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.
The shaft was a mighty magnet, and when once a vessel came within the radius of its powerful attraction for the aluminum
steel that enters so largely into the construction of all Barsoomian craft, no power on earth could prevent such an end as we had just witnessed.
I also strapped a considerable quantity of ammuni-tion across my shoulders, pocketed some matches, and hooked an aluminum
fry-pan and a small stew-kettle of the same metal to my belt.
The floor, ceiling and walls were of carborundum aluminum
, a light, impenetrable composition extensively utilized in the construction of Martian fighting ships.
There was a box of vestas, two inches of tallow candle, an A D P brier-root pipe, a pouch of seal-skin with half an ounce of long-cut Cavendish, a silver watch with a gold chain, five sovereigns in gold, an aluminum
pencil-case, a few papers, and an ivory-handled knife with a very delicate, inflexible bade marked Weiss & Co.