Somewhere along the coast
or even in the depths of the jungle itself there were white men.
The 9th of February the Nautilus floated in the broadest part of the Red Sea, which is comprised between Souakin, on the west coast
, and Komfidah, on the east coast
, with a diameter of ninety miles.
From time to time the coast
was visible through the broken mist, but no vessel was in sight.
It was the first Martian my brother had seen, and he stood, more amazed than terrified, watching this Titan advancing deliberately towards the shipping, wading farther and farther into the water as the coast
He pointed out to him the bearings of the coast
, explained to him the variations of the compass, and taught him to read in that vast book opened over our heads which they call heaven, and where God writes in azure with letters of diamonds.
Such is a feeble outline of the Californian coast
and country, the value of which is more and more attracting the attention of naval powers.
Among the American ships which traded along the northwest coast
in 1792, was the Columbia, Captain Gray, of Boston.
From Smyrna towards the Holy Land the course will lay through the Grecian Archipelago, close by the Isle of Patmos, along the coast
of Asia, ancient Pamphylia, and the Isle of Cyprus.
As we raced along the coast
for one of those seem-ingly interminable periods that may draw hours into eternities where the labor is soul-searing and there is no way to measure time, I saw what I took for the opening to a bay or the mouth of a great river a short distance ahead of us.
In the old days, he said, they had crossed the grasslands and attacked the salt-water natives; but since the coming of the white men to the coast
they had remained in their interior fastnesses, and no salt-water native had ever seen them again.
So she used to slip out alone sometimes, when Fanny was absorbed in novels, company, or millinery, and get fine brisk walks round the park, on the unfashionable side, where the babies took their airings; or she went inside, to watch the boys coasting, and to wish she could coast
too, as she did at home.
Our only hope lies in making the nearest land, which, unless I am mistaken, is the Scilly Islands, off the southwest coast