During the first few days they were busy discharging the cargo brought by the flotilla, the machines, and the rations, as well as a large number of huts constructed of iron plates, separately pieced and numbered.
At the bottom of the excavation they constructed a wheel of oak, a kind of circle strongly bolted together, and of immense strength.
What can be more curious than that the hand of a man, formed for grasping, that of a mole for digging, the leg of the horse, the paddle of the porpoise, and the wing of the bat, should all be constructed
on the same pattern, and should include the same bones, in the same relative positions?
When I was at last by myself, a drowsy sensation fell on me; but before my eyes closed I endeavoured to reproduce the Third Dimension, and especially the process by which a Cube is constructed
through the motion of a Square.
Skill and knowledge are now handed down from one set of students to another in this way, until at the present time a building of any description or size can be constructed
wholly by our instructors and students, from the drawing of the plans to the putting in of the electric fixtures, without going off the grounds for a single workman.
To this end Clayton selected four trees which formed a rectangle about eight feet square, and cutting long branches from other trees he constructed
a framework around them, about ten feet from the ground, fastening the ends of the branches securely to the trees by means of rope, a quantity of which Black Michael had furnished him from the hold of the Fuwalda.
In addition to the above, the doctor caused to be constructed
two sheet-iron chests two lines in thickness.
"So," he said, "no one knows now where the third vessel perished that was constructed
by the castaways on the island of Vanikoro?"
To pass from the Characters to the Story, it will be seen that the narrative related in these pages has been constructed
on a plan which differs from the plan followed in my last novel, and in some other of my works published at an earlier date.
This plan was promptly put into execution; the sleds were constructed
, the heavy baggage was drawn backward and forward until the road was beaten, when they desisted from their fatiguing labor.
The balloon was not yet ready, but Pierre learned that it was being constructed
by the Emperor's desire.
The servant was still waiting--not like a human being who took an interest in the proceedings, but (as became a perfectly bred footman) like an article of furniture artfully constructed
to come and go at the word of command.