to dissolve them. formity to the laws of thought. untested. only because it the facts that indicate without to systematic proving have never yet been subject scientific analysis. reasonings. and . or without the range of their apj^lication. is not proven . or sure to disappear under scientific investigation.' he affirmed. there Fortunately for them and their was living at that time one of the most remarkable and original thinkers produced. Their trustwortliiness depends not on their subject-matter. but on their own character not on their relation to outward Xature. but on their con. as well as justly inferred from cumulative evidences of overwhelm- The existence of something in ]\Ian that is not merely corporeal. unsifted. verification or But of such facts there exists a vast accumulation.

and not of that material kind to which material science willingly submits.. the physical frame of another without material contact. action of the powers and because in others the uncertain. preserving the evidences of powers which as spiritual. The powers can be investigated. But if they be facts. the senses. whether by every one or only by those special . The men of science ridicule them because is in so many cases the facts are imperfectly authenticated. from utter worthlessness to the worth of the most authentic history. to produce insensibility in surgical of operations — to admit that the will one man can con- trol the brain. the living have alleged themselves from time to time to have seen the forms and even heard the voices of the Scientific men have been forced by the actual and public exercise of the power under the most crucial dead. are narratives of marvels There wrought by human will. dependent on condi- tions imperfectly ascertained. among all races. I can scarcely doubt. but capable. Imt occasionally in recent times. if they relate to any element of human nature. all these things can be systematically investigated. perhaps at a distance. all law^s of All these evidences point to one conclusion corroborate and confirm one another. chiefly in remote. the j)roven from the unproven. A Faith audits Founder. methodical order and There are records and traditions of every degree of value. transcending and even contradicting or overruling the known Nature. tests — for instance. may be generally described Through all ages. Probably they may be so developed as to be exercised with comparative certainty. 185 therefore as yet ineffective for proof. of reduction to scientific treatment. their conditions of action laid down. the true separated from the false.

investigated records. should be carried on in secrecy. and reduced them to something like the first certainty of science. and. its grades and ranks. and transcend in importance. have linked them together by an inviolable bond.' " purely physical which has subsisted in constantly increasing strength and coheFor this end he instituted a secret society. Founder.ards the hioher side of man's nature not to less com- plete than that which science. studied methodically the abnormal phenomena you call occult or spiritual. All that profound knowledge of human nature could suggest to bring its weakness to the support of its strength. The Founder left us no moral code. conducted experiments. its The corporate character of the society. It has collected evidence. I hope. constitutions in wliicli they may inhere. l)y similar methods. But upon them may. has its gradually acquired in regard aspects. and by those who have carried — out his scheme.1 86 Across Ihe Zodiac. the contemporary achievements of physical science. was done by our Founder. sion to the present hour. and given them a strength infinitely greater than numbers without sucli cohesion could possibly have afforded. are matter of deep interest to all its members. Our results have surpassed the practical. Discoveries from the curious and interesting have become more and more complete. and formularies. and effective. persons. be founded a certainty as reG. of our hopes while they equal in certainty. Such investi- gations will at present only enlist the attention of a and care few qualified. that they may be carried on in peace and safety. and enlist both in the work. some of the chief of which belong to us. imposed on us none of his own rites .

rule with us to embody none of our symbols. two settled principles only are down by our aboriginal law. by the gathered experience of ages. the most inti- mate and binding ties among ourselves to defend the Order and one another. For example. We . as he pledged us to none of the conclusions which his own occult studies had led him to anticipate. forms. brief. against all who injure us individually or collectively. and especially against persecutors of the But the few laws our Founder has left are given in the form of striking precepts. and the power conferred by imion. nearly all of which have been Such rules as he imverified by later investigation. fundamental doctrines laid . ' Who kisses a brother's may kick of the Campta. and the prudence of those who had hand to deal with the circumstances of each successive period. Another maxim says.— A Faith and its Founder. are taught to cultivate the closest personal affection.' thus enforcing at once the value ceremonial courtesy. or laws in writing. as well as to leave the utmost freedom in their application. 1 87 most cherished ethical convictions. this manner of statement served to impress them on the memory. and often even paradoxical. reprisal is concentrated in one antithetic phrase : member Gavart dax Zveltd. of life Their theory being utterly utilitarian. We wish to make . the law of defence or Order. never let the Order spare]. whether by strenuous resistance or severe reprisals. gaixirt gedcx Zintct [Never let the As it is a strike. no form is observed that serves no distinct practical purpose. We observe more ceremony in family life than others in the most formal public relations. posed were directed only to the cohesion and efficiency Our creed still consists only of the two of the Order.

Punctilious courtesy. would be visited with instant death. since no member is ever allowed to be poor. to the Order involve compulsory penalties . and the latter. in such a manner that none . honour. among us. at least never take care not to 'jar each other's elbownerves. who never con- work done till the disputants are cordially Envy. frank is apology for unintentional wrong. can hardly been well earned by ancestors its . by tlie reaction of our experience against the rough and harsh relations. Disputes. Not only the Order but each member is bound to take every opportunity of assisting every other by every method within his power. Aliens to our Order —that is. But these obligations are points of honour rather than of law. Principles upon us by tlie necessity of selfprotection have been enforced and graven on our very nature. referred to the sider their reconciled. irreconcilable — inflicted. as it is inflicted upon enemies. with us a point of when by any chance they arise. of external society. we promote them. Eank has its holder. We are careful not to wound the feelings or even the weaknesses of a brother.' or set on edge the teeth that never bit them. Only apostasy or treason holder's benefit. graceful and elegant. if it ever occurred in these days. as well as easy. we give them the preference in every kind of patronage at our command. or in a is and authority few cases by his a trust never to be used for Wealth never provokes covetousness. the jarring and often unoriginally inculcated friendly intercourse. ninety-nine hundredths of our race take delight in the infliction of petty personal annoyance. are arbitration of our chiefs. We employ them. the most dangerous source of ill-will exist among men.— iS8 life Across the Zodiac.

could find him out society. might fling himself from a precipice. but astonishing and even apparently supernatural in their accumulation. indicate the person who has employed them ? " Because." And have ? you. or by whom it was executed." I asked. of course. A traitor would be found of dead with no sign of suffering or injury. In the first place. destroy the avenger. the foundations of our simple creed are so clear. and the physician would pronounce that he had died disease. might be visited with the most terrible series of calamities. " How is it possible means you employ to punish those who have wronged you should not." Here he paused. apoplexy or heart A persecutor. on Earth. Our neighif bours would. to fall into the ordinary Martial Secondly. as " you have no traitors " No. so capable of being made apparent to every one. all distinctly traceable to natural causes." he said. " the means of vengeance are not that the corporeal . are acquainted. that none once familiar with the evidences can well cease to believe them. " no apostates. and often in their immediate appro- priateness to the character of his offence." either disbelieve But surely your countrymen must . might go mad." he said. or one who had unpardonably wronged any of the Children of the Star. could " they — would attempt to its exterminate our they prove agency. none who has lived among us could endure life. in some cases at least. 189 know who passed the sentence. the agency does not in the least resemble or apparently your race any with which our countrymen. all natural in their character." " A could " Faith and its Founder. and I asked.

Over the heart no matter found the only to us. they would say. without the intervention of any material agent. . that every one terrible. and seen all that passed. iu sucli agency. in which case they can hardly fear your vengeance. has been followed by Moreover. symbols suggest a relation between the vengeance and the crime. we do by visible signal and awful disaster. what experience confirms. It is impossible." he said. Each man would but there is ridicule heartily a neighbour for fearing to injure who should allege such a ground . " are held where no human eye can possibly see. that a or the feelings of man should be injured in mind or body. who has wronged us deeply has come to some awe-striking end. " They disbelieve iu the possibility wliile they are forced to see the fact.1 90 Across the Zodiac. in every instance. that the forces of Nature men should be directed against him. or they must believe it. must have found access to your meetings and heard . reputation or estate." " No. no human ear hear what passes. by the mere will of those that will effect." " Our meetings. is . one of us none who is so true to his own unbelief as to do that which. " in the course of generations." he said. image of a small blood-red star case in which any of our sacred symbols are exposed to profane eyes. of criminals who have paid with their by what immediate agency. and then would deem it just and necessary to retaliate." " Surely. you must be often watched and traced and some one spy. for wrong after death the lives. and with your numbers. on one out of a million occasions. who take no traceable means to give At the same time. tradition and even authentic history record." I said.

serene in a dignity too absolute and self- contained for pride. . hair and beard. but with a gold ribbon and emerald symbol like the cross of an European knighthood over the right shoulder. ]\Iars for but gave tokens of age never discerned in last three or four the erect and even stately. of his private Esmo directed our eyes to a portrait sunk in the wall. The white long former reaching the shoulders. give a token and a password. but expressing a consciousness of command effortless over others as evident as the unconscious. and can be passed only by those who And if these could become known to Avould lead to questions that an enemy. the appearance of a stranger would at once expose his secrets. Opening the chamber. was unwrinkled. in a green vesture not unlike his own. this generation. command of self to which it owed its supreme . one which. ignorance of our simplest He would learn nothing. old age. countenance alone bore no marks full. though one who had felt the Tlie It of long since abolished infirmity of advancing years. was that of The form. 1 9 The ChamlDers meet in apartments concealed within the dwellings of individual members. forget. .1. the none could belt. once seen." . and would never tell his story to the outer world. the latter falling to the were not only unlike the fashion of thousand years. with the most striking countenance I have ever seen . a spare soldierly form. It displayed. and usually concealed by a screen which fitted exactly the level and the patterns of the general surface. AVhen we meet the doors are guarded. or rather window. firm in physical as in moral character of intellect calm in the unresisted power and will over the passions. door. A Failh and its Founder.

the Master could still control the wills and draw forth the inner thoughts spirits of their of the living. and perThe brow was fect in shape. and sublime quietude.192 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. yet soul. nising. of that gaze. almost too calm the painted representation in its absolute mastery to be called searching or scrutiin the repose to which restraint . as the face told no tale that a physiognomist could read. The features were large. fixed. proportion. clearly defined. massive and broad. as he had dominated the remotest ancestors. . and outline. but strangely smooth and even the head had no single marked development or deficiency that could have enlightened a phrenologist. across the abyss of ten thousand years. seeming to look through the eyes into the there was an almost mesmeric influence. * * * * . as if. The lips were not set as with a habit of reserve or self-restraint. direct look into your own. The dark deep eyes were unescapable while in presence of the portrait you could not for a moment avoid or forget Even in their living. but close and even as had never been necessary.

( 193 ) CHAPTER IX. in which the wonders of domestic architecture. which had so surprised me by their perfection and beauty. the foundation is excavated to a depth of two or three feet. MANNERS AND CUSTOMS. In the course of this journey I had opportunities of learning many things respecting the social and practical conditions of human life and industry on Mars that had hitherto been unknown to me. and here learned the manner I in process of building. and to appreciate the enormous advance in material civilisation seems which has accompanied what would probably seem to any other Most of Earth-dweller. The material employed in all buildings In the first place. When this has hardened sufficiently to admit of their erection. thin frames of metal are erected. is originally liquid. partly from the explanations of my companion. a terrible moral degeneration. are accomplished. and the Kquid concrete to me. as it poured into the level tank thus formed. Next morning Esmo asked me visit to accompany him on a to the seaport I have mentioned. I. enclosing the spaces to be occupied by the several outer and interior walls. or rather viscous. N . the ground beaten hard. some We passed a house exclusively from what he told me. VOL. these things I learned partly from my own observation.

and in distinct fac- tories. and. continuous stone. As regards the form of the building. the whole mass. but the latter form I is almost exclusively employed for private dwellings. partly by sudden cooling. from the digging and mixing of the materials to their for conveyance and delivery into the place prepared erection of the metallic frames. is . as hard and cohesive as "Where a flat roof would be liable to give way or break to from its own weight. like lustre The jewel- and brilliancy have described are given to the surfaces of the walls by the simultaneous action of cold.194 These spaces are Across the Zodiac. ready hardened and cut into sheets of the brought to the building and fixed in its required size. when the fluid concrete is solidified. it being just as easy to construct a circular or octagonal as a rectan- gular house or chamber . electricity. could not so explain as to render it intelligible to Almost the whole physical labour is done by ma- chinery. and The translucent material for the windows I have described prepared by a separate process. and consequently all the largest Martial buildings are constructed in the form of vaults or domes. roof is constructed in the same manner. to the them by the from the erection is removal of the latter. filled with the concrete at a tempera- ture of about 80° C. The tracery and the bas-reliefs impressed on the walls are obtained by means of patterns embossed or marked upon thinner sheets placed The hardening is effected inside the metallic frames. the principle of which Esmo me. and pressure. the arch or dome is employed give the required strength. is individual or pubhc taste absolutely free. partly by the application of The flat electricity under great hydraulic pressure. being simply one granite.

and by these the meals and other industrial and domestic epochs are fixed. occupies from half-a-dozen to eighteen workmen from four to eight days. of the purchaser ferred. .. the day. like . goes on continuously raised to a great height the electric lamps. waking. after-sunrise. But for purposes of exact calculation. most other labour in Mars. poles. divided in a somewhat The two-hour periods. the next from evening morning. a tintless crystal is pre- The entire work from the the foundation to the finishing and removal metallic frames. of each. It 195 can be tinted to the taste of of building a large house. and the third from morning to noon. as a rule. the popular reckoning. consists of about twenty-four is The Martial day. popularly described as the sleeping. and ^^% respecantoi. but of these the second and last are alone em- .. Two periods of the same length before and after noon and midnight are distinguished as the first and second dark.Keeping. beginning an hour before or mean sunrise. the first and second mid-day zyda. This. is distributed into twelve periods.. of which " mean " and sunset are severally the middle points. place by macliinery. and fore-sunset zyda This is respectively. afford- on hollow metallic ing by night a very sufficient substitute for the light of the sun.. a little more than two terrestrial hours These again are subdivided by twelve into periods of a little more than lom. 2|s. sunrise hours forty minutes of our time. There remain four respectively called the intervals of three hours each. are morning and evening zydau. the All work is done by three relays of artisans till first set till working from noon evening. but. which peculiar manner. and that marked upon the instruments which record time for ordinary purposes. tively . 50s. Time.

divisions of time. and space. Tlie uniform employment of twelve as the divisor distance. and two minor continents in the southern tinents. has all and multiplier in tables of weight. each beginning with the Equinox. common speech. the 669th day being incomplete.196 ployed in Across the Zodiac. and the newyear beginning at the moment of the Equinox with the oth day. In remote ages the lapse of time was marked by festivals and holidays occurring at fixed periods but . as well as in arithmetical notathe conveniences of the decimal system of France. first — is are of no use as accurate divi- Time reckoned. accordingly. time. ocean. and distinguished as the North and South summer But these being exceedingly seventy-six different in duration —the Korthern half of the planet having a days that of the summer exceeding by Southern hemisphere sions of time. The year is divided into winter and summer. the But as regards the larger Llartials are placed at a great disadvantage by the absence of any such intermediate divisions as the Moon has suggested to Terrestrials. are the only well-peopled portions of the planet —the demarcation respectively. and these pass without public observance and almost without notice. of the seasons afforded by the solstices have been comparatively disregarded. Martial civilisation having taken its rise within the tropics — indeed the equatorial con- which only here and there extend far into the temperate zone. tion. except those fixed all anni- by Nature. . the principle of utility has long since abolished versaries. and some others besides due to the greater con- venience of twelve as a base. The revolutions of of the satellites are too rapid and their periods too brief to be of service in dividing their year 66^\ solar days. from the day of the year.

nearly the whole of its population enjoy the advantages of tropical regularity. and one at Outside these the cold of winter aggravated by cloud and mist. which nevertheless remains cloudy . . as the planet during the former. the tropical temperature ranges. the solar disc seems about half as large as to eyes on Earth. according to C. A heavy dew. During the greater part of the year a clear sky from the mornmg to the evening zyda may be reckoned upon with almost absolute confidence. much nearer the Sun On an average. thoroughly watering the whole surface. according to latitude and season. while the periods of sunset and sunrise are. . There are two brief rainy seasons on the Equator and in its neighbourhood. is The barometer records Storms from 20 inches are slight. extending from one to four thousand feet above the sea-level. the summer of the South being hotter and is the winter colder. Erom the dissipation of the morning to the fall of the evening mist. but the continents lying in a belt around the middle of the planet. the time of the day and year. 1 97 The climate is comparatively equable in the Northern hemisphere. to 2 1 each of the tropics. falls during the earlier hours of the night. all Fine nights are at times chilly. and infrequent the tides are insignificant and sea-voyages were safe and easy even before Martial ingenuity devised vessels which are almost independent of weather. marked almost invariably by dense mist. as 1 have already said. rendering the rarity of rain no inconvenience to agriculture. inches at the sea-level. from 24° to 35° place at sunset. A very sudden change takes night frosts Except within 28° of the Equator. and men employed . prevail during no small part of the year. brief.]\Ieteo7'ology.

protecting it from any unpleasant vapours. described a while back. warm skin or fur over- garments. and producing in bulk and forms convenient for their various uses. some chemical. the numerous metals employed in Mars. resembling tufted cotton. were several factories of great extent. Outside the at a distance — a tenacious soil is much tin. which is said to keep in the warmth of the body far better than any woven material. others reducing from their ores. venture out at night. not unlike the sealskin so much affected in Europe.—— 198 Across tJic Zodiac. out of doors from the fall of the evening to the dispersal of the morning mists rely on an unusually warm undersoft leather. forging. purifying. the of its surface being a by oxidation ' Aluminium ? Ed. resembling our own clay. from whatever reason.* It far lighter than has the colour and lustre of only rust produced white loose powder. obtained from the sub-arctic lands and seas. with the habits of the hippopotamus and a fur . which besides were carried up metallic tubes of enormous height. Those of limited means wear a loosely woven hair or woollen over-robe in lieu of their usual outdoor garment. but thicker. wear the warmest cloaks they can procure. and furnished sometimes by a creature not very unlike our Polar bear. and never tarnishes. . Those who can afford them substitute of for the envelope down. but passing half his time in the water and living on fish sometimes by a mammal more resembling something intermediate between the mammoth and the walrus. Women who. The most important of these zorinta is obtained from city. as dress of flexible as kid. some textile. silver.

of formed Martial building. with little interposition from human hands. can take texture. trees. the very machinery being so perfect as to perform. even in the finest and latestAmerican cities. 199 which can be brushed or shaken off without difficulty. from the ment. I purification to the final arrange- saw a mass of ore as dug out from the ground put into one end of a long series of machines. as I have shown. in the form of a thin sheet of lustrous metal. muslin or gauze in texture. were from two to four stories in height. The largest factories. in the country. vegetable fibre In another factory a mass of dry was similarly transformed by machinery alone into a bale of wonderfully light woven drapery resembling satin in lustre. and in the sole material employed form and every which. and its susceptibility to the electric current renders it especially useful for mechanical if purposes. the whole first work. without the slightest manual assistance. which came out. employ but a few hands. which is harder that concrete. at the close of a course of operations so directed as to bring it back to our feet. avenues of magnificent a height of thirty feet over the centre. than granite. whose branches met at Between these and the houses was a space reserved for the passage The houses. would be thought magnificent in The roadway was size and admirable in construction. built The streets were what. that of from that of jewels or of the finest marble to Along each side ran plain polished slate. sole electricity supplying the chief not the motive-power employed in Martial industry.Business. unlike those of light carriages exclusively. . however. Of this nearly all Martial utensils and furniture are constructed.

in a third metal-work. The tradesman sells on commission. and it was either pro- duced there. except writing materials. do not vary from year . around a square interior garden. was of much ground front. the windows. to all the textile fabrics or on sale in the province were warehouses and wires in another . and the business apartments were always the front chambers of the former. In every case he named of the exactly the article he wanted. over a part of the roof of the ground floor. all blocks. phono. however. The footway ran on the level of what we call the first story. as we say. . were built. and paying only for what are sold at the end of each year. looked out upon course employed The space smaller than where ground was less precious. as in the country. reserving to himself one-twenty-fourth of the price. No attempt was made to exhibit them as on Earth. few dwellings having four chambers on the same floor and front. except those for business purposes.200 Across the Zodiac. and telegraphic conveniences in a fourth furs. receiving the goods from the manufacturer. however. graphic. the farmer. be seen in one finished metals in sheets. All private dwellings. seldom happened. while the stores of the merchants were collected in a single warehouse occupying the whole occupied. Prices. all writing. he was told that it was not to be had a thing which. other of two For instance. however. or the State. feathers. however. and of the front rooms this. in a single of One or two firms engaged all branch of commerce do the whole business an extensive province. The at once or traders are few in number. all and fabrics made from these in a fifth. I entered with my host a number of what we should call shops.

and their respective productive force. — — some peculiarly favoured The monetary system. Land. at all. is purely artificial and severely logical. The use of any one article of either class as a measure of value tends in the long-run to injustice either towards creditors or debtors. than might have in the densely but unevenly peopled countries of Europe or Asia. for instance year. an adverse season or a special accident affects the supply and consequently the price of any natural product choice obtained only from fruit. It is held that the exchange value of any article of manufacture or agricultural produce tends steadily downwards. ascertained. tends to become more and more costly. save when. Labour may be considered as the most constant in of sale or barter . and only in proportion if it increase in value. increases is as all produce obtained in greater is quantities or with greater facility. while any article obtained by mining labour. to 201 on rare occasions.Money. and conphilosophers has failed to devise a fixed standard sequently their value in exchange. skins. locality. the primary standard unit of value. therefore. or A For square of about is fifty yards (rather more than represented by a small half an acre). is purposes of currency this . intrinsic value of all things capable but the utmost ingenuity of Martial by which one kind of labour can be measured against another. in their estimation theoretically the best available of value measure —a dogma which has more is if practical truth in a planet where population evenly diffused and increases it very slowly. silver. staltd. One thing alone retains in their opinion an intrinsic value always the same. or supplied by nature alone. like so many other Martial institutions.

is and the fortieth part of an inch in thickness. The immediate convertibility of each such document. its the ultimate cause and permanent guarantee of value. Large payments. or. since not one note in a hundred is ever redeemed or paid if off. as lighting roads and supplying water source. again. notes within safe limits and as a matter of fact they are rather more valuable than the land they represent. in return for the services undertakes." upon which the coinage. measure. following exactly the measure of length. redemption To provide against the possibility of such an over-issue as might exhaust the area of standard land command of the State. 202 Across the Zodiac. The region whose soil is chosen as the standard lies under the Equator. is I may so call based. it is enacted that. let out on terms thought to ensure its excellent cultivation and the permanence of its condition. The " square it. have to be made to the State by those who articles of rent it its lands or purchase the various which possesses a it monopoly . failing this. each larger area in the ascending scale represents 144 times that below it. which can always at pleasure be exchanged for so much land in a particular situation. the holder may select his portion of State domain wherat ever he pleases. at twelve years' purchase of the rental but in point of fact these provisions are theoretically rather than practically important.. Thus the styly being a little more than a . and the State possesses there some hundreds of square miles. engraven on a small piece of metal about two inches long by one in breadth. to districts dependent on a distant Great care is taken to keep the issue of these . engraved document bearing the Government stamp. moreover. and are in consequence seldom presented for therein.

The lowest coin worth about city. after exchanging a few words with one of the oificials in charge of them.ed a large number of instruments on the principle of the voice-writer. and repeats the vocal sound itself. and. Through one of these.twelfth is y-l-^th staXy . 144 times the stdltd. the 203 of the sUdy is about 13 (or feet. Stopping at the largest public building in the central hexagon with a rising a number of smaller hexagons around it. the instrument being so arranged that while the is mouth applied to one tube another to receive the reply.Connminication. gold. we entered one of the latter. each side of which might be some 30 feet in length and 1 5 in height. but the stedtd square stcdy) part of the stdltd. apparently very young. or one. with another method I will presently . made in staltau. perhaps on tliis account. threepence of English money. but conveying the sound to a vast distance along electric wires into one which reverses the voice-recording process. again. Here were rann. Notes are issued : and twelfth parts of this values smaller than the latter are repre- sented by a token coinage of square medals composed of an alloy in which gold and silver respectively are the is principal elements. 360. in circulation represents this last area . foot. strongly interested at the sight of the much-canvassed stranger. may be held to the ear In the meantime I fell in with who was one of the officers. Esmo carried on a conversation of some length. or The stolid. so to speak. The stdltd will purchase about six ounces of for the third. or twelfths thereof. fourth. but all calculations are The highest note. is about 600 yards square. From him I learnt that this.000 square yards. far more obliging than is common among his countr}Tnen.

stantly ejected which a leaf of These were con- The fallen leaves and on the instant mechanically replaced. immense number with a slit ments in about four inches by two was placed. We have just . no addressed. Those who have not leisure or do not care to visit one of the offices. and saying as much as we could write in an average hand upon a large sheet of letter-paper. never more than twelve miles distant from one another. and at once placed in set of exactly similar instruments.204 describe. and forw^arded in the same matter I how great the distance. my friend pointed out an of a box-like shape. can have a wire conveyed to their own house. is Across the Zodiac. and at once reproduced exactly in his autograph. A letter. Any one possessing in the a private wire can write at his own desk it manual slips. tlie sole means of distant communication employed in Mars. blot. in the office nearest the residence of the ^^erson to it is whom manner to him. covering one of these slips. is delivered within five minutes at most from the time of despatch. Almost every house Leading of any pretension posof instru- sesses such a wire. at once reproduces and with every peculiarity. this remarked that method of communication made could privacy impossible. were collected and sorted by the officers one or other of another present. at the nearest office. therefore. Here the copy is placed in the proper box. " how ? we possibly sort have time to indulge in curiosity of these papers in hundreds an We have to hour. me into the next apartment." replied the official. " But. in which the public instruments are kept. or erasure. character a letter or message on one of these Placing itself it in his own instrument.

ance of the ships is The appear- very unlike that of Terrestrial vessels. place them in the proper box. said to be depth and twenty in thickness. beyond which was again a vast conThe inner side was reserved for passenger vessels. ran a road close to the tinuous warehouse. and differ entirely in construction as they are intended for cargo or for travel. to the port. we walked three sides fifty feet in Around dock formed by walls. and touch the spring which sets the electric current at work. ships are in sliape ^Mercantile much like the finest American . landing either passengers or cargo water's edge. enabling the buyer to pay at once by a telegraphic order." I learnt that a post of marvellous perfection had. without even the intervention of a plank. very completely organised.. which in Mars serves much more effectively all the uses of iron. If secrecy were needed a cipher would easily secure it. and these are despatched at once a system of banking. for is . you it will observe that by is this telegraph whatever produced inscribed on the sheet mechanically re- and would be as easy to send a picture as a message. of the business. Purchasers of standard articles describe by the telegraphletter to a tradesman the exact amount and pattern of the goods required. some thousand years ago. but was now employed only for the delivery of parcels. depends on this post. and everywhere the largest ships could come up close. Perhaps half the commerce of Mars. at my request. are constructed of the zorinta. They have no masts or rigging. When Esmo had finished his down. except that in metals and agricultural produce. Comvmnication. 205 time to look at the address. delivered it letters all over Mars.

I think.2o6 clippers. inexplicable and almost gerous nuisance. to be avoided. As we returned. carried process. where an obvious and often danproper place. whether to town away daily and applied natural use in fertilising the it is soil. on the whole. but with broad. which renders overturning almost impossible. and with a hold from fifteen to twenty feet in depth. side. The Campta would wish to see your vessel as well as yourself ." him with the said. Passenger ships more at a time resemble the form of a Six but are alike at both ends. and you will have opportunity of travelling in all the different ways practised on this planet. is. Esmo told me that he had been in communication with the Campta. The seat of Government is by a direct route nearly six thousand miles distant. of I of sewage is far No particle of is waste in its is allowed to pollute the waters. I think it is safer to leave it . may here mention that the system superior to any yet devised on Earth. Our its practice of throwing away. The whole de- odorised by an exceedingly simple or country. and half this number are required for the smallest that undertakes a voyage more than twelve hours. but. " will least possible delay. Like Malayan they have attached by strong bars an external fifty beam about feet from the fish. flat keel and deck. he hurry us in matters where I at any rate should have preferred a little delay. with wliich you are not familiar. A long land-journey in our electric carriages. Across the Zodiac. and. who had desired that I should visit " This. men working in pairs four hours compose the entire crew of the largest ship. material so valuable in seemed to my Martial friends an incredible absurdity. vessels.

to give you whatever he thinks will induce you to settle permanently in the . a great value what you call courage. would have dreamed of incurring such a peril. where it is. so wealthy that they can sacrifice. and since him from indulging this taste in person. Kevima and I propose to during the first part of your journey. our Suzerain may offer you and he is almost sure." And. however great his scientific curiosity. o-ive without and it is considered a grave affront to refuse any present from a superior. and it is difficult to reckon upon his action in all his any given less if it case. 207 accompany you first halt. none the prevents is be perilous . and incurBut I must give you one warning. His character is very peculiar. not common among us to make valuable gifts we do not care enough for any but ourselves to give except with the idea of getting something valuable in return. — unless he should take offence. then. moreover. that your venture through space has impressed him with a very high estimate of your daring. It is ring it alone. for He has. But he differs from nearly his position subjects in having a strong taste for adventure. however." said I. a virtue rarely needed and still more rarely shown among us and I fancy . Whatever." he answered. " that you are more likely to be embarrassed by the goodwill of the Campta than by the hostility of some of those about him. : Our princes are. " what sort of a reception ? may I ex- pect at the end of " my journey I think. Assuredly none of us. At our we " will stay one night with a friend. he the more disposed to take extreme interest in the adventures of others." Etiqziciie. that you may be admitted a brother of our Order.

he presently returned with another gentleman. " that while I wish to remain in your world till I have learnt. Tell and to explore in this for make the Prince suspect him of what you wish world tell him freely of . Mounting home. and on no account." he answered. and. your own. " and for that reason I wish to keep your vessel safe and within your reach for to get away at all you may have to depart suddenly. yet very much more than I at present know about it.. I found. either then or afterwards. this time. 2o8 An'oss the Zodiac. his own carriage." By size. suppose so. Entering alone. it to this . lead him to think that you slight his present. with a white ribbon over the shoulder. of official rank or duties. a badge." But you that such to see will not do wisely to is your intention." I replied. neighbourhood of his Court —you must accept graciously. if you are forced to acknowledge them. the whole purpose of my voyage would be sacrificed if I could not effect " I my return to Earth. let them seem as indefinite as possible. wearing a dress of grey and silver. if not all that is to be learnt. Esmo stopped of the carriage at the gate of an enclosed garden moderate about two miles from Ecasfe. returning by another road. this person accompanied us . he will not readily fancy that you prefer but say as little as possible of your hopes of an ultimate return." " I must say.

the ladies all closely veiled. We arrived at home in the course of some few minutes. leaving several Most of these he filled up. sleeves and gloves. contrary to the wont of maidens indoors. WOMAN AND WEDLOCK. The others stood just behind us. and then.( 209 ) CHAPTER X. and here my host requested us to wait in the hall. She looked through it and replaced it on the table with the gesture of assent usual among blanks here and there. The visitor stood and evinced no by a table on which had been placed the usual pencils or styles. where in about haif-an-hour he rejoined us. Looking among them instinctively for Eveena. agitation or alarm. and wore. leading forward his daughter. inscribed with crimson characters of unusual size. accompanied by all the members of his family. Esmo signed to me also to approach the table. little She held her father's hand. I observed that she had exchanged her usual light veil for one fuller and denser. and a sort of open portfolio. The document was then handed to VOL. hand her people. I. and the official then placed the document in Eveena's hand. on one side of which was laid a small strip of the golden tafroo. o . inclining her head and raising her left to her lips.

Julius (Jules). life he will ensure to her for her fifteen staltau. — Ed.— 2IO me. and in wedlock covenant: Eveena will live with for two years. and here only. employed elsewhere throws no light on it. the part is me is as Eveena. or may represent any one of a dozen English surnames. clothing her to her satisfaction. foregoing during that period the liberty to quit his house. * redaiiiomortd (the alleged arch-traveller). Elias. It may be Alius (Ali). or she shall desire to leave him after the expiration of eight years. was unable to read it. In consideration whereof he will : maintain her. the lady standing beside * Here. I. blurred. or to receive any one therein save by his permission." Such Mars. an annual payment of Neither shall appeal to a court of law or public authority against the other on account of anything done during the time they shall live together. He will provide for any child or children she may bear while living w^ith him. And if at any time he shall dismiss her if or permit her to leave him. The single cipher . of course. The occasion was and I simply intimated my acceptance of the covenants. at a cost not exceeding five staltau by the year. I said so. but Across the Zodiac. on which Eveena and myself forthwith were instructed to write our names where they appear in the above transThe official then inquired whether I recognised lation. or within twice twelve dozen days thereafter. daughter of but the first name written in full . is the form of marriage covenant employed in unfit for discussion. daughter of Esmo dent Ecasfeu. and the official read it aloud " Between Eveena. except for attempt to kill or for grave bodily injury.

and learnt that but the very simplest cookery sional confectioners. awkward mistakes. grain. roasted beverages consisting mixed with a prepared nectar. Esmo. certain tions It Wedlock. The official tasted each remaining. The ladies have therefore . by some process I hardly understand. no doubt. The ladies then retired. and the in article official when two ambau brought refreshments. and the official then proceeded to .1 Woman and Esmo. Every- warmed or freshened on the stove which forms a part of that electric machinery by which in every household the baths and lights are supplied and the house warmed at night. and the vegetables from the garden. the officer preserving one copy. unmarried of men taking their meals at the shop. The preparation juices of fruit. to him. is performed by profes- who supply twice a day the house- holds in their vicinity. his son. affix his however. bride and There was no such difference between her companions w^ould have enabled my but for her dress and her agitation. the others being given to the bride and bridegroom respectively. though I felt 2 1 then struck me that. which enter into the composition thing can be of every meal. I expressed veiled and silent as all were. me positively to distinguish them. are the only culinary cares of the ladies of the family. I took this opportunity to ask some quesall tions regarding the Martial cuisine. the signature had been executed and the agreement filled up to the own stamp in triplicate. pretty of her identity. evidently a tray of offered more as a matter of form than of pleasure. showed that. document and then lifting up that on which our names had actually been written. marriage under such condito might occasionally lead as.

which are human slaves on earth. little — 2 1 very household work. I said to my host " I thought best to raise no question or objection in signing the contract put before me with your sanc- you must be aware. "When the it had retired. with the one unquestionable advantage that they cannot speak. and therefore cannot be impertinent. But there is another point in regard to the contract which you . giving addresses in each of our towns. You it. after which " It will of the latter phrase. and the greater part of almost as useful as any this is performed under their superintendence by the animals. but maintenance or pin-money. which.2 — Across the Zodiac. inquisitive. if only from the curiosity our people would entertain to see you with their own eyes. liquors form part of the Martial diet cotics . necessary. could get a considerable . no means of providing either tion. would attract crowded audiences. would bring you in a very comfortable and you might more than double this by fortune . you chose you might fix your own price on the novel motive power you have introduced. sum if for the exclusive right to take your likeness to explain and. A book and describing the world you have left. to realise a competence in the course of half a year. or treacherous. relating your adventures. No fermented are but some nar- resembling haschisch and official opium much relished. that I have no means here of performing the pecuniary part of the covenant. produced not a amuse- Esmo replied gravely if be very easy for you. in the first place." The explanation ment. wliich little was immediately demanded.

I said " another but kindred Your marriage contract. husband and wife. divorce her except under a heavy penalty." " " How The so ? " he inquired. may say that such charges do not interfere with the free sale of land. unusual in Mars. " Observe. I believe. but which I was bound to bear iu mind." he answered. This is quite right and practically inevitable but it hardly agrees with the theory wliich supposes bride and bridegroom.— Woinaii and Wedlock." I said. question. I reluctance I found myself obliged to I accept a dowTy which. partnership. to enter on and maintain a coequal voluntary to favour the . " at the years belongs to the wife alone. what Eveena would have obtained from any suitor she was But since you left the matter entirely to my discretion. was. however natural and proper on felt. and the State time being trustee collects them from the owner Turning to for the quit-rents are collected in Great Britain or land revenue in India. I am bound to make it impossible that you should be a loser and this document (and he handed me a small slip very much like that which contained the marriage covenant) imposes on my estate the payment of an income for Eveena's life equal to that you have promised her. With much Earth. . like our own laws." end of two The husband cannot a grave pracignore. What you have promised is. " that there is tical inequality which even theory can hardly . appears weaker sex more than strict theoretical equality would permit. They as are registered in the proper office. right of divorce." likely to accept. 213 have overlooked.

" I always held that even . the terms of the contract being voluntary. As you will find. when she has borne two. three. Examine the practical working of the covenants." " Perhaps. it is an inequality which it was scarcely possible to overlook." In our world. " husband and wife are so far equal. to and thereby dependence. Her capacity of maintaining herwhen women did work. Across the Zodiac. where law to create interferes to enforce monogamy. parts with something by the very fact of At the end of two years. or fouB children. You may say that this really amounts to a recognition by custom of the natural inequality denied by law but at any rate." " Surely." I said. effect to the real inequality. where neither is tied to the children. was found practically to be even smaller than before marriage. her value in marriage is greatly lessened. in the days self. that each can make the other heartily glad to assent to a divorce. superior physical The of liberty that is a necessary logical conse- quence equality takes from the of woman her one if natural safeguard " — the man's need her goodwill. and you will find that in affecting to treat unequals as equals they merely make the weaker the slave of the stronger." I replied. it But our law cannot dictate ignores. whose sex ship. of course insist . the terms or numbers of partner- So.. and chiefly through its coarsest element. 214 The wife marriage. equality before the law gives absolute force. not of her affection. an artificial equality of mutual equals. legal interposition did more household quarrels men harm than good. on excluding legal interference in and before the prohibitive clause was generally adopted.

excepted serious bodily injury. to spare her it she must submit to any infliction." he replied " and for a simple reason. " as long as she remains in the house. are secure against gross cruelty." he said. " our efficient antidote to the ferula." I own authority." " So. in poisons. as matter of course and of common penalty. No poisonous plants are grown near our houses and as wives never go out alone. both with its on the same attempt ever if is and visits supreme Consequently. and consequently they have excepted attempts to murder. they have little chance of getting hold of any fatal drug." " Our physicians. I believe that very few attempts to poison are successful. Our law. attempted or accomplished." answered. and if he consent In fact. and to live in constant fear of assassination would break down the strongest nerves. so Wedlock. even when the latter have learned chemistry. he may do any- thing but put her to death on his " Still. he find her out in such an attempt. a wife detected in such an at her husband's life. sense. and poison an Esmo." said " are there many such appeals . . how- may transgress the covenanted limit. puts murder. mercy . she must have frequent opportunity of repeat- ing her attempt at revenge. " are more skilful in anti- dotes than our women ." " And. ? " Not one in two years. 215 they be household slaves. To reduce the its question to lowest terms —malice will always be a match for muscle." rejoined men have perceived. footing." Woman and slaves. as the women have I. from the general rule prohibiting appeals to a court of law. to The owner cannot make life a burden them without imperilling his own.

often thought bitterly. so long as these have but almost the sense not to employ weapons that leave ineffaceable marks. the thing struck to the hammer. indeed. which there books tell is little exacrcreration.6 2 1 Across the Zodiac. partial or total. traces remain at I have the end of twenty-four days the destruction of a limb. and this familiar phrase gives meaning to the saw. Our school text- us that action and reaction are equal and opposite. at the worst. then. they remain sisters as children If women generally had parents. express this truth with a sharpness in . ' She is equal." ' I asked. has given your women a harder and a worse position than that of those women in our world who are. our of the Order. of a sense.' meaning that woman's equality to man is effective than the reaction of the ." " And what. " of that boasted logic and liberality of our laws under which my daughters might have to endure almost any maltreat- ment from their husbands." " and practical monlife Equality. not only by law but by fact and custom. This is so anxiously avoid giving — marriage law could never have carried out the fiction of equality to its logical perfection strosity." ? he said. and that many women have suffered very severely on mere suspicion. though " Yes." he continued. one main reason why we them save to those who are bound by the ties of our faith to treat them as kindly for whom. " the slaves of their husbands ? " and our proverbs." he said made by men. Fdmavh dakdl no more dakh. " of which serious . " is the legal definition of " ' grave bodily injury " Injury. or the deprivation.

'Between Purgatory and Hell. " Woman and leather on the mallet. stars. Zcfoo zevleel. Pausing here himself. dressed as usual. about the same size as my own and similarly furnished. women is are even less given to suicide than men.' " Do you mean suppose to say that that is not exaggerated as ? " I it is. to woman's tongue replies who braves man's hand but when was man or woman wise ? '" — husband. he motioned me to go on. and until his son had somewhat ceremoniously taken leave of me. but differently coloured. marncd. I found myself in a room I had not before entered.' Again. clafte cratheneel. 2 1 7 ' Bitterer smiles of twelve than (referring to the age of marriage). Here were Eveena's mother and sister. with . a woman her shroud. one dream of Heaven ? ' Still puzzled ? ' Between zave the harshness of school and the misery of marriage. now communicating it by a door which I knew had not previously existed. I will only quote one more. and that is two-edged ' Fool lie Fool she who heeds a woman's tears. Here Zulve came to the door and made a sign to her Waiting courteously to ascertain that I had finished speaking. That perhaps the ugliest proverb of its kind. 'A child [cries] for the for a maiden for the matron's dress.— " " " . ' Thlcen dclkint trecn lalfe zevlecn. 'Twixt fogs and clouds she dreams " of stars. and the door parting.' ? What does that mean " Would you not render it in the terminology of the hymn you translated for us. he led me to the door of a chamber next to that I had hitherto occupied. tears of ten ' Wedlock. the illusions of the bride.

I was bride. " No. must be in the last degree alarming and distressing to the bride. intensified the awkwardness alone with many a man on Earth feels when first left the partner of his future life. but was closely veiled in a similar material. my first sentence was a would remove her veil. must. with which — — brate the fulfilment of their hopes. Astronaut we should have been ." . Her mother and sister kissed her with the much emotion. I could not help feeling keenly how much a marriage so unceremonious and with so little previous acquaintance.2i8 Eveena herself Across tJic Zodiac. and placed it in my right a not unmeaning ceremony. wdio remained half- seated. or rather so great a reserve and distance in our former intercourse. But for her visit to the . embarrassing to the bridegroom. But a single glance at the small drooping figure half-hidden in the cushions brought the reflection that a situation. however. was wife. " you must do that. rising. real or affected. half-crouching on the cushions in a corner of the room. almost strangers I I could hardly have recognised even her voice. Having obeyed her instruction. speak and naturally half-articulate request that she — . light pink of a had exchanged her maiden white for the young matron. and the termination of their often prolonged then left alone with my and wearisome labours. though without the tears and alike among nomads of Asia and the most cultivated races of Europe even those relatives who have striven hardest to marry a daughter or sister think it necessary to cele- lamentations.she whispered." Taking off the glove of her left hand. she came up to me shyly and slowly. my lips touched for the first time the brow of my young That she was more than shy and startled.

of it them at the was beyond the power their feelings my imagination to conceive. ciently but certainly far better than theirs. became instantly apparent now that her countenance was visible. I asked what could have induced her to place herself in a situation so dangerous. " I am exceedingly fond of flowers they have been my You only amusement except the training of my pets. or the creation of new ones. indeed.9 Woman and Wedlock. if were at suffi- all to be measured by Eveena's under conditions trying. and resting on a cushion just out of reach. began to talk to her. 2 1 even painfully agitated and frightened. and I was anxious to bring it home and see what could be made of it in the garden. how little occupaof rare tion or interest is The rearing flowers. if with very different emotions. I led her gently back to her place." " But. when the signature of the contract immediately places disposal of an utter stranger. I thought it might be developed into something almost as beautiful as that bright lecnoo you admired so greatly in my employment in intelligence as we flower-bed. is almost the only which we can find exercise for such possess. that flower that grew on that shelf. What must be the state of Martial brides in general. I had never seen before the I believe. " Do not be angry with me now. us." she pleaded. Choosing as the easiest subject our adventure of yesterday. Nothing was so likely to quiet her as perfect calmness on my side and." said I. fast as her own. . it only grows on a few of our higher mountains below the snow-line. " the two flowers are not of the same . can see how little women have permitted to do. though with a heart beating almost as .

almost exactly realising an imaginary flower drawn by my sister-in-law to represent one of which she had dreamed." . but answered "The seedhng or rootlet would be just like the original plant. and colour we wish from something that at first seems to have no likeness to it whatever." She hardly seemed to understand this. I will show you to-morrow what I have done in my own flower-bed. "profess to develop a ." " Some of our breeders.— . management this year a of our electric apparatus. saucer-shaped." she said. and with proper great. size. the difference between the original and the improved form is mere development. and you will have opportunities of seeing afterwards how very much more is done by agriculturists with much more time and much more potent electricities. and I have been told that a skilful farmer will often obtain a fruit. what is more difficult. shape or colour. of no great beauty and conical in shape. and of thrice the size. an animal. to accomphsh anything of the kind and." I said. 2 20 Across the Zodiac. from which I have produced in two years another. to answer exactly the ideal he has formed. any given species but it takes many by picking and choosing those that vary in the right direction. " same family. and." But with care. not essential change. We can often produce the very shape. though I " am not learned in botany. or. if we did not from the first control its growth by means of our electric frames. sort of ideal of generations. But if you will allow me. after all. I accomplished change almost as little I can show you in my flower-bed one white flower. pink. I should say hardly belong to the No.

" I added. it shall you are con- tent that it should. . " for father's seal it seems to be perfectly safe under your and your stringent laws permit." for She made no answer. "if I had known your'object. prize better than I have yet done. however. I property. and she found her voice. evidently much distressed ! ." I replied. I but I entreat you not to venture there again. if time which you tell me I am so deeply indebted. encouraged her. no " she murmured. should be utterly miserable while you were running such a risk again." Woman and Wedlock. to must get these flowers But now. I promise you plenty of specimens for your : experiment." "You are veri/ kind. I ought to deserve my But you seem to have some especial spite against the unlucky vessel that brought me here and that. with an air of absolute consternation. . At all events. you certainly should have had the flowers for which you risked so much and if I remain here three days longer. and to please you not quite a trifle." " returned Eveena earnestly." pain you yet by saying that I hope not do so till it may. Besides. " I had not intended of to so. " but the vessel that brought you here " I will not may take you away. and for such a " It is is trifle. " seems hardly gracious in a bride of an hour. smiling." I said." " You do not mean to go back do to the Astronaut ? she asked. as if some time to afraid or unwilling to say something which rose irrepressibly to her lips. 22 1 "At any rate." " No. and seemed hesitate. A few persuasive words." no such terrible risk to me.

What is it. "I do not customs. neverit theless. lest I should hurt Eveena I am almost afraid you unawares. which cannot yet determine whether I be bound not to appeal against me to am a reality or a fiction too substantial ? Or have I proved my arm a little ? Must the giant promise not to exercise ? the masculine prerogative of physical force safely con- ceded to the dwarf Fie. have found at least that they indulgent and tender to make you much more women than our own and I . though with a faltering accent. "your ideas or I know they are different from ours. child. hope. have any right to " I it do." I asked. lest ten! derness itself should transgress the limit of legal cruelty. which you think the more likely to grant than one and which is so extravagant. and do grave bodily harm like a fairy to a creature so " ! much more than a woman . therefore. Perhaps to treat the matter lightly and sportively would be the course most likely to encourage her to explain " it. But your fear that hesitation and your to ask apologies might make me you are about something which one or both of us may wish hereafter had neither been asked nor granted." She still hesitated and faltered. " stranger of another world of your own race. that you tremble to ask it even from me ? Is too much to the law. you will forgive I me if I ask more than request." could scarcely refuse my bride's first whatever might be. till I began to fancy that her wish must have a much graver import than I at first supposed. but understand. which greatly surprised me when I learned at last the purport of her request." she I said. to touch you.222 Across the Zodiac.

and the desire to give utterwill you say that ance to her wish " I want if — . not at the jesting tone in which I spoke." she said." She was too innocent of such a thought much " absorbed by her own purpose — — perhaps too effort. sent to give such a promise. then. her eagerness at last overpowering her shyness. . that I How ill could I ask you to promise ? may behave as as I please I dare say I shall . it is " If you would con- just one of those we should wish unmade. and even here. the coldest heart could willingly look forward to its dissolution. who hates awaits. I am much know that I don't under- stand where and why your thoughts and ways are so I fancied you seemed to hold the tie between man and wife something more faster more lasting than our contract has unlike ours.Woman and " Wedlock. Well. pray do not play with I me . she looked up anxiously into my I — face. The proverb in earnest. with a desperate in a voice that trembled between the fear of offending by presumption or exaction. where may be broken at pleasure. all 223 reciprocating No." Certainly With us it it lasts for Kfe at least . — by that time you do not think that have been too faulty. I should not have thought that. says. . . on the very bridal eve. to catch the hint of unjust reproach. ' AVlio punishes pardons.' so No. be frightened to tears when you are angry but I shall it never wish you to retain your anger rather than vent and forgive. But — but — I thought — — — — ! — — made " it. no ! " she expostulated. too undeserving that I shall go with you when you quit this world ? " And.

of leaving is " I spoke not. rather than give you up. and she looked up more clear. will rest with yourself. my her words brought over my mind a rush of that horror with which I ever recall the scenes I witnessed but too often at Indian funerals. ting short your I trust you dream life because nature — mine — in the ordinary course of of should end long before the term yours. the only meaning the words could bear. the only obstacle. ignorant whether it had ever been accomplished. and the world from which I came. have given up the whole purpose of my enterprise. mistaking for displeasure . if I when you have not given you cause of lasting take displeasure. " That. But if you accompany me. If you would not go with me." shyly but not less earnestly. and want you to take me " with you when you go. to . my father sometimes speaks." she said hopefully. will never But even of cut- should I hereafter deserve and win such love as would prompt the wish. " I did not make my meaning she replied. go." Then. but half confidently. of course." Her face again brightened." You have ! quite settled in your in truth own mind that I you have now removed. We She drooped blank surprise in bitter disappointment. when he means remind us that death only a departure to another though that was. not so I I long ago.2 24 Across the Zodiac. you v:ill me with you ? Most men do . and have left my friends. was thinking of your journey. as you yesterday created. as this world. I might. I shall certainly try to regain shall go And my own " " planet. wholly misconceived each other.

and the absence of real love even between man and woman the most prevalent characteristic. a wife so true to the best and deepest meaning of wedlock. to the thought. you will probably have a better idea what are the dangers you are asking to share. toils. and even if I were killed. VOL. you wish to go with me. and feel that you last. the hope of living or dying with you . but I have lieard you speak as to break a plighted word were a thing impossible. all its wonders Eveena. were kind " I little to me. and For all I have done and risked P . and at once. But by that time. and certainly had not anticipated. the worst that can possibly befall me to take me gives me '' What can that matter in almost ." by a proof of real affection such as I " she answered." promise. which the language of refuses to furnish. " I suppose ? any case we should escape or die together ? To leave me here is to inflict certainly. when the time comes. that if. of — some Mars " I little thought to find in a world which selfishness seems to be the paramount principle. the word of one who has never lied. I." said hesitating long for expression of tenderness. especially of . this discovery alone is reward in full for all my studies. Still less could I have hoped to find such a wife in one who had scarcely spoken to me twenty .four hours before our marriage. you shall. If my unexampled adventure had had no other reward if I had cared nothing for the triumph — of discovering a new world with perils. I should be with you." I.— lVo?naii and J J ^edlock. 225 promises if not think made " I to much women of promises." I returned earnestly. very much moved had no right to " I give you expect.

.2 26 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. word to give yet more fatal offence in speaking. feeling her better than I . It would not be worth while to record the next hours conversation I would only note the strong and painful impression it left upon my mind. — way. in almost every sentence — whicli could not be wholly attributed to the shyness of a very young and very suddenly wedded bride. . this cowering was so confidence and feel that. suppose that even a brutal master if hardly likes to see a child cower in his presence as constantly expecting a blow evident in a my bride's and demeanour. but scarcely understanding if my w^ords had spoken in my own tongue. passion of love is devoid of tenderness — in which as- serted equality has long since deprived women of that claim to indulgence which can only rest on acknow- ledged weakness —taught me but I too well the meaning of this fearful. or rather not to offend. but afraid at each. for all the risks of the future. trembling anxiety to please. There was enough and to spare of this shyness but more of the sheer physical or nervous fear of a child suddenly left in hands wliose reputed severity has thoroughly frightened her not daring to give offence by silence. as it were. I am tenfold repaid in winning you. began to almost . There was in Eveena's language and demeanour a timidity a sort of tentative fearful venturing as on dangerous ground. Longer experience of a world in which even the first . already. after trying for couple of hours to coax her I into unreserved feminine fluency. evidently touched by the earnestness of my tone." She looked up at these words with an expression in which there was more of bewilderment and incredulity than of satisfaction.

it. which. ceremonial. the unnoticed scratching had been two or three " times repeated. no of the l)laced human intruder. took up. a scratching on the door startled her. bearing on a tray a goblet. The presence of these mute servants generally no more . unpleasant that I set When down it the little its creature departed. and drinking a part grimace of dislike with an effort to control the it it pro- voked. I took no further notice of but. even as now learnt human had ^so servants would be forbidden. venture to disengage herself from the hand which now held her own. there appeared my surprise at her call. however. Shall I tell them to to come in ? " AVhen I released her. thankful . just as I caught a furtive upward glance that seemed to ask what error she had committed and how it might be repaired. however. as tacitly asking As I still held her fast.IVoma/i impatient. she was silent. but flavour was of the vessel immediately. to intrude imannounced on conjugal privacy. to share it that courtesy permitted no I set it A second sign or look. I perceived to contain a any yet is liquid rather different from offered me. It and Wedlock. till moved half-imperceptibly if aside with a slight questioning look and gesture. I tasted the liquid. heeded than that of our cats and dogs but I that Martial ideas of delicacy forbid them. induced me liegarding the matter as draught. as he it on a table beside us. to finish when the down unemptied. and then half -whispered. some trivial but indispensable it . She did not. held up to me again. so evidently expecting and inviting me further demur. but one ambau. but only to be released. Eveena. that. just 227 as was fortunate my tone involuntarily betrayed to her quick and watchful ear some shade of annoyance.

" Of course. on any occasion that is supposed to ." Not yet. without knowing your fault." she said evidently surprised her. it for the diversion had given to my endeavours to soothe and encourage my thoughts. with a smile which seemed . It contained one of I have mentioned so rarely used in this house that I had never before seen or tasted any of them. At the same time I myself became aware of a mental Nor effect which I promptly ascribed to the draught. which would have not to be so I ? been absolutely matter of " except that the doubt I Ought But what made you ask cup'?" " I ? And what had done to displease you. as matter of course. continued my fair com- panion. but of petted children suddenly transferred to a harsh school. just before they sent us the 'courage did not mean to show anything like displeasure. which those drugs was I wrong." she murmured. but given. You speak and look like such a child. But I was thinking then. But for the influence of this still " Are you afraid of me ? " I asked somewhat abruptly. that you remind me not of the women of my own Earth. on nerves or I should spirits. " you expected each moment at least to be severely if not beaten. startled her. involve unusual agitation or make an exceptional call cup have withheld the remark which. startled The question may have by the answer. and I may tell you now." I " replied. as if scolded. nevertheless.2 28 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. After a few minutes it seemed as if she were somewhat suddenly gaining courage and confidence. but I was more in a tone fact. I had resolved to make as soon as I could hope to do so without annoying or alarming Eveena.

only on Earth heart. wife." " lVoma7i to and Wedlock. " ' with a pretty half-mourn- A petted bride makes an unhappy " ' Surely it is no true kindness to tempt last. " a saying "U'heel ' about breaking a butterfly on the — as if one spoke of driving away the tiny would be let birds that nestle your flowers with a hammer. my little flower-bird to chastise till I have tamed and trust her as soon as she shall give reason tendril or flower-stem light " — me if I can find a enough for the purpose ? Will you promise to use a hammer when you wish ? to be rid of her " said she. " 229 But ' me more painful than tears would have been." " and men must AVhy not ? " she asked." us to count on an indulgence that cannot There is among us. " to be amenable ." " Women are supposed. it is mostly woman's tongue that breaks the not in return bruise the skin. We have a saying that the hand may bruise the skin." I said " ." " ful. glancing up for one moment through her drooping lashes with a look exactly attuned to the mingled archness and pathos of her tone. ." I rejoined.' said." I answered. to yourself and feed in To apply your proverbs of ours." she half-playful glance. if please don't speak as as being scolded I should fear anything so much by you. the tongue can break the heart. to realise this proverb Can you not at least me pet and spoil her. "You said to my mother the other day that Arga (the fretful child of Esnio's adoption) deserved to be beaten. to milder influences and a man must be drunk could deal harshly with or utterly brutal before he a creature so gentle and so fragile as yourself. Don't spoil me.' " True enough.

clearly eyes and . the in the ideally perfect outline of face and features flesh noble but even forehead pencilled eyebrows — — the large almond-shaped tlie — smooth. startled chamber. UN TR V D i: I V E. and eyes window of our The first unclosed. so exquisitely delicate. resembling that of an infant child of the fairest and most tenderly nurtured among the finest races of Europe. and features.( 2S0 ) CHAPTER A CO Like XI. as to suggest the ideal Fairy Queen realised in and blood. so absolutely beautiful. I had been accustomed since my landing to wake draught. just within reach of where the sunbeams fell. Eveena stood . "with the first light of its dawn . till deepened and prolonged the rays of sunlight my clear was not came and the full through the crystal roof bridal of the peristyle. a miniature type of faultless feminine grace and beauty. straight. though narcotic sleep. rather than any properly human loveliIn the transparent delicacy of a complexion ness. By the standard of Terrestrial humanity she was tiny so light. my hand. all IMartialists. so perfect in proportion. rather than small: form. the loveliest creature I ever beheld. but the earlier effects were anything but or It stupifying. that my object me into full on which they opened Exactly waking recollection.

slightly compressed. fell almost to her knee and. with the smooth unbroken curve from the ear to the hair. long. save when parted in speech. their underclothing is slight and close fitting. or deforming. the small head. exposed to the cold of the night or the mists. The absence of veil and sleeves left visible the soft rounded arms and shoulders. undisturbed by violent passions. and the perfection of the slender neck. in whose complexion a tinge of pale rose seemed to shine through a skin itself of translucent white . fastened only by a silver band and out behind the small rounded ears. Her long in woven . The hands. of the simplest possible form —two wide . cramp- even as every detail of her beauty bore wit- ness to an immemorial inheritance of health unbroken by physical infirmity. could only have belonged to the child of ancestors more than a hundred generations hard manual ing costume . mouth and small. dark. I discerned for the first time the full beauty of that tinge of gold which varied the colour of the rich. as it caught the bright rays of the morning sun. even regular teeth —the —the rosy litl:le lips. and developed by an admirable system of physical and mental discipline and culture. who for have never known toil. Eveena's thin straight robe. brown tresses.1 A drooping Cotmtry Drive. white. with their long. As her sex are seldom arm. smile. the unsandalled not less perfectly shaped. their or eager attention —she exhibited in most perfect but by no means fullest development the characteristics beauty physiognomy. of Martial feet. rough exposure. slight. and soft. soft. soft fringe 23 lids. or rather the characteristic of a family in which the finest traits of that physiognomy are unmixed with any of its meaner or harsher peculiarities.

scarcely me as my one bridal of gift leave to share its perils. you will have in " to forgive many heresies in my conduct as well as my thoughts. My venture into infinite space involved possibilities of horror more appalling than the mere terrors of death. my I uulikeness in sorry for this. though still half incredulous." But in that matter there was more of love than of choice. was almost pained to be reminded that the service she ! How unworthy so extravagantly overprized M-as rendered to her sex rather than herself. I could not have returned alive and alone. and to are women exact from men almost as close a conformity to that I fear standard as they themselves display. resemble them externally the more all else is likely to attract notice. am because by nature prone to judge even tlieir nearest and dearest by the standard of fashion. you should I be. by the commonplace that . while yet more deeply gratified. " I should wish you more like others than you "VMiatever may happen hereafter. "Wliat I did for you I must have done no less for Zevle pier sister]. feel women in having belonged to one " who life cares for something beside himself. if I did not hold tlie possession of Eveena." You cannot suppose. I shall always myself the happiest of — she — that are." she answered earnestly seemed incapable of apprehending irony or jest. even for the two years of her pro" mise. carissima.2 34 Across the Zodiac. and holds even cheaper than love. well worth dying for The moral gulf between the two worlds is wider than Utterly unselfish and trustful. You asked of I hope so. If I had feared death as much as the Eegent does. Eveena the material.

however. and generally handsome and elegant. The one part of the costume which I could never approve is the sandal. your father will lend us would you like to accompany me to one or two places Kevima has described not far from this. and I fancy from what I have seen of feminine seclusion that an excursion treat to would be If as much a holiday you as to myself. I added "If you prefer to spend our little remaining time here with your mother and sister.vestment of softest hide. liejoining " I my bride. Masculine dress seldom brilliant.— A preferred love to — 235 Coitntry Drive. both fastened by the of leather. as is that of the women. woven of a fabric in which a fine warp of metallic lustre was crossed by a strong silken weft. but convenient and comfortable beyond any other. and silver. was as utterly strange in her own the ideas in which she was educated would life. and " which I am anxious to visit ? She bent her head. . giving the effect of a diapered scarlet belt. seem in mine. I will ask your his carriage. closely fitting is from neck to knees. The outer garb consisted of blouse and trousers. I said have had no opportunity much of this country. . I left her for a few minutes to dress for the first time in the costume which Esmo's care had provided. which leaves the feet exposed to dust and of seeing cold. to preserve natural of all garments the best adapted warmth under the rapid and extreme changes of the external atmosphere. that Eveena's nature world as I had yet to learn. The single under. but did not answer and fancying that the proposal was not agreeable to her. a broad green strap of some species is clasped with gold.

it is the last It did not occur to thing she cares to have. finds that. " What is the matter ? " I asked. to recover herself. " to be so punished? I have not. surprised and puzzled offering as one on Earth who tries to please a woman by her her own way." she faltered. and bid her decide for herself. seemed so comical that difficulty suppressed with a laugh. Eveena . yet did not like to decline it. the clue to which . left the house offer and you it ! me the greatest of pleasures only to snatch " away the next moment. day before yesterday. because for her was evidently no laughing matter. " What have I done. She looked up for a moment with an air of pain and and as she turned away I saw the tears gather in her eyes. or be consulted where her lord To invite instead of commanding her companionship was unusual to withdraw the expression of my own wish." — Across the Zodiac. I said Well. at the as I thought. though half pathetic. proposal. me that. . 236 brother to accompany me. so offered. and trilles. save the this year." perplexity. " After giving her time. deliberately that I did not care for her society. was in Eveena's eyes to mark formally and wish can has a preference of his own." " If I had not told you. you must know that I cannot but wish for your company but by your silence I fancied you disliked my Nay. I suppose we may now join them still mornI ing meal ? Something was wrong. even in taste or a Martial wife never dreams that her signify. " I answered." The expression of surprise and perplexity in her I it face. thougli I willing to part with am selfislily un- you to-day.

I venture to think." I said. " will Eveena still wish to share it ? " Even her mother's face seemed to ask what in the but a movement of the world that could matter you as to ourselves. who answered. " to forget ! how you can know of our customs Of course I must wear my veil and sleeves but to-day you must put on the veil. and this. from six to a dozen larger Of course they cost nothing save the original purchase. I took her compliance for granted. therefore. smiling. as you removed it last night. How little foolish of me. ." " Then." she said." The awkwardness wdth which I performed this duty had its effect in amusing and cheering her and the look of happiness and trust had come back to her counten. ance before the veil concealed it. pre not costly at the outset. .— A and " veil. with some Every house like ours has or lighter carriages. But I have news little for and you which. 237 gathered by observing her shy glance at her head-dress Must you wear those ? " I asked — a question which my thoughts as gave her some such imperfect clue to I had found " to hers. daughter's veiled head reminded me that I was blunder- ing . The morning mist had given place shine to hot bright sun- when w^e started. . and pressing her little hand as she lay beside me. made my request amusement I " to Esmo. will be as to agreeable Your journey must begin tomorrow. Country Drive. At first our road lay between enclosures like that which surrounded Esmo's dwelling. is the only opportunity you will have for such an excursion as you propose. They last for half a lifetime.

than . like the herbconsisting age or fruit shrubs in the of plants developed fields. Even the great fruit trees have undergone size. perhaps. is everywhere perceptible in Mars. from Asnyca some some with artificial . mountains above the ordivated ground. in the man. I learned from her that this distinction Natural objects. and the growth of the trunk. nary range of crops or pastures. and. in feeding. except on the . Presently the lines M'ere broken here and there by sucli fields as I filled had seen in descending with crops of I human food. is artificial. all of which are much more regular. probably through some natural correlation between the different organs. piling their burdens in either case as soon as their beaks were full Pointing out to Eveena the strikinto bass or baskets. more perfect. 238 Across the Zodiac. the arrangement of the branches. pastures. to that absorption of the blue rays by tlie atmosphere.. or darker tints than on Earth bably owing to the much less intense light of the Sun partly. scarcely exists in the belt . but. not only in the form and colour of the foliage. of Equatorial continents the turf itself. flavour. fainter. which diminishes. rocks and soil. I suppose. so to speak. which have been the immediate object of care. ing difference of colour between the cultivated fields and gardens and the woods or natural meadows on the mountain sides. through long ages into forms utterly unlike the native original by the skill and ingenuity of maand appearance of the fruits themselves. terial change. plants or animals. even that But uncultilight which actually reaches the planet. are for the most part proof dimmer. which Unicorns or other creatures were saw also more than one field wherein the carvec were weeding or gathering fruit.

Presently we came within sight of tlie river. said. and it was not without instinctive uneasiness that I trusted to the security of a single piece of metal spanning. so great a space. In some of the lesser pools birds larger than the stork. tame birds. but of plants in whose cultivation utility has been the primary object. In fact. The narrowest point. The first object we were to visit lay at some distance down the stream. Martialists . As we approached the point. bearing under the throat an expansible bag like that of .A is Coiuitry Drive. however. was perhaps a furlong in breadth. have the same delight in bright colours as Orientals. over which was a single bridge. the sides were of open work. with far greater taste in selection and combination and the favourite hues not only of their flowers. formed by what might be as I have called a tube of metal built into strong walls on either river at bank. or the effects of the natural competition. with the dull tints of the undomesticated and Jiora fauna. its were solid. without even the strength afforded by the form of the arch. we passed a place where the river widened considerably. and quadrupeds. The main channel in the centre was kept clear and deep to afford an uninterrupted course for navigation but on either side were rocks that broke the river into pools . contrast signally. of which comparatively scanty remnants were visible here and there in this rich country. fishes. which is in its among plants and animals as way perhaps as keen among men. 239 the case either here or on Earth with those left to the control of Nature and locality. such as here. no less than on Earth. form the favourite haunts or spawning places of the fish. and shallows. floor and only the roof and this.

a space of perhaps some 400 square yards. and they were collected and sorted some which. The fish crowded towards it. being carefully and separately . The fish then floated on the surface. but formed of twisted metal threads with very narrow meshes. at last answered briefly that a stringent law forbids the catching of spawning fish except for . In one of the most extensive pools. I observed that the latter were carefully seized. were required for breeding. with the least possible violence or injury. tliose too small for the one purpose and not needed for the other being thrown back into the water. not unlike those used on Earth. They were watched and directed by a master on the shore. who. and a sudden shock of electricity transmitted througli the meshes of the net. I noted. as well as from the wires of the lamp circuit. as I afterwards learned. however. were seeking for prey. regarding me with great surprise and curiosity. stunned for a few minutes all life within the enclosure. In the centre of tliis an electric lamp w^as let dowm into the water. would contain prey of very considerable size and weight. a couple of men had spread a sort of net. the net was drawn together. though when empty it was scarcely perceptible. and carried to a square tank. that many fish apparently valuable were among those thus rejected. too deep for these birds. which accompanied him. placed by a jerk head-downmost in the throat-bag. the pelican. enclosing the whole pool. fixed on a wheeled frame not unlike that of the ordinary carriage. each fish they took. I spoke to one of the fishermen. some feet below the surface. those fit for food cast into the larger one.240 Across the Zodiac. preserved in a smaller tank. and as carefully disgorged into the tank. which.

Those. But these sea-monsters devour enormous quantities of fish. therefore. This fish- conducted chiefly at night.000 square yards.A breeding purposes. from the spawning ponds and the hatching tanks the latter contained in a huge building. now came to the entrance of a vast enclosure bordering on the river. especially air of the sea- near the mouths of large tropical rivers. for 241 which the season was close-time were invariably spared. for whatever cause. haunt the It is held unwise to exterminate them. and also in clearing the water from carrion and masses of seaweed which might otherwise taint the coasts. since they do their part in keeping down an immense variety of smaller creatures. In sea-fishing a ing is much larger net. whose temperature preserved with the utmost care at the rate found best suited to the ova to the multitude of streams. and lowered only a few inches below the surface. the chief of this service suspends partially or wholly at his discretion. generally of a fish and reptiles. year. the electric lamp being much more effective in attracting the prey. noxious for one reason or another. nature intermediate between seas. sometimes enclosing is more than 1 0. Many large destructive creatures. I. One of its managers courteously showed me over it. the total number left alive is falling off. ponds. Their average increase If at any time it it is to be destroyed each appear that. unfit for food. the greatest fish-breeding establishment on this continent. Country Drive. different kinds of fish are kept Q .deal with them are instructed to limit their numbers to the minimum required. is — — and lakes in which the VOL. or indeed in this world. It is We not necessary minutely to describe its arrangements. and the hunters appointed to . then employed.

enclosed in a case of clear transparent crystal. served the purpose of a barometer.242 during tlio Acj'oss the Zodiac. divided by twelve equidistant lines radiating from tlie centres and suljdivided again and again by the same number. like ours. while the depth of colour in the circle itself. . salt The task by the fact that the and though sea and river fish are almost as distinct as on Earth. the same kind to of water suits all alike. seas of Mars its are not. is of the breeders much facihtated . each kind having own hahitat. whose conditions are carefully- reproduced in the breeding or feeding reservoirs. however. It is necessary. and most complete timepieces I had yet seen and I had on this occasion an opporThe dial was oblong. like every other point affecting the natural peculiarities and habits of the fish. keep the fishes of tropical seas . is attended to with minute and accurate care. One of these circles marked the temperature. The skill and science brought to bear on the task of breeding accomplish this and much more difficult operations with marvellous ease and certainty. graduated from the lowest to the highest degree ever known in that latitude. and streams in water of a very different temperature from that suited to others brought from arctic or sub-arctic climates and this. . tunity of examining it closely. largest. On one of the buildings I observed one of the most remarkable. somewhat resembling in form the open portion of a mercurial At the top were three circles of different barometer. Another indicated the direction of the wind. A showed The third coloured band lost. several stages of their existence. colours. Exactly at the uppermost point of each was a golden indicator. graduated in a manner carefully ex- plained to me. but my notes of which are the exact force of the atmospheric current.

the latter half -green and half-black the former portion representing the colour of the day- emblematic of night. these ribbons when unrolled forming a perfect record of temperature. their phases exactly the actual place of each in The two Moons were at each also figured. while the movement of the inner circle fixed with equal accuracy the period of day or night. This band stretched right across the face .. 243 immediately below indicated by the variations of tint the character of the coming weather. The central portion of the face was occupied by a larger light sky. the nature of wliich of the "reat circle each large clock emits for a couple of minutes a species renders me unable to describe : — my viz. moment being accuAround this circle was a narrow band divided into strips of different length of various colours. and an hour before. Tour times during the revolution of chime. On this circle the Sun and the planets were represented byfigures whose movement showed the celestial sphere. each representing one of the peculiar divisions of the Martial day. A Coitntry Drive. atmospheric pressure. at average sunrise . that point which came under the golden indicator showing the zyda and the exact moment of the zyda. ignorance of music when the line dividhorizontal at noon ing the green and black semicircles is and midnight. and position rately presented to the eye. observer could learn the Below were other circles from which the amount of moisture in the atmosphere.— . in the form of a curve a register kept for more than 8000 jMartial years. wind. below circle. and the Each of the six smaller electric tension at the moment. and so forth. it were figures indicating the day of the year. circles registered on a moving ribbon the indications of every successive moment. the intensity of the sunlight.

It . and when we remounted our carriage it seemed to me only reasonable that Eveena should be weary both in mind and body." She promised. as the first point of the coloured strip distinguishing each several zyda reaches the golden indicator. " we will finish our excursion. — —I fancy while it pene- would be perfectly trates to an amazing easy. therefore. to regulate all clocks by mechanical control through the electric network extended all over the face of the planet but the perfect accuracy of each individual timepiece renders any such check needless. to return at once. becomes perpendicular. is so distinct that appreciated it. Further. and of course it would be most inconsiderate to measure your endurance by my own." I said. Of these again each is peculiar. The examination of this establishment occupied us for two or three hours. then. that the hour of is the day or night represented as accurately as on the Equator itself. even in the immediate vicinity of the clock. I proposed. ever they should be called. the black or diminished and green semicircles are so enlarged by mechanical means. so that no one with an ear for music can doubt what is the period of tlie day announced. The sound is never. a single slightly prolonged sound what is known on Earth as a single chord is emitted. equal. if needful. unpleasantly loud distance. but against this she earnestly protested. " "Well. and we drove on for another hour in . The individual whateven I character of the several chimes. or peals.244 and sunset. In those latitudes where day and night during the greater part of the year are not even approximately . I do not know what exertion you can bear. Only remember that whenever you do feel tired you must tell me at once. tunes. it Ac TOSS the Zodiac.

meadows. the highest peaks rose to perhaps 1500 the average summit being about of the half that height. she thought. but not worth the labour of subsequent close cultivation. reach to a higher level than about 400 feet this and above we had to ascend on foot by a path winding through supposed to be natural. above the general level of the plain feet. Any lady belong- ing to a civilised people. each of which lasts for about fifty days.A Country Di'ive. Where our road large groves brought us to the foot of the first slope. as thus provided Esmo had me not being fortunate enough to find private employment. worth planting once for with the most nutritious herbage. enabled to prove to my companion first me with equal clearness that since its neglected. winding up the slope. quickly undeceived me. and accustomed to a country . afforded means of bringing down in waggons during the tw^o harvest seasons. whose fruit contains a sort of floury pulp like roasted potato. though the irregularity of their arrangement. and the encroach- ment of one species upon the ground of another. 245 the direction of a range of liills to the north-eastward. he pointed out to us the narrow road which. Encountering one of these. were planted on ground belonging to the State. the fruit of these groves. which fur- nishes a principal article of food. is for. all planting the pasture had been entirely It was. and tenanted by young men told be- longing to that minority which. The trees do not . beyond. pointing out the prevalence of certain plants peculiar to the cultivated pastures we had to seen in the plain. predominant as These were so no leave reasonable doubt that they had been originally sown by the hand of man. Eveena. which I at first however. cahmjra. The lower and nearer portion 400 feet of this range might be .

Our guide informed me that in many cases tanks were covered with the for doors crystal employed it and windows. latter hut considering have perceived all that how seldom the opportunities she had her home. higher hills were collected in a vast tank excavated in of her jDerception not a little of the first ascent an extensive plateau at the mid-level.000 square miles in extent. The tank was about sixty feet in depth. and finally oxygenated or aerated with which has undergone a . inhabiting a some 10. But tliis purity would by no means satisfy the standard of Martial sanitary science. shone directly upon the surface. and perhaps a mile in length. how few to see anything of practical agriculture. and the correctness of her inferences The path we pursued led The waters of the directly to the ohject of our visit.246 life. The water itself was of wonderful purity. which supply water district of popu- lation of perhaps a quarter of a million. Its sides and bottom were lined with the usual concrete. but in the pure air of these hills such a precaution was thought unnecessary. may It is contain is supposed then passed through several covered channels and mechanically or chemically air cleansed from every kind of inorganic impurity. At the summit we met and were escorted by one of of extraordinary purity to a the ofhcials entrusted with the charge of these works. still high in the heavens. as would have been exceedingly costly. subjected to some violent electric action it where it is till every kind of organic germ to be completely destroyed. upon Earth might had left easily Eveeiia discovered. with half that breadth. the quickness surprised me. it In the first is passed into a second division of the tank. Across the Zodiac. })lace. so clear that the smallest object at the bottom was visible where the Sun.

if their theory were " more convey the microscopic seeds of disease even and universally than the water. They maintain that all such diseases are caused by organic self-multiplying germs. who ascertain that it has contracted no impurity either in the course of its passage through hundreds of miles of cally examined by officers piping or in the cisterns themselves. the water is cesses. pronounced impure and passed through further proOnly when the contents of the bottle remain absolutely dark. tion. " it would scatter freely it them more widely. air into which no can possibly enter. a pliial of water is taken out dust or matter capable of scattering the light. The Martialists consider that to this careful purification of their water they owe in great measure their exemption from the epidemic diseases which were formerly not infrequent. or of even such low organic true. in the midst of an atmosphere whose floating dust renders the beam visible on either side. to cisterns equally air-tight in every house. either of disease.A Coitntiy Drive. while perfectly transparent to the light. life as can propagate itself it. but does not enable them to penetrate and germinate in the body half so easily as . so that the phial. If this beam detect any perceptible process. nevertheless interrupts the lute darkness. The water in these is periodi- from the waterworks. I suggested that the atmosphere must. is it beam with fit a block of abso- considered for human consump- It is then distributed through pipes of concrete. Doubtless. At every and examined in a dark chamber by means of a beam of light emanating from a powerful electric lamp and concentrated by a huge crystal lens. 247 stage in this yet more elaborate purification. and laugh to scorn the doctrine of spontaneous generation." replied our guide.

and the explanation given me. did not. manner of men. than is possessed by the most accomplished of Terevidently studied physiology . the careful isolation of destruction of all infectious cases. some sharpness to the tone of my remonstrance with her. I . of these works of course occupied us for a long time. has in the course enabled us utterly to destroy them. after the her. restrial pliysiologists. the extirpation of one disease after another. however. to detect the fatigue she anxiously sought to conceal works. . The examination miles of ground. but when we left the was more annoyed than surprised to find that the walk down-hill to our carriage was too much for The vexation I felt with myself gave. guided by knowledge far more accurate. when conveyed by the lining of tlie You must be aware inhaled air before it that upper air-passages arrests most of the tlie impurities contained in comes into contact with the blood in the lungs themselves. Moreover. water. I had been too keenly interested in the latter part of should leave our work unfinished." This did not seem to me their consistent with the constill fession that disorders of one kind or another not infrequently decimate highly - bred domestic animals.248 Across ihe Zodiac. and obliged us to traverse several More than once I had suggested to Eveena that we on every opportunity had insisted that she should rest. and the or of ages every article that could preserve convey the poisonous germs. feel competent myself to argue the question with one much more deeply than and had mastered the records of an experience infinitely longer. however the human race itself I may have been who had secured against contagion.

Mars such from bees and and They feed on the Mars birds nectar. the Martial con- Its light clinging stems astyra's arched branches overhead. and busied in recalling ' what I had seen and heard. I half led. reminds me in practice of that promised by women on Earth in their marriage-vow — and never paid or re- membered afterwards. and you have let . make These their nests in the calyx or among size of lovely little — about the a hornet. and the petals.A " I Country Drive. ami you promised. syrup. farina. in which the artificial flowers of are peculiarly abundant. and finding that her strength down the remainder During our of the hill and placed her in the carriage. scarlet. with wings as large as those of the . which take the chief part in rendering to the flora of services as the flowers of Earth receive butterflies. Committing the carriage to the charge of an amba. whole flock of and foliage hid the and formed a screen From its bells flew at our approach a the tiny and beautiful caree. however in theory. perhaps to displeasure. I was heartily glad for her when we recjained the gate of her father's warden. on either side. white. to tell 249 you felt tired ! bade you. me as soon as tire me almost strict you to death Your obedience. but perfect birds in miniature. or striped or variegated with some or all — of the glorious leveloo. crimson. sweet or bitter." as I certainly should have doue had I guessed my sake what impression my taciturnity made on companion's mind." \vas utterly exhausted. —gold. other secretions. half carried Eveeua along the avenue. I carried her She did not answer. overhung with the grand conical bells these colours volvulus. green. Ascribing her silence to I did not care to return neither of us spoke. make conversation. habit or fatigue.

the conversation of last night " beauty recalled and breaking off unobcsvce. combined and intermingled in marvellously minute patterns. Eveena started and looked up. from the exquisite decorations and jewel-like masses of domestic and public architecture to the magnificent flowers and fruit produced. They signally contrast the vivid that only the records of past ages can trace or the searching comparisons of science recognise them. and never failing to catch with quick intelligence the sense of the most epigrammatic or delicate metaphor. from originals so dissimilar taste of Japanese artists. and splendid colouring of objects created or developed by human genius and patience. Above two hundred varieties distinguished by ornithologists frequent only the domesticated flowers. served a long fine tendril of the leveloo. as if stung by a serious reproach. I am told that the present race of flow^er-birds themselves are a sort of indirect creation of art. each exclusively frequents trast to the far tinier and those which haunt the cultivated bells of the levcloo present an amazing con- and far less beautiful caree which have not yet abandoned the wildflowers for those of the garden. by the labour of countless generations." IsTever forgetting a word of mine. The flight of this swarm of various . and colour according to the flower . Fancying .— 250 Across the Zodiac. fine and feathery down equally most shy and timid of all creatures familiar with the presence of Martial humanity. and soft — are perhaps the are all of those subdued or dead tints agreeable to the and perhaps to no other. I said lightly Flower-birds are not so well-trained as bam- bina. largest Levantine papilio. They certainly vary in size. The varied colours of their plumage. shape.

" if I . glancing up in utter surprise. Seriously. Then she murmured sadly did not think of offending." Are you not angered now ? she asked. till in her own chamber. see I can keep again. indeed. I would not allow her to speak." ! You are hard to please. But had blistered my feet. that overpowering fatigue had so shaken her nerves. But I did not understand liow much she had been distressed." " No. but never let me if tire My flower-bird cannot take wing " she anger me " in earnest." I replied. until I can measure your strength more truly. bambina I knew no better. cloak and veil thrown aside. " Girls so seldom pass the gate. Taking both the little with a smile she did not hands in my left. 251 . . " to visit a first fault " with the whip. never again let me feel that in inviting your company I have turned my pleasure into your pain. " I But you are quite right disobedience should never pass. ill- " she said. I laid the " tendril on her soft white shoulders. penitent submission. You you my word . but so gently that in her real distress she did not feel the touch. and the leveloo had been a nut. see.— A Country Drive. or I should not have been so stupid. or the sight of the leveloo." she urged. drooping like a lily beaten down by a thunderstorm. and men never walk where a carriage will go. her sleeveless arms folded behind her. ]\Iy eyes. with a pretty assumption of usage. she stood beside my seat. once more in earnest. answered her and a sweet bright smile broke through her look of frightened. the fruit was worth the scratches." " Certainly not.vine. as tendril and snapped " Cruel ! she snatched the it in my hand.

when you speak me . You always talk when you sting (scolding) silence frightened me so. before the colours have gone round on the dial " tired of her. citlier of blisters or stripes " You ! will teach me No. -D" A cross the Zodiac. lying. and very unto please grateful. to read my face. " ? my cliilJ." for fear ? Crying You I did well to break the leveloo ! And Not so you think must be tired of my ? bride. we came home " You were and I was ? thinkinsj over all I had seen. Wliat do you know." she " I said. even with you. . . who and talks air [makes conversation]. tell If you is wish to anger a man. " Besides. nestling in the cushions at knee. Forgive me. ? can you not trust " me to take you my own pleasure The " silvery tone of her low sweet laugh was truly perfectly musical. like a child my better assured of pardon than of full reconciliation. and seeking with upturned eyes. are pleased. find her in the cushions You will like a little longer to when you are vexed or idle . tually for the " " " But I sealed her lips effec" ? moment. The lipyou nearly heard " . me crying. child. Why did you not speak as tired. " it is very naughty to laugh. in earnest despondency." " I him that he do nothing but misbehave." she said." . but is it real " ? kindness to say what I should be very " silly to believe You will believe wdiatever I tell you. you know I don't mean till tliat But you ! will take me with you sometimes I learn better If you are going to leave me at home for in future " " My child.

child. learn if you will teach her. in your tongue." she pleaded earnestly. and pLayed with for lack of better employment ? We shall never understand each other. It is easy for you to see through her empty head : do not give her up till she has had time to look a little way " into your eyes. added." " What more can I be ? But don't say we shall never understand each other. and never asked . you want your esve to be happy." " Ah. -oj but you don't want her where her ignorance wearies and her weakness hampers you." I answered. and not be so afraid of hurting her. to be caged at home." " Are you an esve. my love. You bought my heart. as if she expected sweets from both hands." Eveena. Zevle gave hers more But. and cannot yet be in your hands. ironical comparison. I am. yes " she said softly. slaps and fewer sweets. and it learned sooner. almost as much pained as touched by the unaffected humility which had cepted and carried out so ac- my . " one simple magnet-key would secrets unlock the breast whose it seem ! so puzzling but has hardly a name . like me. it Xo other vian would have done — in our world.A Country Drive. not only to She will try hard to fly straight and play prettily. " It took time and trouble to make my pet understand and obey each word and sign. I could half understand the prodigal heart that would buy a girl's life with yours. answering that the terrible till my gesture of dissent " but they say all hargynda will stand by his dying mate he is shot down." she . when you bought my life. " you gave it me do you think I have lost it in two nights ? But the esve cannot be loved as she loves her master. and all that is bound up in yours.

Bought twice over. — 54 Across the Zodiac. ? She dares not struggle in — much more did she deserve and rapped for fluttering in that which saved her life. or that There is a chant young girls which tells Her tones lips fell so more than I can say. given her by lips which softear. " Never human lips have kissed Flower-biid tamed 'twixt mist and mist Bird so tamed from tamer's heart Night of death shall hanlly part." suffused cheeks and moist eyes hidden from as the lips murmured their loving words into my sight my ear. when she wonthe hand that snatches her to be rated dered at the look that watched her so quietly.— 2 . do you think she knows not what to expect bought from the nest . like a flower-bird tamed at last ? Do you think that name. her rose- the cost. ? did not it flies home. when "Though she is the nestling never looked from under the wing." . She continued almost in a whisper." low that I should have lost them. the patience that soothed and coaxed her to perch on the outstretched finger. . caged by right as by might was her thought midnight to your eyes. the hand that would not try to touch lest it should scare her. ened even their words of fondness for her go to her heart straight as the esve could ever be forgotten are fond of. had her not actually touched my ear while she chanted the strange words in the sweetest notes of her sweet voice ' ' : Never yet hath single sun Seen a floAver-bhtl tamed and won Sun and stars shall quit the sky Ere a bird so tamed shall flj''.

propelled by a . a light ladder not three feet long was ready to assist our descent to the deck. The next morning saw our journey commenced. Esmo and his son accompanied us. portfolios. or at least convenient. road beside the point at Half an hour brought us to the and a few minutes more to the which a boat awaited us. assistance in seeing that Esmo and needful. while I simply stepped rather than jumped to the deck. between scene tunate in escaping the actual parting Eveena and her family. were packed in light metallic cases adapted to the larger form I was forof carriage whereof I have made mention. The difference of size between the Martial race and my own was forcibly impressed his son found this upon me. The road being some river. leading the way in one carriage. and lifted Eveena straight from her carriage to her seat under the canopy that covered the stern Intended only for of the vessel. models. with my own and my books. and specimens of Terrestrial art and mechanism. river navigation.( 255 ) CHAPTEE XIL ON THE RIVER. wliile Eveena and myself occupied that which we had used on our memorable trip to the Astronaut. eight or ten feet above the level of the water. and my own leave-taking was hurried. Eveena's wardrobe.

the forecastle. Eveena. as we followed the course of the stream. in order to enjoy the effect and observe For the first few miles the details of the landscape. but unsuccessfully.— 256 Across the Zodiac. if I may so call companions. the mountain on whose summit cular to tried with my bino- discern the Astronaut. seeing my eyes fixed on that point. at a distance varying from three to five . drawing about eighteen inches of water and rising about five feet from the surface. the trees on the lower slopes intercepting the view. one the central part on either side machinery. however. The vessel was flat- bottomed. " Not yet. on the left as we ascended I the stream. Then we interior height order not to strike passed. small screw like two ing horizontally . leaving an which obliged me to be cautious in my head against every projection or roof. fishtails set at riglit angles. which usually travels some thirty miles an hour." Presently. speed of the boat. of we lost sight altogether the rapidly dwindling patches of colour representing the enclosures of Ecasfe. which elicited from me the excuse "That mountain has teresting than those of for me remembrances more in- my voyage. The stern apartment was appropriated myself and to our my the bride. On our left. AVe spent the whole of the cabin the support of purposely slackened the and day. or even than the hopes of return. extended her hand and gently drew the glass out of mine. our voyage lay through the open plain. work- the vessel had but two cabins." she said . on deck. of occupied by the to it. the boatmen having berths in the of corners machine-room.

have explained. as I birds. of a form and dark grey plumage. and was consequently thoroughly cultivated and more densely peopled than most parts even of the Equatorial zone. Most had a tunnel pierced under the road bordering the river. and The irrigation. still but a few feet above the level of but in the distant sky we discerned some which from their immobility and fixedness of outline I soon discovered to be snowcrowned hills. K different .On the Rive7'. than those to the northward. and narrow in proportion to their depth the largest occupying no more than from one hundred and fifty to two hundred yards of the bank. and perhaps some forty miles distant. seemed to be aware of the stringent protection they enjoyed from the law. On our right tlie plain dipped below the horizon while the river . 257 miles. the smaller from half to one cpiarter of that length. the enclosures on either bank were continuous. for use. through which the water was admitted to their grounds and carried in a minute stream around and even through the house for ornament rather than objects like white clouds. The valley is one of the richest and most fertile portions of this continent. but constantly increasing as the stream bent to the northward. They came up to our boat VOL. but hardly less graceful. river itself was embellished with masses of water-flowers and water. since every house in a district so populous has a regular artificial water supply. lower. was the mountain range I had scanned in my descent. . is not required. the largest somewhat exceeding the size of a swan. the smallest scarcely larger than a wagtail. however. I. An immediate river frontage being as convenient as agreeable. .

258
aud fed out out
ness.

Across the Zodiac.
of Eveena's

hand with perfect fearlessany of them to be equallyfamiliar with myself, my size probably surprising them as much as their masters, and leading them to the same doubt whether I were really and wholly human. The lower slopes of the hills were covered with orchards of
I could not induce

every kind, each species occupying the level best suited to it, from the reed-supported orange-like alva of the

lowlands to the tall astyra, above which stretched the timber forests extending as high as trees could grow,
while between these and the permanent snow-line lay
the yellowish herbage of extensive pastures.

A similar

mountain range on earth would have presented a greater variety of colouring and scenery, the total absence of
glaciers,

difference.

even in the highest valleys, creating a notable The truth is that the snows of Mars are

nowhere deep, and melt in the summer to such an extent that that constant increase whose downward
tendency feeds Terrestrial glaciers cannot take place. Probably the thin atmosphere above the snow-line can
hold but
that the

watery vapour. Esmo was of opinion snow on the highest steeps, even on a level plateau, was never more than two feet in depth and in more than one case a wind-swept peak or pinnacle was
little
;

kept almost

clear,

and presented in

its grey,

green, or

vermilion rocks a striking contrast to the masses of creamy white around it. This may explain the very
rapid diminution of the polar ice-caps in the
either,

summer
;

of

but especially of the Southern hemisphere

and

also the occasional appearance of large dark spots in

their midst,

where the shallow snow has probably been swept away by the rare storms of this planet from an

On
extensive land surface.

the River.
It is supposed that

259
no inconsur-

siderable part of the ice and

snow immediately
;

rounding the poles covers land
parties

Lut,

though balloon

have

of late occasionally reached the poles, to

have never ventured

they remain there long enouirh to
fact.

disembark and ascertain the
to the north,

Towards evening the stream turned more decidedly and at this point Esmo brought out an instrument constructed somewhat on the principle of
a sextant or quadrant, but

without the mirror, by

which we were enabled
the angles.

to take reliable

measures of

By

a process which at that time I did not

accurately follow, and which I had not subsequently

the means of verifying, the distance as well as the angle

Kevim^, after working out his father's figures, informed me that the highest peak in view the highest in Mars was not less than 44,000 feet. Xo Martial balloonist, much

subtended by the height was obtained

less

any Martial mountain-climber, has

ever, save once,

reached a greater height than
at the sea-level being scarcely

16,000 feet

—the
with

air

more dense than ours
associated

at

10,000

feet.

Kevima indicated one spot in
remarkable
interest,

the southern

range

of

an
of

incident which

forms an epoch in the

records

Martial geography.
feet

A

sloping plateau, some
is

19,000

above the
forests

sea-level,

defined with

remarkable

clearness

in the direction from

The
of

appeared to

which we viewed it. hide, though they do not
its

course actually approach,

lower edge.

On

one

side

and to the rear
it

it

is

shut in by precipices so

abrupt that the snow
the remaining side

fails to cling to
is

them,

whde on

separated by a deep, wide

26o
cleft

Across the Zodiac.
from the western portion of the range.
centuries

Here

for

were visible the

relics of

an exploring

which reached this plateau and never returned. Attempts have, since the steering of balloons has tecome an accomplished fact, been made to reach the point, but without success, and those who have approached nearest have failed to find any of the
party,

long-visible remains of

an expedition which perished Kevima, thought it probable that the metallic poles even then employed for tents and for climbing purposes might still be intact but
four or five thousand years ago.
;

if so,

they were certainly buried in the snow, and
it

Esmo

believed

more

likely that even these
of

had perished.
retreated to our

As
cabin,

the mists

evening

fell

we

which was warmed by a current of heated air from the electric machinery. Here our evening meal was served, at which Esmo and his son joined us, Eveena resuming, even in their presence, the veil she had worn on deck but had laid aside the moment we were alone. An hour or two after sunset, the night (an unusual occurrence in Mars) was clear and fine, and I took this opportunity of observing from a new The scintilstandpoint the familiar constellations.
lation so
characteristic of

the fixed

stars,

especially

in the temperate climates of the Earth,
perceptible.

Scattered once
it

was scarcely more over the surface
easier than in space to
;

of a defined sky,

was much

recognise the

several

constellations

but their

new

and strange situations were not a first sight, some of those which,
being

little

surprising at

as

seen on Earth

revolved slowly in the neighbourhood of the poles,

now

not far from the tropics, and some, which

;

On, the River.

261

had

their place within the tropics,

now

lying far to

north or south.

Around the northern
as

pole the

Swan

swings by
indicate

its

tail,

in our skies the Lesser Bear

Arided being a Pole- Star which needs no Pointers to
its position.

Vega

is

the only other brilliant

star in the immediate neighbourhood; and, save for

the presence of the Milky
the arctic circle
is

Way

directly crossing

it,

distinctly less bright than our own.

The south pole
turus,

lies in

one of the dullest regions of

the heavens, near the chief star of the Peacock.
the

Arcthe

Great

Bear,

the

Twins,

the

Lion,

Scorpion, and
of

Fomalhaut are among the ornaments the Equatorial zone the Cross, the Centaur, and
:

the

Ship

of

our antarctic constellations, are visible

far into

the northern hemisphere.

On

the

present

occasion the two

Moons were both
was

visible in the west,

the

horns

of

both crescents pointing in the same
in her last, the other in

direction, iliough the one

her

first

phase.
in a

As we were watching them, Eveena, wrapped
cloak
of

fur

not a

little

resembling that of

the

silver fox,

but far

softer, stole

her hand into mine

and whispered a request that I would lend her the instrument I was using. With some instruction and
help she contrived to adjust
it,

her sight requiring a

decided alteration of the
the two
eye-pieces
;

focus and an approach of

the eyes of her race being set
in

somewhat nearer than
ance.

an average Aryan countenlittle

She expressed no

surprise at the

clear-

marked enlargement of the discs of the two satellites, and would have used the instrument to scan the stars and visible planets had I
ness of definition, and the

262

Aci'oss the Zodiac.
tlie

not insisted on her retirement;
as is

light atmosphere,

always the case on clear nights, when no cloud-

veil prevents rapid radiation

bitterly cold,
to

from the surface, being and her life not having accustomed her the night air even in the most genial season.
could, of course, see nothing of the country

As we
informed

through which we passed during the night, and as

Esmo

me

that

little

or nothing of special interest

would occur during this part of our voyage, our vessel went at full speed, her pilot being thoroughly acquainted with the river, and an electric lioht in the bow enabling^ him to steer with perfect confidence and safety. When, therefore, we came on deck after the dissipation of the morning mist, we found ourselves in a scene very different from that which we had left. Our course was north by west. On either bank lay a country cultivated
'

indeed, but chiefly pastoral, producing a rich herbage,

grazed by innumerable herds,

among which

I observed

with interest several flocks of large

birds, kept, as

Esmo

informed me, partly for their plumage.
brilliancy

This presented

remarkable combinations of colour, far surpassing in and in variety of pattern the tail of the peacock,

and often

rivalling in length

and delicacy, while

exceeding in beauty of colouring, the splendid feathers

which must have embarrassed the Bird of Paradise, even before they rendered him an object of pursuit by those who have learnt the vices and are eager to purchase the wares of civilised man. Immediately across our course, at a distance of some thirty miles, stretched a range of
mountains.
I inquired of

Esmo how

the river turned

in order to avoid them, since

no opening was visible

even through

my

glass.

On
"

the River.

263
at the
of our

The proper course of the river," he said, " lies But this would take us out foot of those hills.

road, and, moreover, the stream is not navigable for

many

stoloi

above the turning-point.

We

shall hold
till

on nearly in the same direction as the present
land at their foot."

we

And how," I said, " are we "At your choice, either by
"

to cross

them ? carriage or by

"

balloon,"

"There is at our landing-place a town in he said. which we shall easily procure either." " But," said I, " though our luggage is far less heavy than would be that of a bride on Earth, and Eveena's
forms the smallest portion of
it,

I should fancy that

it

must be inconveniently heavy
" Certainly,"

for a balloon."

" but we could send it by mountain roads. The boat, however, will go on, and will meet us some thirty miles beyond the point where we leave it."

he replied

;

carriage even over the

"

And how
Not

is

the boat to pass over the hills

"
?

"

over, but under,"

he

said, smiling.

"

There

is

no natural passage entirely through the range, but there is within it a valley the bottom of which is not much Of the thirty miles to be trahigher than this plain.
versed, about one-half lies in the course of this valley,

along which an

artificial

the
six,

hills at either

canal has been made. Through end a tunnel has been cut, the one of

the other of about nine miles in length, affording a

perfectly safe

and easy course
all

for the boat

;

and

it

is

through these that nearly
" I

the heavy

traffic

passing

in this direction is conveyed."

should

like," I

said, " if it

be possible, to pass

through one at least of these tunnels, unless there be

or rather pictures. " They are low. rather than as the principal element of food." Eveena now joined us on deck. As their training and . taken by the light-painting process. as relish and supplement to fruits." " Nothing. or the luxury of man. the sustenance. which I hope herewith to remit to Earth." he replied. on the mountains themselves something especially worth seeing. but in witnessing the even those destined only to serve as food or to furnish clothing. of most.264 Across the Zodiac. I have drawings. who have To describe any considerable number of the hundred forms I saw during this short period would be impossible. and farinaceous dishes. and eggs and milk enter into the cuisine far more extensively than either. none much exceeding the height of that from which you descended. their extreme tameness indicate. flesh and fish are used much as they seem to have been in the earlier period of Greek civilisation. domesticated and trained for one or other of the many methods in which the brutes can serve the convenience. In fact. Those animals whose coats furnish a textile fibre more . Animal food is eaten on ]\lars but the flesh of birds and fish is much more largely employed than that of quadrupeds. domestic creatures. and we amused ourselves for the next two hours in observing the different animals. and which at least serve to give a general idea of the points in which the Martial chiefly differs from the Terrestrial fauna. indeed with tenderness. and without either the neglect or the cruelty which so revolt humane men treatment of Terrestrial animals by those personal charge of them. of which such numbers were to be seen at every turn. are treated not with gentleness. vegetables.

was always exaggerated Thus the clncrve is loaded with long plumes. The angasto has its hair or wool so long that limbs are almost hidden. while the it almost daily eggs as large as those of ostrich all and of peculiar richness and if flavour. This was not the effect of mere novelty. or the Hke. so that the graceful peacock-like neck and shoulders appear as the huge proportions of the body. has the hinder part developed to an enormous size. It seemed to me that an extreme quaintness char- acterised the domestic creatures kept for special purposes. The calpcrze. or rather of monstrosity. a bird no larger than a Norfolk turkey. as the goose of same popular repute for sagacity European farmyards. and Creatures valued for their incapable of flight. feathers. exquisitely beautiful. free also from the greasi- ness of the sheep. . longer. some single feature into disproportionate dimensions. resemble reindeer and goats than sheep wool is and less curly. for csve. Nearly the domestic birds kept for the sake of eggs or feathers have wings that look as are they had been clipped. sometimes twice the length of the body. their 265 .time. in the tresses that hang from the body half way to the ground. the River. and the are totally unfit to raise it if lost in little wings lays in the air . however dissimilar creatures to Terrestrial species. animals like the aniba and birds like the trained to the performance of services congenial to their natural habits.On softer. But in the bred to furnish wool. had not the same air of singularity. so fly nor run and though its plumage . that is it can neither and curled upward at the extremity. the creature itself It bears the is simply ludicrous. just before shearing.

flesh and fish much as they seem to have been in the earlier period of Greek civilisation. and which at least serve to give a general idea of the points in which the Martial chiefly differs from the Terrestrial fauna. I have drawings. but in witnessing the even those destined only to serve as food or to furnish clothing. taken by the light-painting process. none much exceeding the height of that from which you descended. " They are low. which I hope herewith to remit to Earth." " Xothing. or the . more extensively than either. rather than as the principal element of food. who have To describe any considerable number of the hundred forms I saw during this short period would be impossible. are treated not with gentleness." he replied. Those animals whose coats furnish a textile fibre more . as relish and supplement to fruits. As their training and far are used their extreme tameness indicate. domestic creatures. on the mountains tliemselves something especially worth seeing.264 Across the Zodiac. of which such numbers were to be seen at of the every turn." selves for the next Eveena now joined us on deck. and eggs and milk enter into the cuisine in many methods convenience. of most. vegetables. and farinaceous dishes. indeed with tenderness. In fact. Animal food is eaten on ]\Iars but the flesh of birds and fish is much more largely employed than that of quadrupeds. the sustenance. or ratlier pictures. domesticated and trained for one or other which the brutes can serve the luxury of man. and we amused ourtwo hours in observing the different animals. and without either the neglect or the cruelty which so revolt humane men treatment of Terrestrial animals by those personal charge of them.

the creature itself It bears the is simply ludicrous. some single feature into disproportionate dimensions. The calpcrzc. for esve. as the goose of same popular repute for sagacity European farmyards. longer. This was not the effect of mere novelty. and Creatures valued for their incapable of flight. however dissimilar creatures to Terrestrial species.On and to the River. feathers. free also from the greasi- ness of the sheep. has the hinder part developed to an enormous size. exquisitely beautiful. that is it can neither and curled upward at the extremity. so fly nor run and though its plumage . had not the same air of singularity. less curly. But in the bred to furnish wool. so that the graceful peacock-like neck and shoulders appear as if lost in the huge proportions of the body. animals like the aniba and birds like the trained to the performance of services congenial to their natural habits. Nearly all the domestic birds kept for the sake of eggs or feathers have wings that look as are they had been clipped.time. It seemed me that an extreme qiiaintness char- acterised the domestic creatures kept for special purposes. The angasto has its hair or wool so long that limbs are almost hidden. . in the tresses that hang from the body half way to the ground. and the little wings are totally unfit to raise it in the air . 265 is resemble reindeer and goats than sheep. a bird no larger than a Norfolk turkey. while it lays almost daily eggs as large as those of the ostrich and of peculiar richness and if flavour. or the like. was always exaggerated Thus the ehicrve is loaded with long plumes. sometimes twice the length of the body. or rather of monstrosity. their wool softer. just before shearing.

and supplies from all other quarters are here received and distributed. serve They thus much and lost . a bird about the size of the peacock. being the chief object of care graziers. or to develop powerful muscles and sinews on the other. "We were rapidly approaching the foot of the hills. appears to be naturally associated with that which is artificially developed. and with a soft white hide). the mountains. or even inconvenient. not quantity. however. Thus the beak losses of the clnerve is weak and and the of often splits. In con- . cattle. however. but so rough and coarsely grained that they are turned to no account for use or ornament. fat These animals are not encourasied to make on the one hand. such as the quorno (somewhat like the eland. with Martial Sometimes. they are allowed to graze only for a few pre- hours before sunset and after sunrise. preserve more natural proportions. having been systematically plucked for hundreds of generations. flesh. They are fed for part of the year on the higher and thinner pastures of When brought down to the m. where the river made another and abrupt turn. while the horns wool-bearing animals are long and strong enough to be formidable. At this point the produce of the whole upper valley is generally embarked. so as to render its rearing troublesome entail considerable .eadows of the plain. are now dwarfed and useless. with the form of the partridge and the flavour of grouse or black game. hut with the single horn so common among its congeners in Mars. some pecu- liarity perfectly useless. and the viste. of the flavour of game or mountain sheep which the oxen and poultry of Europe have flavour.2 66 Across tJic Zodiac. of The wing-quills the latter.

which for heavy freight is preferable to the road. like nearly all feet in width. with about a hundred and fifty houses. It was so much matter of course that voyagers should disembark to cross the hills or to pursue their journey along the upper part of the river by road. Ahead of us was a somewhat steep hill-slope. is wide and shallow. and it was not till we had come within a hundred yards where the bank was perpenof the landing-place dicular and levelled to a height above the water. had during the last fifty miles of our course grown narrower. Martial rivers. affording room for two boats to pass abreast. a to^vn large and important for tliis 267 planet. had the grown up. and perhaps a thousand inhabitants. which enabled passengers to step directly from the deck of the boat without slackening our speed.Oil the River. A stream of twenty inches in depth. and perhaps twenty The stream. so that some care was required on the part of the pilot to avoid running aground. Eveena had taken it for granted that we should disembark here. that the possibility of our intending to accompany the boat — — . where no one who can street to the help it prefers freedom and expanse of crowded the country. which. in the lower part of which a wall absolutely perpendicular had been cut by those who pierced the tunnel. sequence. that half-a-dozen different partnerships made it their business to assist in the transfer of passengers and light wares. the mouth of which It was now clearly visible immediately before us. was about twelve feet in height. is considered navigable for vessels only carrying passengers thirty inches are required to afford a course . with a depth at the same time constantly lessening.

after all. though none so long and dark as this. was trembling convinced me that " I it." By this time joined us. and there can be no danger whatever." I if it said. ! me shiver. and held fast my had no idea of her real distress till we at the mouth of the black and very frightful-looking passage. In any case I shall see little but a continuation of what I see already so if you can. I were actually could not repress a cry of terror." Stop " I called to the boatman." she said. " jSTow. despite her she was crying. but merely drew ch)ser to me. though in silence and doing her utmost to conceal her tears. " Are you so frightened. who had been in the bows. As she did not speak. But you see our lamp lights up not only the boat but the whole vault around and before us. and the pilot had lighted the electric lamp. I and I can see nothing here stranger than when was rowed for three-quarters of a mile on the river in the Mammoth Cave. am frightened. this journey really distresses you. child ? " I asked. " I cannot help I never saw anything do make of the kind before . subterrene course occurred to her. we will go back. and the darkness behind and before us. have been in a much and more wonderful place. Eveena. and the black water on either " side.268 on its Across the Zodiac." violently. As the boat shot under the arch she hand. . see so wonderful a I work of engineering uglier but. not bear it. round her at this sign of alarm. had know why I had stopped the boat. I felt that she and a single look. wishing to Esmo. " I do not care to persist in I wished to . " I have been through many subterranean passages. though. Naturally putting my arm veil.

was to appease Eveena's fear before turning my attention to the objects of of physical strength." whispered Eveena. partly from a yet more its unreasonable but instinctive reliance on protection even in dangers against which availing. great bodily force the awe always exercises over women. desiring her boatman to proceed." I said. and though I sjonpathised with of my bride's feminine terror much more than father appeared to do. I will not misbehave again. produced upon her nerves the quieting effect which. in spite my declaration that there could be no novelty in this tunnel. If you begin by yielding to so silly a caprice as this. from it seems to inspire. my friend. and " " I if was very silly you will hold me fast. The least I could do. am not so frightened now. which air.." I Do go on. the tunnel frightens her we had better take the usual course across the mountains. '' 269 This cliild. certainly ! . you will end by breaking her heart before the two years are out. and so that I think. after all. my own curiosity. The presence which seemed to her superhuman. not used to travelling. perhaps. I was selfishly anxious. it is obviously un- Presently a current of that of the tunnel. 0)1 the River. however irrationally. " is . less than in a balloon. to see one thing certainly original so —the means by which narrow and so long a passage could be efficiently ventilated. however. " There is no danger here less probably than in an ordinary drive." the matter out of Esmo had taken the my hands." " Nonsense " he answered. distinctly warmer than had been gradually increas- . partly. Don't spoil her.

from the entrance. Kevima in being near us. could in their collect " And how was long. so that they may ereate no constant counter-current outside. electricity so artificial For several cenemployed under conBut we have found much cheaper than the cheapest of other forces. a wheel which drives a large One They " of these is placed at every half mile. still turies the old powers were ditions favourable to their use." of machines. and we calculate that the labour of two men. " has electricity ? had so complete a monopoly of mechanical work " It " first brought into general use. air and drives on the from one end of the tunnel to the other. Before that. air he answered. became it it so powerful that I could no longer suppose " Ventilation. heated about eight thousand years ago. electricity almost our only motive power." " 2/0 ing in force for Across the Zodiac." he answered. these perliaps un- breathable. I asked him what meant." But body of " is is not the power exerted to drive so great a exceedingly costly " ? air No." accidental. a few yards fan." I inquired. You did not notice. air we did not drive a constant current of through them. as well as the power of stationary machines wherever no waterfall of sufficient energy was at hand. some minutes. air supplied our principal locomotive force. are reversed twice in a zyda." he replied. As you are aware. so much more powerful than any sup- . foul tunnels would be if " The and stagnant. even without the help working zydau [eight hours] and reduce a sufficient amount of the elements by which the current is created to do the work of four hundred men during a whole day and night.

not greater than that of some rapids up which American boatmen have managed to carry their barques by manual force. rose to a height of some 3000 feet so suddenly that to climb their sides would have been absolutely impossible. which. but some skill is required at particular points to avoid being overturned by the rush of the water.. Only during about two hours in the middle of the day is the sun seen from the level of the stream and it is dark in the bottom of this valley long before the mist has fallen on the plain outside. must certainly have been thrown overboard. We had presently. was certainly unpleasant to myself. if not by any means so frightful as Eveena still found it. On plied the River. 271 by Nature. that we have long discontinued the employment of any other. we find that the gain in application more than compensates the loss in the transmutation of one force into another. presented no great difficulty . when once the attraction of novelty was gone. A mere ascent. whose gloom. There was nothing specially attractive or noticeable in the valley through which our course now ran. however. to ascend a slope of some twentyfive feet in the mile. For the in the absence of . except the extreme height of its mountain walls. having rest. the forgotten to warn us. though not by any means perpendicular. Had I not held her fast she pilot." In the course of little more than half an hour we emerged from the tunnel. used to the danger. and our vessel so careened as to afford much more excuse for Eveena's outbreak of terror than the tunnel had done. Even when we obtain electricity by means of heat. and I was much interested in the peculiar method by which the ascent was made.

more easily tlian a powerful rocks. where we were next day to embark. tlie vessel ascended steamer. we found ourselves within sight of the sea and of the town and harbour of Serocasfe. from its mouth. half a mile outside the town. way np requested. could the rapids of the St. make her Lawrence or similar streams. At his house. in order that we might attend the meeting at which my bride and I were to receive our formal admission into the Zinta. for the first time since our marriage I had to part for a tlie short period with Eveena.272 Across the Zodiac. we were met by the friend whose hospitality Esmo had . We entered the second tunnel without any sign of alarm from Eveena perceptible to others only her clinging to my hand expressed the fear of which Emerging she was ashamed but could not rid herself. Landing from the boat. while we remained in The evening meal was the entrance chamber or cipated hall. if she could find sufficient depth. veiled mistress of the who was led away by house. anti- by two hours. .

"much to through which you are about to pass will seem childish or unmeaning. advantages VOL.( ^JZ ) CHAPTEE XIII. make a sharper impression than they are likely to effect upon a But they may seem strangely inconwhich is in itself so limited. awe which no no penalties. " him. sistent with a belief policy in this respect rites is the fact that our vows. has for us two great — one dependent upon the depth of thought s . ally witnessed for the first time in early youth. The best testimony to the soundness of our mind like yours. our host Probably. when." said Esmo. to us you Ceremonial rendered impressive by immemorial life antiquity. L language of symbol. are never broken. as they are generaround us — more useful. can attach to the highest of civil The authorities or the most solemn legal sanctions. the — . and founded so absolutely upon logical proof or practical evidence. and the by which they are sanctioned. because it contains much deeper meaning than is ever apparent at first sight have proved their use by experience and. apparently at a sign from left ns for some minutes alone. THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT. that our symbols are regarded with an threats. moreover. and cherished the more because so contrary to the absence of form and ceremony in the symbolism which is really the more valuable.

attaches great importance symbols in themselves shows that these more than they were symbols orginally meant to convey. . from whom it is most important to keep the key of communications which. and can be employed in reasonings far beyond the grasp of those who first invented or adopted them." Here our host rejoined us.^ to which each generation finds in them some new truth of which we never dreamed before the other arising from the fact that we are a small select body in the midst of a hostile and jealous race. closely veiled. seems apparently arbitrary. the party formed themselves into a sort of Motioning its me to take the last If the figure Esmo passed himself to head. and knowledge with which the symbols themselves were by our Founder. I could not mis- take the touch of the hand that stole into my own. turban. I The lights in the gallery were extinguished. if they had no other value. without the appearance. As soon as Esmo appeared. would have the attraction of secresy and exclusiveness." I replied. have all the effect of ciphers." selected . which. place. where several persons were awaiting us the men for the most part wearing a small vizor dependent from the the women all. and then . in own way and to own range. We passed into the gallery. beside me were not at once recognised. procession two and two. every \\dthin its science. That a body like the Zinta could be held together without ceremonial and without formalities. owin. " in my own world that every religion and every form its of occult mysticism. which concealed their faces . nay. without exception. " I find. Experience often contain a clue to obviously impossible.2/4 Across ihe Zodiac.

. but so faintly lighted by the lamp in our leader's hands that its dimensions were matter of mere conjecture. and sufficed to guide us. and with little difficulty decided to remain where I was. that in darkness and solitude I should not venture to proceed. and then the procession turned and passed suddenly into another chamber. it . and that went forward I our companions had we stood alone in utter darkness. as gradually as in ISTorthern climates the night passes into morning twilight. apparently narrow.Suddenly the light disappeared. though possible to see was imwhere and when new members joined. procession constantly lengthened. I paused for some time. perceived a lamp held at the end of a wand which gleamed above Esmo's head. -/o of crystal. until something should afford an indication of the purpose of those who had brought us so far. Fearing to lead Eveena further where my own steps were absolutely uncertain. and who must know. We reached very soon the end of the gallery. The light was far too dim to enable me to distinguish any openings in the walls but the . had its own purpose. Presently. Perhaps this half-darkness. if they had not actual means of observing. giving light enough to direct our footsteps and little more. I stood still for a moment in surprise. and when I again all became speedily conscious that vanished. That we were descending a somewhat steep incline I was soon aware and when we came again on to level ground I felt sure that we were passing through a gallery cut in natural rock.The Childre7i of Light. the darkness became . the twilight whicli gave a certain air of mystery to the scene and of uncertainty to the forms of objects encountered on our route.

visible in a gleam too faint to show any object of a species of bridge — — deeper shade. till my eyes should be able to peneit trate its interior but before the light entered it. A door . right angles Immediately on the other side of the bridge the path turned almost at ahead afforded Approaching it. which when the twilight ceased to and remained as dim as that cast by the cresassumed the outline of a slender trunk cent moon supported by wings. but as I gave that of Eveena. written down. daughter of Esmo. I per- ceived. we were challenged. and here a gleam of light a distinct guidance to our steps. might have been deep enough I waited . as it never has been. and I gave the answer with which I had been previously furnished an answer wliidi may not be. This might have been too shallow it for inconvenience. parted and admitted us into a small vestibule. dark for the most part but defined along the edge by a narrow band of brightest green. A sentinel. gvilf. apparently growing across really coming gradually into view under the brightening gleam.276 less absolute. at the other end of W'hich a full and bright light streamed through a portal of translucent crystal. Across the Zodiac. he simply repeated. . a increase. Somewhat impatient of the obvious symbolism. Whence Diffused the light came it was impossible to perceive. just enabled me to discern a few paces before us the for verge of a danger. armed only with the antiquated spear which been held by his first may have Mine predecessor in office ten thousand Martial years ago. it all around and slowly broadening. . I hurried Eveena forward. now demanded our names. he lowered his weapon in the salute and bending his still traditional among Martial sentries .

if pied by four rows of seats stone . defined by two rows of pillars. but or inquiry. with cushions fabrics finer than embroidered in feathers and metals. . may so call them. and the I pillars left in their places. those opposite by moment as Eveena's further end of women. Before us opened a hall of considerable consisting of three distinct vaults. I observed. as This homage appeared to surprise her almost much as myself. touched with his lips the long sleeve of the cloak of tlicrne-(\Q\s\^ in which she was on this occasion again enveloped. the fern-like foliage at the It summit was to of a bright sparkling emerald. was the and as he answered the door parted that at the other end of the vestibule having. the capital of each being formed like that of the palm. closed as we entered. from the the hall. and covered by woven Lyons is. to reply. challenge was uttered. and bearing in their hands wands of a rose-coloured jewel . by the foremost of three or four silver. rose for a name was announced. Each of the side aisles. All. I observed. was evident my observation that the entire hall had been excavated from solid rock. by a branching head witli Tlie trunks were covered golden scales . 2/7 head. persons vested in with belts of the crimson metal which plays tlie part of our best-tempered steel. any known to the looms of seats or Cashmere. was occu- similarly carved in the natural but lined after Martial fashion. slender shafts resembling tall branchless trees. we had no From behind the To this it leisure for observation crystal door another sentry's part . and so closed that its position was undissize.The Childrai of Light. coverable. About two-thirds of the were occupied those to the right as we entered (that on the left of the dais at the end of the hall) by men.

. . . left his dress a band or sash of gold. It resembled a rope twisted of three two of a deep dull hue. however. appeared a narrow band of light crossing the entire visible space. The who had first addressed us bade us pass on. . of six points. supported. contrasting the far more brilliant emerald strand that formed the third portion I had learnt by this time that of the threefold cord. all resembling a clouded onyx in but the hue. . but most distinctly. That into members we next entered which was so dark that its defined to cular.2/8 Across tJic Zodiac. the Order. the other brown or crimson. and I assumed that this symbol possessed the significance which poetry strands. metallic cords so twined serve in Mars most of the uses for which chains are employed on Earth. form and dimensions were scarcely I supposed it. to be cir- olive green Martial surmounted by a dome resembling in colour the sky and spangled by stars. my eyes. the latter by a few persons gathered together for the most part chief at the upper end of the chamber. however. rest or heraldic mullet. not brilliancy. the former worn by the body of the assembly. among which I discerned one or two familiar constellations. the one apparently orange. by green or silver bands. . the arch of the Via Ladea. of the Throughout the assembly a similar but smaller star glimmered on every breast. liood. brightened far beyond its natural Presently. but sheet or screen in the air before as on any apparent us. and we of left the Hall of the Novitiate as accepted . fastened shoulder and descending to the belt on the the ribbons of European knightleft breast much resembling These supported on the a silver star. or ritual micrht attach to the latter. Each of them wore over on the right.

but the cord was still in the background. appeared above the cord and beyond the mist. Presently. but which constantly became more and more evidently rhythmical and regular. a it was possible to say that moment at which any new feature was first introduced. and. a ray of similar light entered the Then a movement." The Childrcji of LigJit. its 279 This cord or band retained position throughout. but so gradually that there was never a distinct point of division. taking gradually the form of an Eye." band ? " The continuity of Time and Space preserved by the continuity of Law. whose character was not easy to discern. star-clusters. or as well defined planetary. as dim and confused as that in as the of sword-belt called of Orion. commenced in the mist. its place the semblance of and golden nebuke. a bright rose-coloured point of light. and controlled by the Will that gave in the triple And Law." . " any thou ? those by astronomers direc- What seest " said a voice whose very tion I could not recognise. Law- Will. crossing the dark background of the scenes cessively now sucits presented. light reflected an image of chaos but for the dim all from the particles. " Cosmos evolved out emanating from Supreme " of confusion by Law Wisdom and irresistible . it liad dissolved. A bright mist of various colours intermixed in inex- tricable confusion. leaving in stars. "Within a few moments the latter motionless vapour. emanating from it. filled a great part discernible of the space before us. each of which melted into successor — rapidly.

still centre of the space. and forming a sphere a one in particular separating into multitude of minuter spheres. and filled the entire space given throughout to the pictures presented to us stars and star. and reflecting or radiating a more brilliant effulgence — was in rapid whirling motion. While I spoke a single nebula grew larger." one of the in the The orb which represented Mars stood whole area. The latter gradually faded gave out no cast light but that which from some unseen source was . " Intelligence directing Will. their fragments conglomerated .28o Across the Zodiac. I'resently it condensed and contracted. with planets. apparently almost of considerable depth or thickness. miniature of the solar system. fading away into remoter distance. others assuming a highly elliptical form. glowing as as it more than red-hot. till there lay before me a perfect satellites. brighter. and Will by Law deveis loping the microcosm of which this world smallest parts.clusters gradually . leaving at each of the several intervals a severed ring. This nebula. Most of these rings broke up. while the central mass grew brighter and denser as it contracted. What " again I heard. and leaving till it contracted two tiny balls revolving round their primary. and this orb soon occupied the It assumed if at first the form of a vast vaporous globe. of spherical shape — formed of coarser particles than the previous mist. visibly denser in the centre and thinner towards the rounded edge. condensing here and thinning out there. " and meteoric seest thou ? rings. then contracted to a comparatively small sphere. It flattened into circular. the form of a disc. asteroids.

" one form after another of higher organisathou " ? What seest " Life called out of lifelessness by Law. passing by slow degrees into several higher or more perfect shapes. so gradually that no step of the process could be separately distinguished. growing in size. containing itself a spherical nucleus. a small transparent sphere within the watery globe. of and became a perfect image of the MarThen it gave place to a globe of water alone.1 The upon it. Then there appeared. of cloud. within which the processes of crystallisation. Ere long it pre- sented the appearance of sea and land. Each of these gradually dissolved. The watery globe disappeared. 28 one-half consequently contrasting in darkness the reflected brightness of the other. destructive in their scale of size and life as the most powerful animals of The other was a tiny fragment of itself into the simplest and smallest specimens of vegetable life. From each gradually emerged. tial sphere. . formed a panorama of vege- and animal life a landscape in which appeared some dozen primal shapes of either kingdom. as exhibited first in its simpler then in its more complicated forms. till there stood table . stals. complexity. active. I knew not how. tion. From this were evolved gradually two distinct forms. and the sea and land. fierce. and ice." Again. CJiildreii of Light. one resembling very much some of the simplest of those trans- parent creatures which the microscope exhibits to us in the water drop. gradually shaping distinctness. but seemingly developed by the same agency and in the same manner as tlie crysnow. and these two were left alone. were beautifully represented. tissue.

From which innumerable animal forms that had been presented to us in the course of these transmutations this supreme form had cannot remember. while it flowed freely in and out of all. the connection with the diffused atmosphere least perceptible. I do distinctly recollect. though obviously gathered and agglomerated out of. But that no true ape appeared among them. From the Emblem before mentioned a rosecoloured light pervaded the scene scarcely discernible arisen. never parted from. each form was in some way transparent. It was as though the rose-coloured light formed an atmosphere which entered and passed freely through the tissues of each animal and plant. having been on the watch for the representation of such an epoch in the pictured history. in the general atmosphere. which in the service of man appear to have acquired a portion of human intelligence. But in plant or animal the condensed light was never separated and individualised. life as it exists at before our eyes a picture of present and of Man in its midst. more obviously even than on subduing the fellow-creatures of the Earth. in those most intelligent creatures. dominating and whom he is lord. I did not note or . but brightened and deepened in those portions which at any moment pervaded any organised shape. the light within his body had assumed .. more distinguishable and concentrated in each animal. like the amba and carxc. But turning to the type of Man himself. sohd as they appeared. shrub. The concentration was most marked. and tree. the generally diffused rosy sheen that tinged the entire landscape. faintly but distinctly trace- able in every herb. "What was now especially noteworthy was that. 282 Across the Zodiac.

" I said. the door parted and exposed to our view the inmost chamber. brilHere. In him sponded to the body that encased it was perfectly individualised. terminating in a second vesiibule before a door of emerald crystal. as human and far more beautiful than and before. pervading each the degree of individuality and of intelligence needful to it. our liantly illuminated by a light within. and had no other connection with the remainder of the light than that it appeared to emanate the rose-coloured image which exactly corre- As I looked. the image of rosy light stood alone. the outward body dissolved.. save in Man himself . steps were arrested. but in none forming an individual entity apart from the race. tained by the other. The password and whispered to me as we left the Hall of theNoviLiate. the spiritual emanating from the all living forms. sentries. whereof the flesh clothing and the instrument. having been given. a scene calculated to strike the eye and impress the mind not more by its splendour . in whom I recognised Initiates of the Order. ? What seest thou " was uttered and in an even more the one sus- earnest and solemn tone than heretofore. " physical spiritual . and in is Man forming the individual being. and guided us to a portal through which we entered another long and narrow passage. again. wearers of the silver sash and sign." but the The whole scene suddenly vanished in total darkness only again in one direction a gleam of light appeared. rose " upward. The door was guarded by two star. the shape of the frame it filled 2 83 and appeared to animate. and passed away. The Children of L ight. to be fed from the original source. " Life. affording to Source of Life.

The space might have accommodated two thousand persons. which recalled at once the features of the Founder. At the opposite end. each of them separately formed and gathered in irregular clusters there were not. bearing the same proportion to the bracelet as a . placed. 284 Aci'oss the Zodiac. trees. I noticed a fiat thick band of plain gold. was a low narrow platform raised by two steps carved out of the — — natural rock. Tlie general the natural forms that the closest scrutiny would have been required form. and contrasting signally the golden sash to which his star was attached. but inlaid with jewellery imitating closely the variegated turf of a real garden. narrow passage. who to my surprise wore a robe of white completely covering his figure. the latter in pink or white. two rows of six golden seats or thrones. whose occuj)ants wore the golden band over silver robes. and all wearing the silver band and star. It represented a garden.. cliaracter it and magnificence than by the unexpectetl displayed. the thickets of flowers. forming a cross of equal arms. was filled by Esmo. That next the interval. seemed to be that of a square entered by a very short. shrubs. slanting On this were backward towards the centre. and which in every direction imitated so perfectly to detect their artificiality. more than four hundred or five hundred men and women intermingled the former dressed for the most part in green. On liis left arm. I thought. with an emerald seal. bare below the elbow. and divided by broad patlis. this cross At the central point of was placed on a pedestal of emerald a statue in gold. closing the central aisle. but on the seats of a material resembling ivory. however. flowering creepers. but the boundaries the arches of were concealed by the branching tall reeds. but to the left.

Yet beware ! The threshold passed. as What struck me at once most remarkable was. stretching forth his left hand. lore. and which rendered and more certain. perhaps. he spoke. the ball is cast. in time beware Freely turn. Reach at last the Source of Light. cast in a shape accurate remembrance easier by memory. Immediately inside this stood the same Chief who had received us in the former Hall and as we stood at the door. Warned betimes. lost in outer night. Failing heart or faltering feet Find nor pardon nor retreat. . within the portal. by ever. cated through which a clear soft light illuminated the whole Across the floor of the entrance. that the seats on the dais and the forms of their occupiers were signally relieved against a background of intense darkness. whose nature. 285 large signet to its finger ring. like all those of the Order. by the frequent recurrence of alliteration and irregular rhyme. . was evidently a formula committed to the verse of the Martial tongue : a formula. marking the formal threshold of the Hall. Loyal faith hath guerdon given Boundless as the star-sown Heaven Horror fathomless and gloom Rayless veil the recreant's doom. never written. was a broad band of the same crystal. I could not discern. "Ye who. . or rather chanted. immediately scene.. — The Childi'cn of LigJif. how- The roof was in form a trunpyramid its material a rose-coloured crystal. Fixed the bond. \ Ask ye in that light to dwell None we urge and none repel Opens Bright within the lamp of at your touch the door. the rhythmical sequence of the M'ords. or frankly swear. what." . but handed down therefore.

Swear we secret as the deep. was a large silver star. in a low tone the forEveena accompanying my words in an almost inaudible whisper " "Whatsoe'er within the Shrine Eyes may see or soul divine. with the wound around On the left was a crimson shield or what seemed be such. ascended on each side by five or six steps. —perfectly reproducing coiled. which I repeated. in a tail no snake ever double circle or the neck. By By the Light we chiim the Fount of Light. exactly in the centre. Towards the roof. to share. behind the seats of the Chiefs. the silver image of a serpent . and carved from a huge cubic block of emerald was a Throne. Looking up. Around this was a broad golden circle or band and beneath. I As some change had taken place at the further and displaying in various interwoven patterns the several symbols of the Zinta. small. on the right three crossed spears of tlie silver with crimson blades pointed upward. Silent as the Urn to keep. the upper step or seat extend- — . but far more brilliant. as a typical terrestrial snake. A voice my murmured mula. But remarkable object immediately filling the — most interval between the seats of the Chiefs. and swelling in the centre into a sharp point . but coils itself. was visible a wall diapered in ruby and gold. and under a species of deep archway. am on I to swear left ? " I asked. these words were uttered. the dark background had disappeared. round.— 2 86 " 'Wliat Across the Zodiac. emitting a light resembling that which the full moon sheds on a tropical scene. we swear." became aware that end of the Hall. to figure of eight.

Clasp in faith the* Serpent's rings. Link with link to bear the strain . again. coiled as before and resting upon a surface of foliage and flowers. As the Starlight's self —we swear. reverence mute.— : The Children of Light. 287 ing nearly across the whole some two feet below the surface. Trust through death the Emerald Wings. Link by link to weld the Chain. Prompt obedience. In the Cii'cle's bound to move . and in which it embodies its deepest symbolism. Hand and Fade the voice we plight the Oath the troth " \ : life ere fail Eising from his seat and standing immediately before . was the silver Serpent. the Light we claim we swear. A chain formed by interlaced golden circles was upheld by four great emerald wings. Underneath the all-seeing Eye Act. Cherish all the Star who wear. heart and hand. nor think the lie Live. Above was a canopy. . : For the Symbols. seemingly self-supported. the this next forming a footstool thereto. Within the chain. of circular form. And the Future reap the Past . By the Life the Light to prove. repeated words which : may be roughly translated as follows " By t!ie tlie outer Night of gloom. By By By ray tliat leads us home. Following again the direction of I my unseen prompter. nor speak. to share. In the centre of all was repeated the silver Star within the golden band the emblem from which the Order derives its name. To the Signet's each command the Fouat of Light. In the Sense faith absolute. as warned that Life shall last.

on which but a few moments before my eyes had been steadily fixed. was now occupied and occupied by a Presence which. tive This remembered resemblance. how many visions that. so impressed what I now saw. I stood almost equally petrified by consternation and of amazement. Looking into fixed her eyes.2 88 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. But no marvel of the Mystic Schools. and beard. if I told them. their gaze intently on the Throne. or thought I saw. above all . which alone were visible. The Throne. at once conveyed to me the consciousness that the absolute stillness of her attitude expressed a horror or an awe too deep for trembling. objective or subjective. and raising I my eyes again to the same point. to the left of the Throne. Esmo replied. and which had then assuredly been vacant. at once caught and controlled my own . no spectral scene. nor despite all experience recall without renewing with which the sight dismay the thrill of awe-stricken was first beheld. need not say how many marvels no common character I have seen on Earth. the long white hair or mistake. She stood and lie fixed as if turned to stone. in an attitude which for one ileeting instant recalled that of the sculptured figures undergoing sudden petrifaction at the sight of the Gorgon's head. dignified countenance. wonders that the few who have seen them can never forget. none who have not shared them would believe. looked on the portrait that represented it could forget The form. the dress. the grave. or an instinc- sympathy. a pressure on my arm drew my eyes from him to Eveena. so startled. ever evoked and all theoretical explanation — — by the rarest of occult powers. But before had spoken half-a-dozen words. though not seen in the flesh for ages. none who had ever me as .

spoke a grave but passionless regret or pity. That look happily she did not read but we both saw the same object and in the same instant. Forged the immemorial band Never thread hath known decay. The following formula. not severe . had fallen not unheard. Never link hath dropped away. . What they saw or did not not. as of one who sees a child unconsciously on the verge of peril or sorrow that admits neither of warning nor rescue. searching." ! me : — . And yet it struck no fear. Here he paused and beckoned us VOL. turned their eyes see I upon the Throne. piercing eyes of the Founder I 289 — as had seen them on a any single occasion in Esmo's house were now as as clearly. and did not then care to think. as I thought. That look. but striking to all around. I. though one know passage harmonised strangely with the sight before " Passing sign and fleeting breath Bind the Soul for life and death Lifted hand and plighted word Eyes have seen and ears have heard Eyes have seen nor ours alone . turned on effect me " with a calm. pronounced by Esmo. strand by strand." For a moment they rested on Eveena's veiled and drooping figure with a widely different expression. the deep. to advance. The T sign. scrutinising. . Age-long labour. of many whom. as The eyes were steady gaze. as forcibly. . whose : was such Southey ascribes to Indra's was solemn. presented to my sight figure in the flesh I ever beheld. — Tlie look he gave No hope to Kailyal it conveyed.— The Children of Light. we both stood amazed and appalled long enough to render our hesitation not only apparent. following the direction of my gaze. Fell the sound on ears unknown. but almost unheeded on my ears.

from sire to son Yours the fruit through countless years Grown by thought and toil and tears. Yours at once the secrets won Age by age. me spell-bound. now vacant as at first. form. which fell on our ears as distinctly . in a low deep tone. repeated." . or awe-striking circumstances. Brethren of the deathless Lore So your vows our own renew. I twice repeated before spell that enthralled could obey it. ment upon the Throne. . at last broke the me. He who fails you fails the Throne. Another Chief. and no conscious resolve to overof us. the silver sash and Star of the Initiates. and stooping to kiss each upon the brow Eveena raising her veil and dropping it again he continued — one moment — " So we greet you evermore. instinct almost in our own despite. enabled if me to proceed and I led Eveena forward by actual gentle force.— 290 Acivss the Zodiac. Sworn to all as each to you. we for knelt. in a low but audible tone by the whole assembly. The ceremonial seemed to me to afford that sort of religious sanction and benediction which had been so signally wanting to the original form As we rose I turned my eyes for a moof our union. In the meantime Esmo had invested each of us with the symbol of our enrolment in the Zinta. at a sign from her father. He who guards you guards his own. Under the most astounding moves our limbs and leads us to do with paralysed will what has been intended or is expected This instinct. followed by the voices of the assembly. come the influence that held . laying his hands on our heads. while. as by a simultaneous impulse. The last two lines were repeated. till we reached the lower step of the plat- Here.

though the latter is greatly weakened by on an rite. or deed. which he seats. effect my translation. than their actual sense. : Storms of madness vex his breast. . " ! Snares surround him. but for the support I my arm. — — 291 as the loudest trumpet-note in the midst of absolute silence. I was not surprised that Eveena was far more deeply of affected. A few moments of deep and solemn silence had elapsed. to our lips the signet. had ever produced. no forms the most secret mysteries. had now resumed their and addressing himself to the latter. Disengaging the bracelet. when one of the Chiefs.— The Children of Light. and ere closed she to the ground. Rends the Veil that guards the Shrine. Even the to earlier words of the imprecation it had caused her would have sunk of shudder. which. who. Lifts the hand to lips that lie. Man It forsake — and God forget tion was probably rather the tone of profound convicand almost tremulous awe with which these words were slowly enunciated by tlie entire assemblage. Fronts the Star witli soothless eye Dreams of horror haunt his rest. Breaks the Circle's bounded line. said " The Initiate has shown in the Hall of the Vision a knowledge of the sense embodied in our symbols. rose. or word. Who in will. Death beset. except Esmo. as Esmo held out now perceived. the solemn imprecation " Who denies a brother's need. re- produced in miniature the symbols that formed the canopy above the throne. no religious ceremonial. of the creed and thoughts drawn from them. that gave them my own mind such as no oath and no however solemn.

taking our place on seats remote from the platform. she sufficiently recovered her selfWe possession to understand and her voice to answer. whose junior of the Chiefs to Eveena was addressed by the and I was struck by the patient courtesy with which he waited till. purport I have forgotten. but natural. . " to me with draw meaning tlie or lesson from the self-entwined coil of Serpent ? I need not repeat an answer which." said the speaker. now then retired. confirming in so far thought represented by the doubly. I will ask your permission. of The three principal elements on Earth.coiled serpent are the same in Mars as the doctrine of the Zinta. after two or three efforts. and that the deepest and most difficult of all. On a formal invitation. would have occurred as readily as to myself and which. Some similar but trivial query. formed on principles inherent in the correspondence between things spiritual and physical. well to explain to others. can hardly have learned in the few hours that have elapsed since you first spoke to him of their existence. If there be not in his world those rare who have wrought out for themselves similar truths in not dissimilar forms." Esmo merely bent his head in reply. turning marked courtesy. one after another of the brethren rose and read a brief account of some experi- . to those familiar with the oldest language of Terrestrial symbolism. if they could understand it. he must possess a and almost instinctive power to appreciate the lessons we can teach. it would not be . "Can you. to put to him but one question. that their symbolic language is not arbitrary. and at some distance from any of our neighbours." 292 Across the Zodiac. therefore.

I listened with extreme interest. and these alone. of course so infinitely exceed anything alleged The powers claimed as by the spiritualism. guards or police. satisfied that Esmo had even underrated the powers claimed by and for the lowest and least intelligent of his brethren. in half-an-hour annihilate and bravest army Yet the Martial State had deliberately. and. automatic reporting is and I was informed employed in every and was more than Martial assembly. clairvoyance. 293 The and principles taken for granted as fundamental notorious truths far transcend the extremest speculations of Terrestrial mysticism.The Children of Light. scientific. could give efficient protection or signal vengeance against all the tremendous physical forces at command of those I State authorities. One battalion accompanied by a single of Martial battery of may call their artillery. and my journey . ment or discovery in the science of the Order. that it most ardent believers in mesmerism. observed that a phono- graphic apparatus of a peculiarly elaborate character wrote down every word of these accounts without obliging the speakers to approach that this it . with only a due prudence. suspected organisation. I think. when he said that these. or would be useless to relate the few among these experiments which I remember and might I be permitted to repeat. might. Esmo as I called on me in my turn to give such account might choose of my own world. or judicial. shrunk during ages from an open conflict of power with the few thousand members of this secret but inevitably or scatter to the winds the mightiest that Europe could send forth. one of the greatest of whom had made what my I personal enemy. even without the aid of a balloon-squadron. political.

scientific unbelief. The power which a concurrent knowledge of two separate kinds of science had given to a very few Terrestrials. As a rule. and evidently raised me in their estimation. was in my conscientious conviction a Providential trust. i.. but the spear of a scoundrel." affirms the right in extremity to pre- serve a secret from impertinent inquisitiveness. and puts the hilt into a foe's hand. avowed my indisposition to explain the generation and action of the apergic force." " The liar is like an opiatised tunneller " (miner)." The maxim that " a lie is a shield in sore need. has been dispelled their wider studies and by They have a saying. I was much impressed by the simple and unaffected reliance placed on my statements. withheld from those in whose hands it might be a fearful temptation and an instrument of unbounded evil. the most honest nations of the West the most solemn oaths of their citizens while that bigotry of . prevails among their countrymen. the goose that lays the golden eggs. Martialists are loth. verbial language of the " kills whose purport might be rendered in the proAryans by saying that the liar Again. " The liar drives the point into a friend's heart. as on those of every other member of the Order. to believe any unsupported statement that might be prompted by interest or vanity. I frankly thence. and not without reason.2 94 Ac7'oss the Zodiac. Earely. My reserve was perfectly intelligible to the Children of the Star. more likely to blow himself to pieces than to effect his purpose. . that narrowness of thought which loftier interests. But the Zveltau can trust one another's word more fully than the followers of or Mahomet that of his strictest disciples.e. Again. and which all the science of a far more enlightened race had failed to attain.

. It is not in the power of my translation to preserve the impressive solemnity of the ritual of the Zinta. immemorial earnestness and the reverence of the hearers. 295 but on some peculiarly important occasions. the Zveltau avouch their sincerity by an appeal to their own spn- and it is affirmed that an oath attested by the and the Star has never. ." we finally parted. There was something majestic in the mere antiquity of a liturgy whereof no word has ever been committed to writing. gathered four times in each year in the Hall of Initiation. By the Light that knows no flaw.— — The Children of Light. Circle Before midnight Esmo dismissed the assembly by a formula which dimly recalled to memory one heard in my boyhood. conscience clean. Meet—before yon Before Or the All-Commander's Throne. Children of the Silver Star Lore undoubting. bols . in the lapse of ages. been broken or evaded. fear. Hope assured. Esmo gave me two value. near and . and every meeting has been concluded by the utterance from the same spot and in the same words of the solemn but simple Zulvakalfe [word of peace] " Peace be with you. :— far. Peace from peril. By the Serpent's life renewed. By the Wings' similitude Peace be yours no force can break Peace not death hath power to shake Peace from passion. and life serene. and home and pain . Five hundred generations have. or three articles to which he attached especial The most . Peace of spirit. sin. until we meet again sculptured stone. deepened alike by the of its delivery. it is alleged. ana gloom. heart. . By the Circle's perfect law. Peace.

There is scarcely one of those medicines which is not a single or a combined poison of great power. the Sovereign. tliese was a small cube of translucent which a multitude of diversely coloured fragments were combined so set in a tiny swivel or swing of gold that it might be conveniently attached to the . and this only special tools will accomplish peculiarly skilful. . watch-chain. to possess the favour of If you are curious to verify its powers. .296 important of stone. maimed or paralysed. posed . and. and one which can hardly be hit upon by accident. itself. I need not warn you to be careful lest you give to any one the means of reaching them. and. Nor can any one force will enable . END OF VOL. k PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE. I will hope. I have shown you the combination of magnets which that demanded by the will open each of your cases chest is the most complicated of all. not killed by . he said. the only Terrestrial article that I " This." still wore. the contents of the tiny medicine-chest I liave given you you to do so. I. save by cutting to pieces the metal of the case . unless the if intruder would probably be . " will test nearly . HANSON AND EDINBURGH AND LONDON CO. or pick open a case locked by our electric apparatus. in Across the Zodiac. every poison known com- to our science each poison discolouring for a time one or another of the various substances of which it is and poison is perhaps the weapon least unlikely to be employed against you when known to be connected with myself.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful