at this moment took its station in advance of the cars, looking, I must confess, much more like a sort of mechanical demon that would hurry us to the infernal regions than a laudable contrivance for smoothing our way to the Celestial City.
From the engine
room companionway came the engineer and stockers, and together we leaped after the balance of the crew and into the hand-to-hand fight that was covering the wet deck with red blood.
I've known a derelict up-end and sift her engines
out of herself and flicker round the Lower Lanes for three weeks on her forward tanks only.
All this time it had been impossible to work upon the damaged engines
or the gravity-screen generators; but we had a full set of instruments upon the bridge, for Alvarez, after discovering my intentions, had fetched the reserve instruments from his own cabin, where he had hidden them.
we've got on the line, and the best driver.
The wood-encased bulk of the low-pressure cylinder, frowning portly from above, emitted a faint wheeze at every thrust, and except for that low hiss the engines
worked their steel limbs headlong or slow with a silent, determined smoothness.
They listened with strained ears - the engine
continued to beat.
That she had dropped into the last coma which would end in death, if the air supply remained unreplenished, I well knew, and so, throwing caution to the winds, I flung overboard everything but the engine
and compass, even to my ornaments, and lying on my belly along the deck with one hand on the steering wheel and the other pushing the speed lever to its last notch I split the thin air of dying Mars with the speed of a meteor.
I see only a coincidence of occurrences such as happens with all the phenomena of life, and I see that however much and however carefully I observe the hands of the watch, and the valves and wheels of the engine
, and the oak, I shall not discover the cause of the bells ringing, the engine
moving, or of the winds of spring.
True," replied the president; "but we will overcome that, for the force of impulsion will depend on the length of the engine
and the powder employed, the latter being limited only by the resisting power of the former.
Somewhere in the distance, off to the west, there was a prolonged blast from the whistle of a passenger engine
only at full speed, drawing a triumphal carriage, had the right of traveling for those four days on the railroads of the United States.