"Why!" exclaimed Ned Land, "they must be made of iron plates eight inches
thick, like the armoured frigates."
Stumps thirty or forty years old, at least, will still be sound at the core, though the sapwood has all become vegetable mould, as appears by the scales of the thick bark forming a ring level with the earth four or five inches
distant from the heart.
Each flower is composed of six leaves or petals, about three inches in length, of a beautiful crimson, the inside spotted with white.
Among the lizard kind was one about nine or ten inches in length, exclusive of the tall, and three inches in circumference.
"Do you mean to say," said Lady Muriel, "that these manikins of an inch high are to argue with me?"
"I would not argue with any man less than six inches high!" she cried.
These also he set in clay and when the house had been entirely completed he applied a coating of the clay to the entire outside surface to the thickness of four inches.
The door he built of pieces of the packing-boxes which had held their belongings, nailing one piece upon another, the grain of contiguous layers running transversely, until he had a solid body some three inches thick and of such great strength that they were both moved to laughter as they gazed upon it.
"The sides will require a thickness of less than two inches."
"A shot of 108 inches in diameter, and twelve inches in thickness, would weigh, in cast-iron, 67,440 pounds; cast in aluminum, its weight will be reduced to 19,250 pounds."
It was a frame of wood raised three inches
from the ground, about seven feet long, and four wide, moving upon twenty-two wheels.
He now goes to work to set his trap; planting it upon the shore, in some chosen place, two or three inches
below the surface of the water, and secures it by a chain to a pole set deep in the mud.