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-[[Jules Verne]] and [[Michel Verne]]+[[authors:Jules Verne]] and [[authors:Michel Verne]]
  
  
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 all seems natural. Could they but duly appreciate the refinements of all seems natural. Could they but duly appreciate the refinements of
 civilization in our day; could they but compare the present with the civilization in our day; could they but compare the present with the
-past, and so better comprehend the advance we have made! How much fairer +past, and so better comprehend the advance we have made! How much fairer they would find our modern towns, with populations amounting sometimes to 10,000,000 souls; their streets 300 feet wide, their houses 1000 feet in height; with a temperature the same in all seasons; with their lines of aërial locomotion crossing the sky in every direction! If they would but picture to themselves the state of things that once existed, when through muddy streets rumbling boxes on wheels, drawn by horses--yes,​ by horses!--were the only means of conveyance. 
-they would find our modern towns, with populations amounting sometimes + 
-to 10,000,000 souls; their streets 300 feet wide, their houses 1000 feet +Think of the railroads of the olden time, and you will be able to appreciate the pneumatic tubes through which to-day one travels at the rate of 1000 miles an hour. 
-in height; with a temperature the same in all seasons; with their lines +
-of aërial locomotion crossing the sky in every direction! If they would +
-but picture to themselves the state of things that once existed, when +
-through muddy streets rumbling boxes on wheels, drawn by horses--yes,​ by +
-horses!--were the only means of conveyance. Think of the railroads of +
-the olden time, and you will be able to appreciate the pneumatic tubes +
-through which to-day one travels at the rate of 1000 miles an hour.+
 Would not our contemporaries prize the telephone and the telephote more Would not our contemporaries prize the telephone and the telephote more
 highly if they had not forgotten the telegraph? highly if they had not forgotten the telegraph?
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 Singularly enough, all these transformations rest upon principles which Singularly enough, all these transformations rest upon principles which
 were perfectly familiar to our remote ancestors, but which they were perfectly familiar to our remote ancestors, but which they
-disregarded. Heat, for instance, is as ancient as man himself; +disregarded. Heat, for instance, is as ancient as man himself; electricity was known 3000 years ago, and steam 1100 years ago. Nay, so 
-electricity was known 3000 years ago, and steam 1100 years ago. Nay, so +early as ten centuries ago it was known that the differences between the several chemical and physical forces depend on the mode of vibration of the etheric particles, which is for each specifically different. When at last the kinship of all these forces was discovered, it is simply astounding that 500 years should still have to elapse before men could analyze and describe the several modes of vibration that constitute these differences. Above all, it is singular that the mode of reproducing these forces directly from one another, and of reproducing one without the others, should have remained undiscovered till less tha a hundred years ago. Nevertheless,​ such was the course of events, for it was not till the year 2792 that the famous Oswald Nier made this great discovery.
-early as ten centuries ago it was known that the differences between the +
-several chemical and physical forces depend on the mode of vibration of +
-the etheric particles, which is for each specifically different. When at +
-last the kinship of all these forces was discovered, it is simply +
-astounding that 500 years should still have to elapse before men could +
-analyze and describe the several modes of vibration that constitute +
-these differences. Above all, it is singular that the mode of +
-reproducing these forces directly from one another, and of reproducing +
-one without the others, should have remained undiscovered till less than +
-a hundred years ago. Nevertheless,​ such was the course of events, for it +
-was not till the year 2792 that the famous Oswald Nier made this great +
-discovery.+
  
 Truly was he a great benefactor of the human race. His admirable Truly was he a great benefactor of the human race. His admirable
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 whatever form may be desired, whether as heat, light, electricity,​ or whatever form may be desired, whether as heat, light, electricity,​ or
 mechanical force, after having first obtained from it the work required. mechanical force, after having first obtained from it the work required.
 +
 From the day when these two instruments were contrived is to be dated From the day when these two instruments were contrived is to be dated
 the era of true progress. They have put into the hands of man a power the era of true progress. They have put into the hands of man a power
-that is almost infinite. As for their applications,​ they are numberless.+that is almost infinite. As for their applications,​ they are numberless
 Mitigating the rigors of winter, by giving back to the atmosphere the Mitigating the rigors of winter, by giving back to the atmosphere the
 surplus heat stored up during the summer, they have revolutionized surplus heat stored up during the summer, they have revolutionized
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 For George Washington Smith'​s newspaper has lived generation after For George Washington Smith'​s newspaper has lived generation after
-generation, now passing out of the family, anon coming back to it. When, +generation, now passing out of the family, anon coming back to it. When, 200 years ago, the political center of the United States was transferred from Washington to Centropolis,​ the newspaper followed the government and assumed the name of Earth Chronicle. Unfortunately,​ it was unable to maintain itself at the high level of its name. Pressed on all sides by rival journals of a more modern type, it was continually in danger of collapse. Twenty years ago its subscription list contained but a few hundred thousand names, and then Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith bought it for a mere trifle, and originated telephonic journalism.
-200 years ago, the political center of the United States was transferred +
-from Washington to Centropolis,​ the newspaper followed the government +
-and assumed the name of Earth Chronicle. Unfortunately,​ it was unable to +
-maintain itself at the high level of its name. Pressed on all sides by +
-rival journals of a more modern type, it was continually in danger of +
-collapse. Twenty years ago its subscription list contained but a few +
-hundred thousand names, and then Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith bought it for +
-a mere trifle, and originated telephonic journalism.+
  
 Every one is familiar with Fritz Napoleon Smith'​s system--a system made Every one is familiar with Fritz Napoleon Smith'​s system--a system made
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 and Smith'​s wealth went on growing, till now it reaches the almost and Smith'​s wealth went on growing, till now it reaches the almost
 unimaginable figure of $10,​000,​000,​000. This lucky hit has enabled him unimaginable figure of $10,​000,​000,​000. This lucky hit has enabled him
-to erect his new building, a vast edifice with four _façades_, each 3,250 +to erect his new building, a vast edifice with four _façades_, each 3,250 feet in length, over which proudly floats the hundred-starred flag of the Union. Thanks to the same lucky hit, he is to-day king of
-feet in length, over which proudly floats the hundred-starred flag of +
-the Union. Thanks to the same lucky hit, he is to-day king of+
 newspaperdom;​ indeed, he would be king of all the Americans, too, if newspaperdom;​ indeed, he would be king of all the Americans, too, if
 Americans could ever accept a king. You do not believe it? Well, then, Americans could ever accept a king. You do not believe it? Well, then,
 look at the plenipotentiaries of all nations and our own ministers look at the plenipotentiaries of all nations and our own ministers
-themselves crowding about his door, entreating his counsels, begging for +themselves crowding about his door, entreating his counsels, begging for his approbation,​ imploring the aid of his all-powerful organ. Reckon up the number of scientists and artists that he supports, of inventors that he has under his pay.
-his approbation,​ imploring the aid of his all-powerful organ. Reckon up +
-the number of scientists and artists that he supports, of inventors that +
-he has under his pay.+
  
 Yes, a king is he. And in truth his is a royalty full of burdens. His Yes, a king is he. And in truth his is a royalty full of burdens. His
-labors are incessant, and there is no doubt at all that in earlier times +labors are incessant, and there is no doubt at all that in earlier times any man would have succumbed under the overpowering stress of the toil which Mr. Smith has to perform. Very fortunately for him, thanks to the progress of hygiene, which, abating all the old sources of
-any man would have succumbed under the overpowering stress of the toil +
-which Mr. Smith has to perform. Very fortunately for him, thanks to the +
-progress of hygiene, which, abating all the old sources of+
 unhealthfulness,​ has lifted the mean of human life from 37 up to 52 unhealthfulness,​ has lifted the mean of human life from 37 up to 52
 years, men have stronger constitutions now than heretofore. The years, men have stronger constitutions now than heretofore. The
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 attempt to estimate the amount of labor he undergoes; an example alone attempt to estimate the amount of labor he undergoes; an example alone
 can give an idea of it. Let us then go about with him for one day as he can give an idea of it. Let us then go about with him for one day as he
-attends to his multifarious concernments. What day? That matters little; +attends to his multifarious concernments. What day? That matters little; it is the same every day. Let us then take at random September 25th of this present year 2889.
-it is the same every day. Let us then take at random September 25th of +
-this present year 2889.+
  
 This morning Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith awoke in very bad humor. His wife This morning Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith awoke in very bad humor. His wife
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 Incredible though it seems, in all the ten years since their marriage, Incredible though it seems, in all the ten years since their marriage,
 this is the first time that Mrs. Edith Smith, the professional beauty, this is the first time that Mrs. Edith Smith, the professional beauty,
-has been so long absent from home; two or three days usually suffice for +has been so long absent from home; two or three days usually suffice for her frequent trips to Europe. The first thing that Mr. Smith does is to connect his phonotelephote,​ the wires of which communicate with his  Paris mansion. The telephote! Here is another of the great triumphs of science in our time. The transmission of speech is an old story; the transmission of images by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires is a thing but of yesterday. A valuable invention indeed, and Mr. Smith
-her frequent trips to Europe. The first thing that Mr. Smith does is to +
-connect his phonotelephote,​ the wires of which communicate with his +
-Paris mansion. The telephote! Here is another of the great triumphs of +
-science in our time. The transmission of speech is an old story; the +
-transmission of images by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires +
-is a thing but of yesterday. A valuable invention indeed, and Mr. Smith+
 this morning was not niggard of blessings for the inventor, when by its this morning was not niggard of blessings for the inventor, when by its
 aid he was able distinctly to see his wife notwithstanding the distance aid he was able distinctly to see his wife notwithstanding the distance
 that separated him from her. Mrs. Smith, weary after the ball or the that separated him from her. Mrs. Smith, weary after the ball or the
 visit to the theater the preceding night, is still abed, though it is visit to the theater the preceding night, is still abed, though it is
-near noontide at Paris. She is asleep, her head sunk in the lace-covered +near noontide at Paris. She is asleep, her head sunk in the lace-covered pillows. What? She stirs? Her lips move. She is dreaming perhaps? Yes, dreaming. She is talking, pronouncing a name--his name--Fritz! The delightful vision gave a happier turn to Mr. Smith'​s thoughts. And now, at the call of imperative duty, light-hearted he springs from his bed and enters his mechanical dresser.
-pillows. What? She stirs? Her lips move. She is dreaming perhaps? Yes, +
-dreaming. She is talking, pronouncing a name--his name--Fritz! The +
-delightful vision gave a happier turn to Mr. Smith'​s thoughts. And now, +
-at the call of imperative duty, light-hearted he springs from his bed +
-and enters his mechanical dresser.+
  
 Two minutes later the machine deposited him all dressed at the threshold Two minutes later the machine deposited him all dressed at the threshold
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