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The Evening World Daily Magazine, Monday, June 5, l9-2
4 A JOURNEY IN OTHER WORLDS By Col. John Jacob Astor This Is the Only Book Col. Astor Wrote. It Is Pub , lished Serially in The Evening World by Authority of the Trustees of the Astor Estate "A Journey in Other Worlds" Is a Fantastic, Semi-Scientific Tale of Four Explorers' Startling Adventures Among the Planets. (Oovrifet, UN, by D. Applsto. 0J CHAPTER I. in the Year 2000. 0 IN tli. year 2000 A. a. several torougb. the planet. Hitherto this had been Impossible. But now a cleverly da s'' td airship, the Calllsto, driven by a n.w and wonderful force im aa ' ..perry," made the aerial Journey simple. ! tour men who volunteered to explore the .tars In the Calllito were v. Cortlandt, V. 3. QoTernment expert; Col. Bearwarden, Preildent of the TamatUl Axis Straightening- Company; De.pwaterj, Secretary of the Mary, and Richard Ayrault, a young capitalist who was a dabbler In science 4Bd fu engaged to Sylvia Preeton, a Vasear undergraduate. Th. expedition waa equipped with every possible appliance and neces sity. Its member, were armed with explosive rifle, and the airship waa proTlsloned for one hundred days. At last the preparations were completed, and It was arranged that the Cmlltoto should begin Ha journey at 11 o'clock A. M., Dm, 21, the northern fcemtophere'. abortatt day. Fhaarh alz month. operation, could hardly b expected to hav. produced ouch ohangs In th. Inclination of th. earth' axis, th. autumn held oo won- V ' drfully. and Decombar was pronouned twt mild. Fully a million people -war. la and about Van Cortlandt Park hour, .for. th. Urn. announced for th. .tart, and those near looked Inquiringly at th. trim little airship that, having- done tl nn the trial trio, rested on her longitudinal and transverse keels, with a battery of chemicals aiongaioe, 10 make sura of a fun power supply. The President and his Cabinet-including, of course, the shining lights of th. Stat, and Navy Departments cam. on from Washington. These, together with Mr. and Mrs. Preston and a num ber of people with pnsses, occupied saata arranged at the sides of the platform; while alghtaeera ana scientist, assem .led from every part of the world. '"There's a .hip for you!" said Secre tary 8tlltman to the Secretary of th. Navy. "She'll not have to be dry docked for barnacles, neither will the List breete make the passenger, alek." "That's all you landlubber, think of." replied Deepwater.. "I remember on. of the kings over in Europe said to me as he Introduced m. to the queen: "Your Secretary of State ts a meat man, but why does ha always part hi. hair In the mlddle7' " 'So that It shall not turn hi. head. I replied. " 'But with ao gallant and handsome an officer aa you to lean upon.' he an swered, 1 should think he could look down on all the world.' Whereupon I aaked him what he'd take to drink." 'Your apology 1 accepted." repllod ecrRfery Stlllman. Cortlandt also came from Washing ton, where, aa chief of the Government's Expert examiner. Board, he had tem porary quarter.. Bearwarden sailed over the spectator.' heads In one of the Trre.triaJ Axl. Straightening Com pany, flying machines, while Ayrault, to avoid the crowU, had ooma to the ditto early, and wa. ahowlng the In tiller arrangement. t0 Bylvla. who na .ooompejiled htm. She was aomewha piqued because at the last moment h. IMd not absolutely Insisted on carrying bar off, or offered, If necossary. to dis place hi Presidential and doctor of law friends In order to make room. "Tou will hav. an Ideal trip," eho aid, looking over some agronomical tar charts nnj photographic maps of JupiUr and Saturn that lay on the table Willi a pair of compasses, "and I hope you won't lose your way." "I shall need no compass to find my way back." replied Ayrault. "If I ever succeed In leaving this planet; neither will star charts t. necessary, for you will be a magnet stronger than any oompus, and, compared with my star, all other, ara dim." "You should write a book." said Syl vla, "and put some of those things In H. She was wearing a bunch of fjr-get-me-nou and violets ttvat she had cut from a small flower gardun of potted plant. Ayrault had hint her, which she had placed In her father's conservatory. At this moment the small chime clock set In the Calllsto'a woodwork rang out quarter to eleven. As tho sounds died away Sylvia became very pule, and bn .SWi to regret In her womanly way that "she hid allowed hor hero to attempt this experiment. "Oh," sho Mill, clinging to his arm, "It w.s very wrong of me to let you "S'Matter, Pop?" m 4- nilKOslKniWK V- scientists resolved to ttk. a trip berln this. I wa. ao daisied by th. plendor of your aohem when I heard it and ao anxious that you mould hav. tha glory of being th. flrat to .urpais Columbus that I did not realize th. full meaning. I thought lso you seemod nther ready to leave me," she added gently, "and so said little; you do not know how It almost breaks my heart now that I am about to lose you. It was qulxotld to let you undertake this Journey, 'An undertaloer would have given me his kind offices for one even longer had I remained here," replied Ayrault. "I cannot live in this humdrum world without you. The most aUHtatned ex citement cannot even palliate what seems to me like unrequited love," "O Dick!" she ex-Maimed, giving hint a reproachful glanc "you mustn't say that. You know you hsvo often told me my reason for staying and taking my degree was good. My lot will bo very much harder than yours, for you will forget me In the excitement of dis covery and adventure; but I what can I do In tha midst of all th. old asso ciations?" "Never mind, sweetheart," he said, kissing her hand, "I hive seemed on the verge of despair all th. time." Seeine that thotr separation must shortly begin, Ayrault-tried to asume a cheerful look; but as Sylvia turned her eye away they were suspiciously moist. Just one minute befor. th starting time Ayrault took Sylvli back to hor mother, nail, after pressing her hand and having one last long look Into her or, as he considered them, his deep sea eyes, he returned to the Calllsto, and was standing at the foot of the tolescopto aluminum ltdder when his friends arrived. As all baggage anU Impedimenta had been sent aboard and properly stowed Urn day before, the travellers nad nothing) to do but climb to and enter by th. aeoond story win dow. It distressed Boirwarilen that the North Pole', exact declination on the list day of December, when the axis was most Inclined, could not be flgurod out by the hour at whloh they were t start, so as to show what change, If any, had already been brought about, but tho astronomers were working In dustriously, and promised that, If It were finished by midnight, they would telegraph the result Into space by flaan light code. Raising his hat to hli fiancee and his prospective parents-ln-law, Ayrault fol lowed them up. To draw In and fold tho ladder was but the work of a mo ment. Aa the clocks In the neighboring steeples began to strike 11, Ayrault touched the swltoh that would corre epend to the throttle of an engine, and tho motors began to work at rapidly in creasing speed. Slowly the Calllsto lift her resting-place as a Galatea might her pelestal, only. Instead of coming down, she rose still higher. A large American Dig hanging from the window, which, as they started, flut tered as In a southern xephyr, soon be gan to flap as In a stiff hrrese as th) car's speed Increased. With a final wave, at which a battery of twenty-one field pieces made the air ring with a salute, and the multitude raised a mighty cheer, thoy drew It In and closed the window, sealing It hermetically in order to keep In the air that, had an opening remained, would soon have become rarefied. TatJs a me maid TlCTOTt'l.'BOT'rtlmt J ID MU inmu, . r . I I- , 1 - . r -XJILJIL t , wii.i.ie. tea sr 41 Sylvia had waved her hondkerchl.it with th. utmost enthusiasm, in spit, of th. .ado.es. at her heart But .h. now had other us. for It in trying to bids her tear. The Calllsto wa still going straight up, with a speed already as treat as a cannon ball'., and was al most out of tight. Tho multltud. then began to disperse, and Sylvia returned to ner home. Lot us now follow the Calllsto. Tha earth and Jupiter not ibelng axootly In opposition, as rhey would be If the sun, the earth and Jupiter were In line, with the earth between the two, the CalllstV. Journey was considerably more Uinn 150,000,000 miles, the mrnn opposition dis tance. As they wished to start by daylight-!. .., from th. aide of th earth turned toward the aun they could not steer Immediately for Jupiter, but were obliged to go a few hundred miles In the direction of the sun, then change their course to something Ilka n tangent to the earth, and get their final right direction In .winging near tha moon, sine, they must be comparatively near some material object to bring apargy Into play. Th maximum power being turned on, the projectile .hot from the earth with tremendous and rapidly Increasing spaed, by tho shortest course I. e., a straight line so that for the present It wa. not necessary to ateer. Until beyond the limits of tha atmosphere they kept the greatest apergetla repulsion focused on the upper pirt of their cylinder, so that Its point went first, and they encoun tered least possible resistance. Looking through the floor windows, therefore, the travellers had a most superb view. The eJr being clear, the eastern border of North America and the Atlantic were outlined as on a map, the blue of th ocean and brownish color of the land, with white snow patches on the eleva tions, being very marled. The HuMson and the Sound appeared as clearly de fined blue ribbons, and between inJ around the two they could see New Tork. They also saw the ocean dotted for miles with points In which they roe ognlzed the marine spiders and cruisers of tho North Atlantic sqiiadron. and the hips on the home station, which they knew were watching them through their glasses. "I see." ssht Cortlandt. "that Deep waters has been as good as hla word and has hla ships on the watch to res cue us In case wa fall." "Yes." repllcnl Bearwarden. "be Is the right sort. When he gave that promise I knew his men would be there." They soon percolved that they had reached the void of space, for, though the sun blar.ed with a splendor they had never before seen, the firmament was Intensely black, anil tho stars shone as at midnight. Here they began to chinge their course to a ourve beginning with a spiral, by charging the Calllsto apcr getlcally, and directing the current to wart, the moon, to act as an aid to Silhouette 8he When we are married, dear, He Certainly, darling. But try to I Jk Mm, 1 r ' i n fTfKsHHfinh M th. lunar attraction, while .tilt allowing th. sarin to repel, and their motion gradually bocamo th. resultant of th two forces, th change from a straight line being so gradual, however, that fir some minutes they carely perceived it. CHAPTER U. The Last of the Earth. INDTN'a that they were rapid ly swinging toward their proper course, and that th earth In lta Jouurney about th aun would move out of their way, they dlvldod their power be tween repelling th body they had left and Increasing the attraction of th. moon, and than set about getting their house In order. Iltarwardon, having th. laruat appe tite, was elected ciok, tlm others sagoly dlvlrlng that labor so largely for him self would b. no trial. Their small but business-Ilk looking lectrlc range was therefore soon In full blast, with Bear warden in oommand. It had enough current to provide heat for cooking for tour hundred hours, which waa an umple margin, and It had this advantage, that, no matter how much It was used, it couM not exhaust the air as any othir form of heat would. The earth, which at first had flltad nearly half their sky, was rapidly grow ing smaller. Being almost between themselves and the sun, It looked llko a orescent moon; and when it was only about twenty times the alze of the moon they oalculated they must have come nearly two hundred thousand miles. It was Just ten hours since they hid started, and at that moment 9 P. M. In New York; but, though It was night there, the Calllsto wa. bathed In a flool of sunlight such as never shines on earth. They closely watched the Cilllsto's course. At first It did not seem to de fleet from a straight line, and they stood ready to turn on the apergetlc force agnl" when the car very slowly began to show the effect of the moon's near pull; but not till they had so far pissed It that the dark side waa toward thani war. they heading straight for Ju piter. Then they again turned on full power and got a send-off ahove on the moon and earth combined, which In creased their .peed so rapidly that they felt they could oon shut off the current altogether and aav their sup- ply. "We must be ready to watch the sig nals from the Arctic circle," aalil Hoar warden. "At midnight, If the calculi tlona are finished, tho result will bn flashed by the searchlight." It was then ten minutes to 12, and the earth was already over four hundred thou sand miles away. Focusing thelrfglsisses upon the region near the North Pole, which, being turned from tlin sun, was toward them and In darkness, they walte. Smiles IS I must have three servants. keep eaoh as long as poMlble. znzz 1 "In this blais of sunlight," said Cort landt, "I am afraid we can see noth ing." Fortunately, at this moment the Cal llsto entered the moon's tapering shadow. "Tills," said Avrault, -Is good luck. We could of course have gone Into tihe shadow; but to ohanga our course would have delayed us, and we might have lost part of the chance of Increasing our speed." " "There will be no danger from me toon or eubsatcllltes hero," said Bear warden. "for anything revolving about tho moon a this distance would bo caught by the esrth." The sun had apparently set behind tho moon, un-d tliey wero eclipsed. Tho stars shone with the utmost splendor sgalmt the dead-black ky, and the earth hd peired ns a large crescent, still consid erably larger than the satellite to which they were accustomed. Exactly at mid night a faint phosphorescent light, like that of a glow-worm, appeared In tlm region of Greenland on tho planet they had left. It gradually Increased Its strength till It shone like a long white beam projected from a lighthouse, and In this they beheld tho work of the greatest searchlight over made by man, receiving for a few moments t tha electricity generated by the nvnllable dynamos at Niagara and the Buy of Fundy, tlin eteum engine ami other sources of power In the Northern Hemi sphere, The beam lasted with growing Intensity for one minute; It then spoiled out with cloan-cut intervals, according to the Cablo Cede: "21 degrees 6 luc onds. The Southern Hemisphere pumps are now raising and storing water at full blast. We have already begun to lower the Arctic Ocean." "Victory!" shouted Bearwarden, In an ecstacy of delight. "Nearly half a de gree In six months, with but ne pole working. If we can ailil nt this rate eaoh tlm to tho spoi-J of straightening already uculred we can rcvorso our engines In five years, and In five mora tho earth will be at rest and right." "Look!" said Ayrault, "they urn send ing something e'.so. The flashes came In rapid succession, rnurhlng far into space. With their glasses flxod upon ( BSa&-) "Have you ever come In contact "Hav. 17 Why, only the other (ODSfrMU. J1J, 7 Iks Pmi PuMntikia Cm. I (Tb ! York World.) Would; Fella rl ave j 'br Ton A Some I : them, they made out these sentences; "Our telescopes, In whatever part of th earth was turned toward you, hav. fol lowed you since you started, and did not lose sight of you till you entered tho moon's shadow. On your present course yon will be In darkness till ltiH, when we shall ae you again." On receiving this last earthly mes ssg th travellers .prang to their searchlight and, using Ita full power, telegraphed back the following: "Many thanks to yuu for good news about eirth, and to Secretary Deepwaters for lending us the navy, Besult of work most glorious, llemember us to every body. Shadow's edge spproachlng." This waa read 'by the men In th great olucrvatorlca, who evidently telephoned to the Arctic Signal Light Immediately, for It flashed back: "Clot your message perfectly. V!h you greatest luck. Th T. A. H, Co. has decked the Calllsto' pedestal with (lowers and has ordered a tsblet set up on thn site to commemo rate your celestial Journey." At that moment the shadow swpt by, snd they were In th full blaia of clotidleis day. The change wa so great that for a moment they were obliged to close their eyes. Th polished sides of the Calllsto shone so brightly that they knew they wero easily aeen. The power temporarily diverted In sending them tho message then returned to the work of draining the Arctlo Ocean, which, as the North Pole was not returning to tha sun, was the thing to do, snd the trav ellers resumed their study of the heav enly bodies. CHAPTER III. Space and Mart. ISVl'ill before had the travellers observed the stars and planets under auch favorable condi tions. No air or clouds Inter vened, and as tha Calllsto did not rovolve on Its axla there waa no ne cessity for changing the direction of th glasses. After an hour of this Interest ing work, however, as It was already itn at the longitude Kiev hnil Ixft nn earth, and as they knew they had many dt;-a In space before them, they pre- By Joe Ryan with royalty?" night I was beaten by four Mngt." UM-M.1D KINDA LlrfE T06CT AT THE OT3JCCT Of . i i mm m s rSi? ass 1 ) 13EAU SEND I Vy PI Hekabox h til mm XM s OF CANDY L.'VrV..a3 .mfW ot. Aso of t-V iB? pared to go to bed. When ready, they had only to pull down the shades; for. as apergy was not applied to them, but only to th Calllsto, they still looked upon th floor aa down, and closed tha heavy curtains to have night or dark ness. They found that the side of tne CalUsto turned constantly toward Iho sun was becoming very warm, the double toughened glass windows making It like a greenhouse; but they consotwl themselves with th thought that th aun'a power on them waa hourly becom ing less, and they felt sura th double walla and thick upholstery would pro tect thitn almost anywhere within th solar system from the Intense cold of space. The bare and one side of th Calllsto had constnnt sunshine, while the other slda snd the dome were In the .blackest night. This dome, on account of Its shape, sky windows and the complete nets with which It could b Isolated, was an Ideal observatory, and there was sel dom a time during their waking hours for the rest of the Journey when It was not occupied by one, two or all th ob servers. 'There Is something marvellous," said Cortlandt, "about the condition of apacs. Ita absolute cold la appalling, apparent ly because there Is nothing to absorb heat; yet we find the nas of thla ma terial projectile uncomfortably warm, though, should wa expoa a, thermometer In the shade In front, we know It would .how a temperature nt three hundred tn four hundred degree, below sero wrre tha Instrument capable of record ing It." Artificial Airkness having been ob tained, th travellers were soon asleep, Bearwarden' dreams being regaled with thoughts of his company's triumph; Ay rnult's, naturally, with visions of Sylvia; whlln Cortlimlt frequently started up, thinking hn had already mad soma great astronomical discovery. About I A. M., according to seventy fifth meridian time, the explorers awoke feeling greatly refreshed. The tank !n which the liquefied oxygen was kept automatically gave off Ita gss so evenly that the air remained normal, while thn limn contained lit cups absorbed the carbon dioxide as fast as they exhalod It. Thoy hod darkened thot windows through which the sun was actually pouring, for, on account of th empti ness of the surrounding ether and con sequent absence of diffusion of light, nothing but the Inky blackness of space snd the bright stara looked In at the rest. On raising the shades they got an Idea of their speed. A small oresont, sm tiler than th. familiar moon, accom panied by on still tinier, waa all that could be en of th earth and It satel lite. "We must." said Bearwarden. "be moving at the rate or nearly a million miles an hour, from th way wa hav travelled!." "We must he doing fully a million," replied Cortlandt, "for by this time we sre pretty well tn motion, having got a tremendous start when so near the moon, with It and the earth In line." The first thing that attracted their at tention was the alga and brilliance of Mars. Although this red planet whs over forty million miles from tho earth when they started, they oilc'llated that It was less than thirty million miles from them now, or five millions nearer than It had ever been to them before. Toward evening they noticed through their gtisses that several apparently Island peaks In the Southern Hemi sphere, which was turned towsrd them, became whlto, from whloh they con cluded that a snowstorm was In prog ress. The south polar region was alai markedly glactitnl, though thn lce-ap was not as extensive ss either of those at the poles of thn earth. "We must be on tha lookout for th satellites," said Cortlandt; "a collision By C. To? rHe tove oV 4 ,, - - - lp ptnE! -f 9lgiSK55f LET'S Go out To TUB J WkjJSm3mi$ (ZOO.I'MBETT&H J m i X. s , with either would bn won than a wrck on a desert Island." They therefor turned their glass I. the direction of th utelHtes. "Wn must be ready to repsl boirder," said Bearwarden, observing It for tn. first time and fixing hla glass upon 1U "That must be I'hobos." Not ten miles off they beheld Mare's Inner moon, and though their own P4 caused them to overtax, and rush by it like s whirlwind, tha smtelltts's rapid motion tn Its orbit. In a course tem porarily almost parallel with thelra, served tn give them a chance th. better to examine It. Her. the mountain ranges wero considerably mora conspic uous than on Delmos, and there were boulders and loose stones upon their slopes, which looked aa If there might at aome time hav been frost and water on Ita surface; but It waa all dry now, neither was there any air. Th evi dence of volcanic action wars also plainly visible, whlln m. noticeable flat tening at tha poles showed that the lit tle body had one rotated rapidly oa It. axis, though whether It did so stilt they had not Urn to aacertaln. When ahreaat of It rhey were leas than twe mile, distant, and they aecurM several Instantaneous impression, which they put aside to develop later. Aa the radius of I'hobos'. circle was far shorter than that of th parabolic curve they were making. It began to draw away and waa rapidly left behind. Applying th full apergetln: force to Mara and th larger moon, they shot away tike an ar row, having had their speid Increased by th planet's attraction while ap proaching It, and Wbaequently by repul sion. i?lthr of thess," said Bearwarden. looking back at th. Uttl s.tsllltes, "wnuU b . nlo. yacht for a man to explore spsce on. He would also, of course, need . sun to warm him. If he wished to go beyond thla system, but that would not hav to be a large af fair In fact, It might be smaller than th plsnot, and could revolve About l( Ilk a moon." Thus they est and talked, or studied maps and star charts, or the stars thnmsslves, while tn hour, quickly passed and they shot through apace. They had now a straight stretch of over three hundred million miles, and had to cross the orbits nt Innumerable asteroid on thn way. Tha apparent sis. of th. sun had by this ttmn eonsldrably de creased, and th Interior of th Calllsto was no longer uncomfortably warm. They divided the day Into twenty-four hours from fore of habit, and drew th. shades tightly during what they co)sld4 ere.! night, whlla Bearwarden distln gulshed himself as a cook. The following day, whll. m their ob servatory, they saw something not many mites ahead. They watched It for hours; nml In fact all day, but notwithstanding their tremendous speed they earn hut llttln neirrr. "They say a stern chas Is a long one," said Bearwsrden: "but that beats; anything I have ever seen." After a while, however, they found tliev were nearer, the time tsken having been In part due to th. deceptive rtla tance, which wss greater than they sup posed. "A comet!" exclaimed Cortlandt ex citedly. "We shall really ba abl. ta x otnlne It near." "It's going In our direction," said Ay rault, "and at almost ax.otly enr spend." J While the inn shone full upon It thy brought their camera Into play, an again succeeded In photographing a hejvenly body at close range. Th. nu cleus or heat) was of course turned toward the aun; while the tat), which they could sen faintly, preceded It, a. tb comet was receding toward th. caM and dark depths of spscr. (To Ba Continued.) M. Payne i- - . ' .' '