It was now but 140 degrees, although we had penetrated to a depth of nearly four miles.
Perry pulled it toward him, and once again we were plunging downward toward eternity at the rate of seven miles an hour.
Point Vancouver is about one hundred miles from Astoria.
About thirty miles above Point Vancouver the mountains again approach on both sides of the river, which is bordered by stupendous precipices, covered with the fir and the white cedar, and enlivened occasionally by beautiful cascades leaping from a great height, and sending up wreaths of vapor.
On the second night, fifty more miles to the good, they camped in the vicinity of the boundary between Alaska and the Northwest Territory.
Between the Klondike River and Salt Water at Dyea intervened six hundred miles of snow-covered wilderness, and in all that distance there were but two places where Daylight might look forward to meeting men.
But the cetacean grew warm itself, no doubt; for without straining itself, it made 19 3/10 miles.
But just as he was going to strike, the cetacean stole away with a rapidity that could not be estimated at less than thirty miles an hour, and even during our maximum of speed, it bullied the frigate, going round and round it.
Besides," added Barbicane, "even to the most piercing eye a man cannot be distinguished farther than three and a half miles
off; so that, if there are any Selenites, they can see our projectile, but we cannot see them.
This morning, however, pebbles of the same rock but more compact, suddenly became abundant, and in th course of half an hour we saw, at the distance of five o six miles
, the angular edge of a great basaltic platform When we arrived at its base we found the stream bubblin among the fallen blocks.
I rose up, and there was Jackson's Island, about two mile
and a half down stream, heavy timbered and standing up out of the middle of the river, big and dark and solid, like a steamboat without any lights.
In ancient times, the ambassadors of Nero reached the ninth degree of latitude, but in eighteen centuries only from five to six degrees, or from three hundred to three hundred and sixty geographical miles
, were gained.