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By Jules Verne

Jules Verne's vintage technological know-how fiction tale Twenty Thousand Leagues less than the ocean tells the nice story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 a wierd and unknown sea monster is sighted by means of ships and an ocean liner is attacked. An day trip prepares in ny, to discover and break the menacing creature. The 20,000 of the name refers to an total distance traveled less than the ocean, instead of an very unlikely degree of descent.

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That reminds me,” Danny said, “of a story of a man who owned two whorehouses—” His mouth dropped open. ” he cried “Pilon! My little fat duck of a baby friend. I had forgotten! I am an heir! ” Pilon asked hopefully. “Thou art a drunken liar,” he continued. “No, Pilon. I tell the truth. The viejo died. I am the heir. ” “Thou art the only grandson,” said the realist Pilon. ” Danny sank back, exhausted with emotion. “I do not know. ” Pilon sat silent and absorbed. His face grew mournful. He threw a handful of pine needles on the fire, watched the flames climb frantically among them and die.

Who am I, thy friend, to judge the destination of this brandy? I am not even sure thou hast it. Besides I am not thirsty. I would not touch this brandy. ” Pilon answered him sternly. “Danny, I do not mind sharing my brandy with you, half and half. ” Danny dropped the subject then. “Here in the clearing I will cook this pig, and you will toast the sugar cakes in this bag here. Put thy brandy here, Pilon. ” They built a fire and broiled the ham and ate the stale bread. The brandy receded quickly down the bottle.

Rupert Hogan, the seller of spirits, added water to his gin and put it away to be served after midnight. And he shook a little pepper into his early evening whisky. At El Paseo dancing pavilion, Bullet Rosendale opened a carton of pretzels and arranged them like coarse brown lace on the big courtesy plates. The Palace Drug Company wound up its awnings. A little group of men who had spent the afternoon in front of the post office, greeting their friends, moved toward the station to see the Del Monte Express from San Francisco come in.

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