Immediately the operation of boring was commenced; and by the aid of powerful machines, a few weeks later, the inner surface of the immense tube had been rendered perfectly cylindrical, and the bore of the piece had acquired a thorough polish.
It was something, indeed, to be enabled to contemplate this immense Columbiad; but to descend into its depths, this seemed to the Americans the ne plus ultra of earthly felicity.
When the adventurers, who first penetrated these wilds, met, in the centre of the forests, immense
plains, covered with rich verdure or rank grasses, they naturally gave them the appellation of meadows.
This plain, would then be nothing but an immense cemetery, on which would repose the mortal remains of thousands of extinct generations.
"The Selenites might have undertaken these immense works and dug these enormous holes for a refuge and shield from the solar rays which beat upon them during fifteen consecutive days."
Here I exchanged my nuts for pepper and good aloes wood, and went a-fishing for pearls with some of the other merchants, and my divers were so lucky that very soon I had an immense
number, and those very large and perfect.
If the salary is fixed without any regard for that law, as, for instance, when I see two engineers leaving college together, both equally well trained and efficient, and one getting forty thousand while the other is satisfied with two; or when I see lawyers and hussars, having no special qualifications, appointed directors of banking companies with immense
salaries, I conclude that the salary is not fixed in accordance with the law of supply and demand, but simply through personal interest.
In the course of these, they came upon immense herds of buffalo, which kept scouring off in the van, like a retreating army.
The buffalo in such immense droves presented a tempting opportunity for making his first essay.
These were distributed at various trading posts, established far and wide on the interior lakes and rivers, at immense distances from each other, and in the heart of trackless countries and savage tribes.
This singular and beautiful system of internal seas, which renders an immense region of wilderness so accessible to the frail bark of the Indian or the trader, was studded by the remote posts of the company, where they carried on their traffic with the surrounding tribes.
For the most part he kept his eyes shut tight, as if suspecting his sight might be destroyed in the immense flurry of the elements.
If the steering-gear did not give way, if the immense volumes of water did not burst the deck in or smash one of the hatches, if the engines did not give up, if way could be kept on the ship against this terrific wind, and she did not bury herself in one of these awful seas, of whose white crests alone, topping high above her bows, he could now and then get a sickening glimpse -- then there was a chance of her coming out of it.
The high partitions, leaning forward on their base, grew into a vaulted roof bearing the shape of an immense funnel turned upside down, the height being about five or six hundred yards.
"It belongs to one of the numerous islands with which this sea is strewn--to vessels a simple sandbank--to us an immense cavern.