By a Law of Nature with us, there is a constant attraction to the South; and, although in temperate climates this is very slight -- so that even a Woman in reasonable health can journey several furlongs northward without much difficulty -- yet the hampering effect of the southward attraction is quite sufficient to serve as a compass
in most parts of our earth.
Not until their lights were no longer discernible did I venture to flash my little lamp upon my compass, and then I found to my consternation that a fragment of the projectile had utterly destroyed my only guide, as well as my speedometer.
Helium lies a thousand miles southwest of Zodanga, and with my compass intact I should have made the trip, barring accidents, in between four and five hours.
The manometer showed that the Nautilus kept at a constant depth of more than three hundred yards; the compass
still pointed to south; the log indicated a speed of twenty miles an hour, which, in such a cramped space, was very great.
The old seamen say, ‘that the devil wouldn’t make a sailor, unless he looked aloft’ As for the compass
, why, there is no such thing as steering without one.
He resisted, and sitting down on a sand hill contrived to amuse them with a pocket compass
Carthoris' improvement upon this consisted of an auxiliary device which steered the craft mechanically in the direction of the compass
, and upon arrival directly over the point for which the compass
was set, brought the craft to a standstill and lowered it, also automatically, to the ground.
I tried to explain the compass
to him; and though he never really grasped the scientific explanation of it, yet he did learn to steer by it quite as well as I.
We still have the compass
and the sun," said Olson.
He darted a look into the binnacle and took a hurried compass
bearing of the sounds Jerry was making.
Nearly all oblong or circular, and as if traced with the compass
, they seem to form one vast archipelago, equal to that charming group lying between Greece and Asia Minor, and which mythology in ancient times adorned with most graceful legends.
At one house a young woman, who was ill in bed, sent to entreat me to come and show her the compass
This child's presence called up both in Vronsky and in Anna a feeling akin to the feeling of a sailor who sees by the compass
that the direction in which he is swiftly moving is far from the right one, but that to arrest his motion is not in his power, that every instant is carrying him further and further away, and that to admit to himself his deviation from the right direction is the same as admitting his certain ruin.
By this time I had got at a frightful distance from the island, and had the least cloudy or hazy weather intervened, I had been undone another way, too; for I had no compass
on board, and should never have known how to have steered towards the island, if I had but once lost sight of it; but the weather continuing clear, I applied myself to get up my mast again, and spread my sail, standing away to the north as much as possible, to get out of the current.
Some nautical authority had told me a day or two previous, 'anything with west in it, will do;' so when I darted out of bed at daylight, and throwing up the window, was saluted by a lively breeze from the north-west which had sprung up in the night, it came upon me so freshly, rustling with so many happy associations, that I conceived upon the spot a special regard for all airs blowing from that quarter of the compass
, which I shall cherish, I dare say, until my own wind has breathed its last frail puff, and withdrawn itself for ever from the mortal calendar.