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Ch 5

The System of Archangel Hariton
And indeed, soon after this rumor, practical experiments open
to all, again under the superintendence of the Great Archangel
Adossia, were made with this new and later very famous invention.
“This new system was unanimously acknowledged to be the
best, and very soon it was adopted for general Universal service
and thereafter gradually all previous systems were entirely superseded.
“That system of the Great Angel, now Archangel, Hariton is now
in use everywhere at the present day.
“The ship on which we are now flying also belongs to this system
and its construction is similar to that of all the ships built on
the system of the Angel Hariton.
“This system is not very complicated.
“The whole of this great invention consists of only a single ‘cylinder’
shaped like an ordinary barrel.
“The secret of this cylinder lies in the disposition of the materials
of which its inner side is made.
“These materials are arranged in a certain order and isolated
from each other by means of Amber.’ They have such a property
that if any cosmic gaseous substance whatever enters the space
which they enclose, whether it be ‘atmosphere,’ ‘air,’ ‘ether,’ or any
other ‘totality’ of homogeneous cosmic elements, it immediately
expands, owing to the mentioned disposition of materials within
the cylinder.
“The bottom of this cylinder-barrel is hermetically sealed, but
its lid, although it can be closely shut, yet is so arranged on hinges
that at a pressure from within it can be opened and shut again.
“So, your Right Reverence, if this cylinder-barrel is filled with atmosphere,
air, or any other such substance,
then from the action of the walls of this peculiar cylinder-barrel,
these substances expand to such an extent that the interior becomes
too small to hold them.
“Striving to find an outlet from this, for them constricted, interior,
they naturally press also against the lid of the cylinder-barrel,
and thanks to the said hinges the lid opens and, having allowed
these expanded substances to escape, immediately closes
again. And as in general Nature abhors a vacuum, then simultaneously
with the release of the expanded gaseous substances
the cylinder-barrel is again filled with fresh substances from outside,
with which in their turn the same proceeds as before, and
so on without end.
“Thus the substances are always being changed, and the lid of
the cylinder-barrel alternately opens and shuts.
“To this same lid there is fixed a very simple lever which moves
with the movement of the lid and in turn sets in motion certain
also very simple ‘cogwheels’ which again in their turn revolve the
fans attached to the sides and stern of the ship itself.
“Thus, your Right Reverence, in spaces where there is no resistance,
contemporary ships like ours simply fall towards the nearest
‘stability’; but in spaces where there are any cosmic substances
which offer resistance, these substances, whatever their
density, with the aid of this cylinder enable the ship to move in
any desired direction.
“It is interesting to remark that the denser the substance is in
any given part of the Universe, the better and more strongly the
charging and discharging of this cylinder-barrel proceed, and in
consequence of course, the force of the movement of the levers
is also changed.
“But nevertheless, I repeat, a sphere without atmosphere, that
is, a space containing only World Etherokrilno, is for contemporary
ships also the best, because in such a sphere there is no
resistance at all, and the
‘Law of Falling’ can therefore be fully
employed in it without any
assistance from the work of the cylinder.
“Further than this, the contemporary ships are also good because
they contain such possibilities that in atmosphereless
spaces an impetus can be given to them in any direction, and
they can fall just where desired without the complicated manipulations
necessary in ships of the system of Saint Venoma.
“In short, your Right Reverence, the convenience and simplicity
of the contemporary ships are beyond comparison with former
ships, which were often both very complicated and at the same
time had none of the possibilities of the ships we use now.”
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