The curtain is rung up, and immediately strange events take place: there comes upon the world 'a great and vast upheaval of Nature,' the result of which is to annihilate all countries on the earth save Great Britain and New Zealand. All the Britishers, save a mere handful, die off almost immediately, as a direct result of lack of food supplies; but those who are spared alive are assisted by spirits (celestial, not alcoholic), and are enabled to do practically everything they wish. From this startling opening one proceeds to further marvels, all related with energy and seriousness. Those to whom incident is the main feature in fiction will be delighted with Mr. Long's romance.
country, Great Britain, has not been swallowed up by the seas?"
"I can only account for that by supposing that the whole land has been raised higher by volcanic action, in the same way that this new world has sprung out of the ocean," said Captain Sinclair.
"But surely," said Mr. Robertson, "in that case we should have felt more of the shock than we did, besides, it would be very remarkable if the whole land, just as it was, had been moved up without any addition or subtraction."
"Would not a depression on the seabottom around our shores come to the same thing?" inquired Miles.
"I cannot understand it," said Captain Sinclair. "The fact remains that with all this great upheaval the sea has found her level without submerging Britain."
Meantime the storm had ceased, and the ship now made good way on her course towards the old country, for the captain, on making observations, found they were running straight for England.
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