A Journey in Other Worlds
or, still better, of glucinum or beryllium as it is sometimes called, which is twice as good
a conductor of electricity as aluminum, four times as strong, and is the lightest of all
known metals, having a specific gravity of only two, which last property will be of great
use to you, for of course the more weight you have to propel the more apergetic repulsion
you will have to develop."
"I will get some drawing-paper I left outside in my trap," said Ayrault, "when with your
ideas we may arrive at something definite," saying which, he left the room.
"He seems very cynical in his ideas of life and the world in general," said Secretary
Stillman, "for a man of his age, and one that is engaged."
"You see," replied Bearwarden, "his fiancee is not yet a senior, being in the class of two
thousand and one at Vassar, and so cannot marry him for a year. Not till next June can
this sweet girl graduate come forth with her mortar-board and sheepskin to enlighten the
world and make him happy. That is, I suspect, one reason why he proposed this trip."