De la Terre à la Lune

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Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1865
Language: French
Wordcount: 58,143 / 207 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 2,501
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Origin: gutenberg.org
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tique leur audacieuse ingéniosité. De là ces canons gigantesques, beaucoup moins utiles que les machines à coudre, mais aussi étonnants et encore plus admirés. On connaît en ce genre les merveilles de Parrott, de Dahlgreen, de Rodman. Les Armstrong, les Pallisser et les Treuille de Beaulieu n'eurent plus qu'à s'incliner devant leurs rivaux d'outre-mer.

Donc, pendant cette terrible lutte des Nordistes et des Sudistes, les artilleurs tinrent le haut du pavé; les journaux de l'Union célébraient leurs inventions avec enthousiasme, et il n'était si mince marchand, si naïf «booby» [Badaud.], qui ne se cassât jour et nuit la tête à calculer des trajectoires insensées.

Or, quand un Américain a une idée, il cherche un second Américain qui la partage. Sont-ils trois, ils élisent un président et deux secrétaires. Quatre, ils nomment un archiviste, et le bureau fonctionne. Cinq, ils se convoquent en assemblée générale, et le club est constitué. Ainsi arriva-t-il à Baltimore. Le premier qui inventa un nouvea

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