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Wheels creak on their axles as the cogs engage one another and the revolving pulleys whirr with the rapidity of their movement, but a neighboring wheel is as quiet and motionless as though it were prepared to remain so for a hundred years; but the moment comes when the lever catches it and obeying the impulse that wheel begins to creak and joins in the common motion the result and aim of which are beyond its ken.
One by one the pursuers were distanced, and as the last of them fell out of range behind, Carthoris dropped the Thuria's nose to a horizontal plane, as with lever drawn to the last notch, she tore through the thin air of dying Mars toward the east and Ptarth.
Then, when we had all imitated the action of the Medical Man, he said: `Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion.
Bert groaned from his heart and struggled to restore the lever to its first position.
Lever, the proprietor, of course had disappeared in convulsions of courtesy long before.
The intrepid treasure-seeker walked round it, and, selecting the spot from whence it appeared most susceptible to attack, placed his lever in one of the crevices, and strained every nerve to move the mass.
At the same time Athos struck a violent blow upon the plaster, which split, presenting a chink for the point of the lever.
Thurid approached and examined the handle of the lever.
Then the formidable lever rose ten times in ten seconds, and made ten corpses.
Power they seek for, and above all, the lever of power, much money--these impotent ones!
A few instants later the platform was quivering, and with puffs of steam hanging low in the air from the frost, the engine rolled up, with the lever of the middle wheel rhythmically moving up and down, and the stooping figure of the engine-driver covered with frost.
For a moment we were silent, and then the old man's hand grasped the starting lever.