fare itself, the only field remaining where undying fame may be purchased, seems likely to lose its hold on men, and soon the arbitrator will everywhere replace the commander-in-chief and the noble art of war will degenerate into the ignoble lawsuit. So even universal peace may have its drawbacks."
"That is quite sufficient in that line," said Margaret. "Now let us come down to something practicable."
"Well, I might bribe the pilot to sink the steamer when we are going up the bay, so that I could have the opportunity of saving your life."
"It would be almost worth the trial if it were not for the other people," she returned. "Such a role would become you immensely."
"I regret that I cannot accommodate you," I said. "But I have thought of something which would be rather safer for you. How would you like to have me fall desperately in love with some pretty girl?"
"Just the thing," exclaimed Margaret, laughing and clapping her hands, "if you can only be sure she will not return your passion."
If you felt Burroughs' Martian novels to be unrealistic, by all means take a glimpse into Daybreak. Your appreciation of Mr B will skyrocket.
* In the 19th century, if you could not go to the moon, why not wait until it came to you.
* Poor science (perhaps understandable for the time) supporting another 19th century Utopian theme.
* Daybreak: that new day, that could be, if Earth men adopted that theme.
* The story is just an attempt to wrap personal social and religious doc tern in the disguise of a scientific adventure.