Front Cover
 Half Title
 Title Page
 Front Matter
 Table of Contents
 Voyage the First : To Kailoo
 Voyage the Second : To Hydroge...
 Voyage the Third : To Ejario
 Back Cover

Group Title: Gulliver Joi, his three voyages ; being an account of his marvelous adventures in Kailoo, Hydrogenia and Ejario
Title: Gulliver Joi, his three voyages
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Title: Gulliver Joi, his three voyages being an account of his marvelous adventures in Kailoo, Hydrogenia and Ejario
Alternate Title: Gulliver Joi his three voyages in Kailoo, Hydrogenia, and Ejario
Physical Description: 272 p., 5 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Perce, Elbert, 1831-1869
Scribner, Charles, 1821-1871 ( Publisher )
Howland, William ( Engraver )
Publisher: Charles Scribner
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: 1852
Subject: Voyages, Imaginary -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Utopias -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Space ships -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Imaginary voyages -- 1852   ( rbgenr )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding) -- 1852   ( rbbin )
Genre: Imaginary voyages   ( rbgenr )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding)   ( rbbin )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
Summary: Gulliver Joi, leaves home seeking adventure and finds more than he bargained for at the hands of an inventor who sends him to the planet Kailoo in a space ship. On Kailoo, he meets and falls in love with Martha, but must travel in a lighter-than-air bubble to the planet of giants, Hydrogenia, to rescue her when she is kidnapped. They escape back to Kailoo and then travel to New York but their happy married life is interrupted by a storm on the Atlantic Ocean that washes Gulliver up on the shore of the land of Ejario. His adventures in Ejario result in the restoration of the rightful king who had been ousted from his throne by a group of women. Eventually Gulliver returns to his home where he vows to resettle his family on Kailoo and start a newspaper.
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Elbert Perce.
General Note: Added engraved title page, with imprint date 1851.
General Note: Illustrations engraved by W. Howland and printed in color.
Funding: Brittle Books Program
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Half Title
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    Title Page
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    Front Matter
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    Table of Contents
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YOUNG SIB :-In compliance with your request, I forward
the memorandum-books, in which I kept the account of my
three voyages. You are at liberty to use them as you
see fit.
With high esteem,
Your obedient servant,
G. JO.








My early life-The old portrait-Bag of gold-"Thou
shalt not steal"-My father's death-For Canton, ho I
-A catastrophe-The old man of the rock-Gold
gold I gold .. 13

The crucible-My employment-The planet-Proposals
to visit it-Malleable flame-An explosion-The cylin-
der-Ready !-Voyage through the air-Kailoo, .26

A lady-I am entertained by her-Visit the city of
Tzerney-Introduced to the Governor-My iimtr ter
-Singular book-I succeed in learning the language 37



An arithmetrical table-Explanation-The "tirsh"-
Rapid travelling-Dinner-Rude conduct of a young
lady-The old gentleman-Arrival at the capital of
Kailoo, 48


Visit Colorondo-A musical instrument-Miss Colorondo
-Paintings-A surprise, 60


Story of Colorondo's adventures-Our walk-R-emains
of a ship-The burial spot of Colorondo's comrades-
I am fond of flowers-Visit the king-The carlet paper, 72


Dine with the king-Discussion with his majesty-A
crowd-Startling occurrence-Fishing,. 86

The lake-Cracko meets with an accident-Conversation
about American ladies-Terrific combat between
Cracko and a most singular monster-Courageous
behavior of Miss Colorondo-Return to the city-
Visit a meeting of conspirators-A sad accident, 98


Misfortune never comes single-I am charged with treason
-Confront my accuser-His confusion and punishment
-Return to earth-Conclusion of my first voyage, 110


Arrival at New Orleans-An old friend-Preparations for
revisiting the planet Kailoo-The balloon-My voyage
-Safe arrival at Kailoo-The manuscript, 121

Determination of searching for Martha-My sudden
transit from Kailoo to Hydrogenia-Description of a
Hydrogenian-A surprise-Hydrogenian lady-Maldi
Fremung-Dinner-Hydrogenian book, 131

I learn the language-The Mollowog-A card-An
extract from a Hydrogenian news-sheet-I am to be
exhibited, 142

Extract from the "Noibla"-I hear of Martha-Conver-
sation with Berletta-Good news, 152

Letter from Martha-Proposition to Maldi Fremung-
Preparations for receiving Martha-Kind-hearted Ber-
letta-Disappointment, 162


Visit the king-His cruel experiment-An accident-" I
have some news for you"-Hopes of escaping from
Hydrogenia-Quarrel with Maldi Fremung-A drunk-
en frolic-The king's court-yard, 168

Escape-The pursuit-We are safe-Arrival at Barbarum
-The landlady--I receive protection from the Barba-
rum government, 183

News from Martha-Conversation with Mr. Fiflim-
Happy meeting-Martha's adventures-Civilize I civi-
lize I-Are about returning to Kailoo-Parting with
Berletta and Franzlet-Home-The re-union-Chem-
ical dissertation-Return to earth, 192



I am married--The yacht-Commencement of the voy-
age-Overboard-Thrown upon an island-The Ejari-
oans-Novel method of testing courage. 215

The palace-Prince Tommo-Badge of the Dragonites-
Initiation into the mysteries of the Dragonites-Legend
of the golden dragon, and magic breeches-Cortelia--
The brave hunters and the white deer-The dragon, 225

The dragon and the maiden-Cortelia presents the king
with the white deer-The magic breeches-She is
entertained by the dragon-An assemblage-An altar
is raised-Punishment of the king, 235

A change-Conclusion of the legend-Proposal from
Prince Tommo-I agree to it-The grand review--A
serenade, .. 44


Terrible battle between the Ejarioans and the Cortelias
-I am worsted-D.eparture for the Dragon's cave-
The dwarf-Enter the cave-Successful-The battle-
field-Change of affairs-King Tabolin the Cruel-
His singular death, 254


I obey the command of King Tabolin-A ship is built-
I set sail-Arrive home-All is well-Conclusion, 268

















IT has been said by a somewhat celebrated
author, that love of adventure is hereditary,
and never more has this saying been verified
than in my own life. Although my father was
but a poor shoe-maker, that never strayed from
his own native village, still, my great great
great grandfather on my mother's side, after
whom I have the honor of being named, was
an inveterate traveller, as may be seen by
perusing his life, written by an eminent divine
long since departed this life.
At the age of sixteen I became disgusted
with the low work of a shoe shop, and having


contracted the pernicious habit of reading
novels, and those of the most exciting char-
acter, I became fully impressed with the idea
that I was destined to become a great man.
My father having lived so long in the small
village upon the banks of the Hudson, where I
was born, had lost all ambition, save that of
hoarding money. Of my mother I knew
nothing, save that which was related of her by
my father, who often pointed to an old dust-
covered portrait of a very ster-looking matron,
assuring me that it was the portrait of my
mother. I did not look upon the picture with
love, but with a sensation of fear, and in fact
was impressed with the idea that the spirit of
my mother inhabited it.
Why," reasoned I with myself, "why does
it gaze at me so angrily, if the spirit of my
mother is not there ? I must have done some-
thing wrong."
Then sometimes the portrait would appear to
look mildly, and even lovingly at me, and
tears of joy would start to my eyes at the
thought that my mother approved of me.
This belief was strengthened by my perceiving


that the eyes seemed to follow me wherever I
went in the room. And, moreover, my father
confirmed it, by assuring me that the spirit of
my mother did in reality inhabit the picture,
and should I presume to move the frame, it
would certainly speak to me. This haunted
my imagination until I was devoured by an
insatiable curiosity to move it.
"Surely," thought I, my mother will do
me no harm; perhaps she wishes to speak to
me, and may give me good advice."
Thus reasoning, I came to the conclusion to
move the picture at all hazards. One summer
afternoon my father left the shop in my charge,
while he carried a pair of boots, just finished,
to a rich old farmer that resided about two
miles from the village. I well knew that my
father would not hire a horse, and was so
generally disliked by his neighbors that none
of them would lend him one. Certain of this,
and knowing I had sufficient time, I determined
upon moving the picture that afternoon. Shut-
ting the doors of the shop and locking them,
with trembling hand I opened the small glass
door that led into the parlor. How dark it



looked in that little dusky parlor. The blinds
were closely fastened, and the furniture all
thickly covered with dust. The portrait hung
directly opposite the door, so that the light fell
full upon its face, appearing to my distorted
imagination as though it was endowed with
life. I beat my bosom with my clenched hand
to renew my courage; then mounting upon a
chair, attempted to move the picture, when a
large bag fell from behind it, striking upon the
floor with a chinking sound. Stooping to
examine it, I found it to be a leather bag
nearly full of bright golden coins. I looked at
them for a moment, and then the thought
flashed through my mind-take them and leave
your father; it will never be known. But a
small, still voice seemed to whisper in my ear:
Thou shalt not steal I"
And I placed them back in their resting
place, returning to the shop with a lightened
heart, at the thought of having resisted and
overcome evil. I had sat bending over my
work but a few minutes, when a great crowd
of villagers came thronging around the door.
Four of them entered the shop, bearing upon a



plank the dead body of my father, which they
had found in a small creek, into which he had
fallen and was drowned. This was the only
account I ever received, which was related by
a sympathising neighbor that was present at
the coroner's inquest.
Thus, by the sudden death of my poor father,
I was left alone in the world, but the treasure I
had found in the old portrait, left me indepen-
dent to follow my own desires. I offered my
shop for sale, which was bought by a young
neighbor, who was a gainer by the transaction,
as I was not much of a tradesman. I secured
my bag of gold, which, upon closer examina-
tion, proved to be Dutch coins, "guilders," and
upon computing them, found that I was the
possessor of a fortune of about five hundred
I determined that I would go to sea. In my
novel reading, I had read much of sea-adven-
tures, and my heart yearned to experience
them. I therefore immediately started for the
city of New York, leaving my native village
without regret, having formed no attachments
either for its inhabitants or localities. Having



arrived at New York, all I saw was new, and I
was delighted for a short time with the gaiety
and bustle of the city, but having no acquain-
tances, the excitement soon passed, and I was
more eager to reach the scenes of my future
adventures. While rambling among the ship-
ping, I saw upon the rigging of one of the
vessels, the announcement, "For Canton."
That's the ship," thought I, and immediately
went on board to engage my passage. I found
the captain in the cabin, and having stated my
wish to engage passage with him, he inquired
if I could write. I answered in the affirmative;
whereupon, after giving him a sample of my
penmanship, he said he wished for just such a
lad as I, to write his log up, and that if I would
go, he would give me four dollars a month and
my passage. I immediately accepted the
offer, and having sent for my trunk, which was
at my boarding-house, I determined to remain
on board until the vessel sailed, which was
advertised to be on the next day. Nevertheless,
it was several days before we had a fair wind,
but at last when my patience was almost
exhausted, and I had nearly given up hopes of



sailing at all, the captain gave orders, and we
were soon upon the blue waves of the Atlantic.
I shall not describe the routine of a voyage at
sea, but will hasten over several weeks, during
which time I was employed in writing upon the
captain's log, a sort of journal of daily events.
One day I was amusing myself by watching
the dolphins, as they gambolled beneath the
bow of our vessel. The sea was as smooth
as a mirror-just enough wind to give the ship
good steering-way. Suddenly a dark cloud
appeared upon the horizon, and sweeping
towards the vessel, the captain perceiving it,
gave orders that the sails should be taken in,
but before they were obeyed, the squall struck
the vessel, and she was thrown upon her beam
ends, and I fell from where I had been stand-
ing, upon the bow, into the sea; and after
sinking to a great depth under the water, I rose
to the surface much exhausted, and panting for
breath. At a short distance from me I saw a
large rock, which protruded itself some distance
above the water. I hastily swam towards it,
and with great difficulty contrived to gain its
summit. I found it entirely barren. It was


of a circular form, and could not have been
more .than fifty feet in circumference. I
looked out upon the ocean, in the hopes of
finding my companions, but could see no signs
of vessel or crew. The sudden shock must
have swamped the ship, and the crew most
undoubtedly went down with her. In passing
around the ledge of the rock I discovered a
large opening just above the water's edge,
apparently leading into the centre of the rock,
and was about entering it, when I was startled
by a loud voice from the interior:
"Ho! Ceberus, to the entrance !"
A rattling sound then followed, and a huge
black bear, around whose neck was suspended
an iron chain, rushed at me with open mouth.
I started back in terror at this fearful reception,
but the monster's chain was not of sufficient
length to allow him to injure me. The same
voice now addressed me from the dark depths
of the cavern:
Who art thou I"
I gave him my name, and why I came to the
island. After concluding, I heard a stamping
sound, somewhat like the sound made by a


goat when walking upon a stone floor, and the
owner of the gruff voice stood before me. He
appeared to be a very old man. His black
beard was long, nearly descending to his
girdle-his hair was thin and very white-his
eyes blue and nearly concealed by large swollen
eyelids, which were entirely divested of eye-
lashes. He had in place of legs two wooden
stumps, pointed with iron, producing when he
walked, the clattering sound I had heard. He
gazed at me in silence for some time, then
uttering to himself, "he'll do," beckoned
me to follow him, which I lost no time in doing.
Descending a narrow stair-case, cut in the solid
rock, we arrived at a room which must have
been under the surface of the water. It was
about twelve feet square. Various door-shaped
openings placed at regular intervals around the
sides of the room, proved that this was not the
only apartment. Hanging from the walls,
were telescopes, quadrants, and other astro-
nomical instruments, and upon a large stone
table, placed in the centre of the room, was a
huge celestial globe. In one corer of the
room was placed a large hollow cylinder, sharp



pointed at one end, and mounted with a vane
at the other. I had scarcely time to observe
these objects, when the old man, pointing to a
chair, bade me be seated.
"I have long," said he, "wished for a
companion, or an assistant, one who will serve
me faithfully, and, if you choose, I would like
to have you. There is no way by which you
can escape from this island without my aid, as
it is never visited by vessels, unless like yours
they are driven out of their regular course.
If you will follow my directions implicitly,
without questioning my motives, I have it in
my power to amply reward you."
Thus saying, he opened a small trap-door,
and disclosed to my astonished gaze heaps
upon heaps of golden coin and precious stones.
I never before dreamed that I should see so
much wealth. I confess the thought once
came across me to assault the old man and
rob him of the treasure; the large amount so
dazzled my eyes; this is the only excuse I have
for so thinking, for I have naturally a very
tender conscience. It was merely a passing
thought, however, for the next moment I




repelled the idea with disgust. The old man
seemed to have fathomed my thoughts.
You think," said he, that you might be
able to slay me, and then take the treasure;
but ere you attempt it, feel of my arm," at the
same time extending his arm for my inspection.
I felt of it. The muscles stood out, so that
when I pressed my fingers closely around it,
they felt like bundles of steel wire.
"Lift that stone," said he, pointing to a large
globe-shaped rock, lying at my feet. I at-
tempted it in vain. Laughing at my endeavors,
he seized the stone and tossed it from hand to
hand with as much apparent ease as a boy
would a marble.
"Dismiss all thoughts," he continued, "of
obtaining any portion of that treasure without
my sanction, but apply yourself to my instruc-
tion, and part of it shall be yours."
He then entered an adjoining room, and
soon returned, bearing several large books in
his arms. Opening one, he pointed out a
passage which should serve me as my morning
lesson, and then left me to my studies. I


never was a studious scholar; in fact I was
always considered the veriest dunce in school.
Therefore, it.was with no great satisfaction that
I turned to the enormous book before me. But
the love of gold, if not the thirst after know-
ledge, overcame the repugnance, and I dili-
gently applied myself to the task. Upon
examination, I found that the book was not
printed, but written in a bold, clear hand. To
my surprise, I did not become. fatigued with
my task. No! I read, and re-read, and as I
followed the writer through his explanations
and descriptions of the complex arrangements
of the heavenly bodies, I became interested in
spite of myself, and would have liked to have
read more, but at the very moment when I had
arrived at the line where he had said my lesson
should cease, he entered the room, and taking
the book from me, .carried it into the other
apartment. Returning, he suddenly and loudly
clapped his hands together, at which signal, a
large rock at the farther end of the chamber
turned over, as on a pivot, and another room
was exposed, in which were placed two small



tables, covered with food. At a signal from
the old man, I accompanied him into the room,
and sat down to the best meal that I had tasted
since leaving my own country.


ArmFT concluding our dinner, which was
eaten in silence, the old man requested me to
follow him. Rising from the table, he con-
ducted me into another apartment, and bade
me watch a large crucible in which a dark red-
colored fluid was boiling vigorously, over a fire
placed in the centre of the room, which burned
without smoke. To prevent the contents of
the crucible from boiling over, J had a long
copper rod, which, whenever the fluid reached
a certain mark, I was to plunge into the centre
of the crucible, when it would immediately sub-
side to its proper place. The bear that had
caused me so much terror on my entrance to
the cavern, had become quite attached to me,
lying by my side, and giving a satisfactory


grunt whenever I patted his rough, hairy head.
Thus I employed my time. The morning was
passed chiefly in reading such portions in the
written books as my instructor would point out
to me as a lesson. During the afternoon, I
took charge of the crucible and its contents.
Meanwhile the old man was busily engaged in
an adjoining closet; but what he was doing I
could not discover; for, although I frequently
asked him why he thus labored alone in this
solitary rock, instead of enjoying the pleasures
of the world, as a man of his immense wealth
should, I invariably received a stern rebuke
for my presumption. As soon as the sun had
gone down, the old man would take his globe
and telescope, and bidding me follow him,
would ascend to the top of the rock, and plac-
ing his globe by his side, then adjusting his
telescope, would earnestly gaze into the starry
heavens, ever and anon stopping to note upon
the globe whatever he discovered in the
"Do you see that star ?" said he to me one
fine evening, at the same time pointing to a
star of uncommon brilliancy. I answered in


the affirmative. He then adjusted the focus
of his telescope, and bade me look through it.
I did so; and to my surprise, the star appeared
like earth itself. The power of the telescope
was so great, that the star filled the whole field
of vision; and I could distinctly see mountains
and rivers, and could fancy that I saw moving
beings. I was delighted. The old man smiled
at my transports. It was the first time I ever
saw him smile.
"How would you like to visit that country ?"
he inquired.
"Were it possible," said I, "to reach it, I
should very much like to do so."
Rest assured," said he, if you wish to go
you can. For the great task I have before
spoken of, is for you to visit that place. I will
find means for your departure, and for your
return. It is for this purpose that I have been
so careful in instructing you in the mysteries
of astronomy."
The time passed slowly away, and I must
have been employed in the manner which I
have described for nearly six months. The old
man worked as diligently, and the crucible


boiled with as much vigor, as when I first
entered the cavern. At last, however, the im-
portant hour arrived; the old man placed a
glass mask over his face, and provided one for
my use. This was immediately after we had
dined. Thus equipped, we entered the labo-
ratory. The fluid in the crucible was still
boiling. The old man then went to his private
work-shop, returning holding upon an iron hook
a large globular mass of fire, resembling mol-
ten iron, but which hung from the hook with-
out farther support than afforded by it.
I have succeeded," cried the old man, his
whole frame trembling with excitement, his
eyes flashing with triumph. "It's malleable
flame that will never expire, or become less
Laying the mass of malleable flame beside
the crucible, he took from my hand the copper
rod, and stirred the boiling mixture with great
violence. The liquid gradually descended in
the crucible. Hot vapors arose, filling the
room with a thin, blue mist, which condens
ed by our breath, rolled in large drops over
our glass masks. The old man labored with



unceasing vigilance as the contents of the
crucible gradually grew less. Suddenly he
ceased the operation of stirring, and taking
from a small pouch that hung at his side a
vial, which he threw into the crucible, at the
same time crying:
On your face on your face I for your
life I"
I instantly obeyed him, and threw myself
flat upon the floor. A loud explosion ensued,
scattering the fragments of the crucible, and
the brands of the fire, over our prostrate forms.
After the explosion, arising, the old man
rushed eagerly to the spot where the crucible
had been, and a cry of delight escaped him as
he saw a small heap of red powder lying near
the spot. He quickly gathered it up, and
placing it in a bottle he had provided for the
purpose, then grasping the iron hook that sup-
ported the malleable flame, he seized me by
the arm, and dragging me after him, hastily
stumped out of the room. Entering the room
in which I read, he moved from off the table
the globe, and the various other instruments
that encumbered it, and then placed the hollow



cylinder, of which I have before spoken, upon
it. The cylinder was composed of an exceed-
ingly light substance, yet as hard as iron itself,
which the old man proved by striking it with
a sharp axe, the axe making no impression
upon it.
"This," said he, patting it affectionately-
"this is the vehicle that is to convey you to
the beautiful planet. You perceive that the
inside is of sufficient capacity to contain you
without inconvenience."
So saying, the old man raised the cylinder
upon his shoulder, and telling me to bring the
globe and telescope, ascended to the top of the
rock. Placing it upon the ground, we re-
turned and brought forth a huge chest, so
heavy that one end was a sufficient load for
me. Having all his utensils at hand, he
affixed the cylinder in a frame, attached to
which were several very strong steel springs.
These springs he drew down to their utmost
tension, and placed them at the sharpened
end, the other extremity of the cylinder point-
ing upwards, and fastened them all upon
another smaller one, that served in the cape-



city of a trigger. Then taking the red powder
that had been formed by the explosion of the
crucible, he placed it in a strong, square, steel
box, from which, at the end, there issued a
small, but very strong tube, and fastened the
box securely in the pointed end of the cylinder.
He thus explained the principles and the man-
ner of working the machine:
The red powder which I have just enclosed
in the steel box, and placed within the cylin-
der, is a pyrotechnic compound of great power.
As long as a steady heat can be obtained
enough to keep it in fusion, so long a steady
blast of exceedingly powerful flame will issue
from the tube of the steel box, which tube you
perceive extends through the aperture at the
pointed extremity of the cylinder. For the
purpose of keeping up this heat, I have, after
great labor, and much research, invented the
malleable flame, which I shall place securely
under the steel box that contains the powder.
This small stop-cock is for the purpose of
diminishing the blast whenever you wish.
The vane which so much resembles a weather-
cock, is for the purpose of guiding the


machine. I have discovered that there is a
large quantity of iron in the planet which I
wish you to visit, and have, therefore, made
this vane. The arrow-like head is formed of
loadstone; and when you point it in the line
of the planet, the machine will incline that
way. I have placed a double telescope upon
the large extremity, so that you will be ena-
bled to see the planet distinctly, and guide the
machine accordingly. I now wish you to
enter the cylinder."
So saying, he assisted me into the cylinder.
It was of sufficient bulk to allow me to lay
comfortable. It was lined with soft, warm fur.
The telescope, vane, and stop-key, were so
arranged that they were convenient to reach.
After having everything prepared, the old
man placed the globular mass of flame in the
pointed end of the cylinder. Instantly a
stream of fire issued from it, striking the rock
with great violence. He then approached me,
and placing his hands upon my head, silently
blessed me. Then handing me a small pocket
telescope, and a roll of manuscript, said:
"Farewell! God bless you, and prosper



you. Your instruction will be found in the
I saw that he was about setting the machine
free, so, applying myself to the telescope, I
distinctly saw the planet, and pointing the
vane directly towards it,
Ready !" I shouted.
The old man then pulled the small trigger
that confined the steel springs, and propelled
by their force, and that of the flame, I shot up
into the air, the long broad flame of fire stream-
ing behind me like the blaze of a comet. I
looked behind me as I swiftly rose, and
could see the old man as he peered through
his telescope at my rapid flight. As I rose
higher, I could see the western border of the
ocean; and even thought that I could distin-
guish the populous cities of the Great Re-
public; but they all quickly faded from my
sight, leaving nothing but a chaotic mass.
I now turned my attention to the guidance
of the cylinder. Looking through the tele-
scope, I discovered that it was not bearing
directly towards the planet. I therefore point-
ed the head of the vane in a direct line with



it. The machine veered around, and took the
proper course.
As I advanced, the planet, instead of shin-
ing with such vivid brilliancy as it had before,
gradually grew dim; and I soon became sen-
sible that I was no longer withheld by the
power of the earth's attraction, but that I had
become liable to fall with great force upon the
surface of the planet. I therefore turned the
opposite end of the vane towards it, which was
endowed with a repelling power. My cylinder
turned from it, and was soon in a fair way to
return to earth again; but with the stop-cock
provided for that purpose, I shut off the supply
of flame that propelled me, in such a manner
that I was enabled to descend towards the
planet with ease. As I approached the planet,
I could readily perceive that it much resem-
bled our earth.
Landing in safety upon a high mountain, I
hastily disengaged myself from the machine,
not thinking to turn off the flame. No sooner
had the cylinder become lightened of my
weight, than, impelled by the power of the
flame, it arose again, soaring high in the



heavens, and was soon lost to my view; thus
cutting off all hope of returning to earth by its


STnF from my long and irksome position in
the cylinder, it was for some time before I
fully recovered the use of my limbs. But
after a great deal of exertion, I succeeded in
descending the rugged sides of the mountain.
The place seemed entirely uninhabited; but
while rambling in search of a better path, it
was my good fortune to discover a broad road,
and judging that it would lead me to an in-
habited portion of the planet, I followed it.
The road was broad, and paved with a pure
white, semi-transparent stone.
I followed this road for some distance, and,
at length, saw smoke arising. I hurried my
footsteps, in the hopes that I would find some
of the inhabitants. I was right in my con-


jecture. It was a house. It appeared to be
built of iron or steel, highly polished; for it
shone in the sun with great brightness. Be-
fore the door was an individual, whom, from
her clothing, I correctly judged to be a woman.
She was clothed in purple raiments that fell
around her in graceful folds, seemingly to have
no fastenings such as hook-and-eyes or pins;
and I knew she never wore those most abomin-
able instruments of torture known among us,
citizens of the world, as corsets; for her form,
as it was developed by the fold of her raiment,
was almost perfect-one, at the sight of whom,
our earthly painters would have gone into ecsta-
cies. But the face was a drawback, although
it would have been pretty, had she but have
left it alone; but art, that defiler of the human
face divine, had done its worst. The poor girl
had thrust through her nostrils a long white
cord, that hung down on either side, and was
ornamented with such a great quantity of
jewels, that it had completely drawn her nose
over her mouth. Feeling very thirsty, I ad-
vanced closer to her, and addressing her in
English, asked for water. She gazed at me


with astonishment depicted upon her coun-
tenance; then answered me with such rapidity
of utterance, that it sounded like the quick
* ringing of a tea bell. But finding that I could
not understand her, she, with the true hospi-
tality and frankness that I afterwards dis-
covered characterized this people, put her arm
through mine, and conducted me into the
house. The first thing that attracted my at-
tention, was their method of warming the
house; for although it seemed summer-like to
me, still the good people kept a good fire. In
the centre of the room was the chimney, which
rose from the floor and through the roof, help-
ing to support the rafters. At the bottom of
the chimney was a grate that extended quite
around it, thus giving the advantage of throw-
ing heat out upon all side; which, I think, is
a great deal better than our fire-places, where
the most part of the heat is expended upon the
back of the chimney.
Sitting near the fire was an old man, who
raised his head for a moment when I entered,
and then resumed his original position of lay-
ing his head upon his knees, and swaying his



body backward and forward. I had scarcely
tinge to make these discoveries, when the sun,
which, when I left the mountain, was shining
with the heat of noonday, suddenly went
down, leaving us in darkness. The young
woman that I had first seen, went to a cup-
board, and taking from it several small bugs,
placed them upon the table. Instantly they
opened their eyes, and a stream of light issued
from them of sufficient brightness to illuminate
the room.
She then placed some bread and a bottle of
light wine upon the table, and being almost
famished from my long fast, I hastened to
satisfy my appetite, and was surprised to dis-
cover, when I had finished, that they had all
fallen asleep; for I could not have been more
than five minutes ii eating. Feeling much
fatigued, I stretched myself upon the floor,
and was soon fast asleep. I had not slept long
when I was awakened by the movements of
the family, and rising from my recumbent
position, I discovered the sun had arisen, and
the family were preparing for breakfast. The
young lady I had first seen, presented me to


a gentleman whom I afterwards discovered to
be her husband. After breakfast, he made
manifest that he wished me to follow him.
Placing his arm within mine, he walked with
such rapidity that I was forced to run to keep
up with him. In a very few minutes we
arrived at a small village, or cluster of houses,
which proved to be the suburbs of a city; for
we had not proceeded much farther before I
could distinctly see the walls and high towers
of a great city.
As we neared the city, vehicles drawn by
horses of the most beautiful form, passed by us
with inconceivable rapidity. My conductor,
perceiving that I was much fatigued by my
exertions, called out to one of the drivers:
"Kal-marell-nek !"
Or, at least, that is the only way I can spell
the sound. The driver sputtered forth a reply,
and stopped his animals. My companion
shoved me into the carriage, and then gave
the driver some direction in the (to me) un-
known tongue, whereupon" that worthy chir-
ruped to his horses, and away we went with
the swiftness of the fastest locomotive. He



stopped an instant at the gates of the city,
where my companion paid a coin to the gate-
keeper; then driving into the main avenue
of the city, where there were many other
vehicles, darting with such velocity that should
a collision occur, the carriages would be dash-
ed in pieces. Suddenly the driver pulled up
his beasts in front of a large mansion, which
was built of semi-transparent stones, of differ-
ent colors. The roof was supported in front
by twelve massive pillars, made of stone as
clear as the purest crystal. Springing out of
the carriage, we quickly ascended a broad,
brazen staircase, and was shown, without cere-
mony, into a large apartment, which was thick-
ly crowded with people, apparently of every
grade of society, whose only business seemed
to be that of violently shaking hands with a
portly, pompous individual, who was standing
in the centre of the room, and underwent the
operation with the utmost nonchalance. He
was, as I was afterwards informed, an officer
of high rank in the country, as well as being
chief magistrate of the city in which I then
was. My conductor hurried me up to this


important personage, first shaking him by
the hand, and then presenting me; whereupon
I went through the same interesting perform-
ance. The chief officer looked at me with
surprise, and then addressed me; but I shook
my head, saying, "No! no! no!" very vio-
lently, giving him to understand that his lan-
guage was unintelligible to me. My conductor
now held a long (for him) conversation with
the official, which resulted in my being placed
in the charge of another gentleman, who
seemed highly delighted with the honor con-
ferred upon him; and after repeated bows to
the officer, took my arm under his, and has-
tened from the apartment. His carriage was
waiting his arrival at the door, in which we
seated ourselves, and were driven rapidly in
the direction of my new guide's house. Ar-
riving there, to my great amazement he re-
quested me to accompany him to dinner, when
I had breakfasted certainly not more than
half an hour previous; but wishing not to
offend him, I accompanied him to the dinner-
table, and sat down, and had just commenced
my dinner when my entertainer ceased eating,



having gulped down his food with such velo.
city that I ceased eating, and looked at him in
fear that he would choke himself in his eager
haste. In fact, I was completely bewildered
with the hurry and confusion that character-
ized the actions of this most singular people.
Immediately after dinner, the gentleman,
with very impressive gestures, made known to
me that he was to have the honor of being my
instructor; and then conducted me into a
large apartment, fitted up with shelves, upon
which were placed a great number of pon-
drous volumes. Seating ourselves by the side
of a table, he opened one of the books, and
placed it upon the table before me. It was a
pictorial history of the country, as I after-
wards discovered when I had attained a know-
ledge of the language, bearing, for its title,
< KAILOO--Its Past History and Future Des-
tiny." It was filled with miniature fac-similes
of various objects, which served the purpose
of engravings; thus, for a table, there was a
small table that fitted a cavity made for that
purpose in the book. A single character be-
neath the cavity told what it was. These minia-


turo objects were made of a substance much
resembling paper mache," so much used in
these times in the formation of those pretty
and useful articles that grace almost every
parlor in our own country. As there were a
great many illustrations of this kind, the book
was necessarily very large.
My instructor then took a small pen or
pencil from his pocket, and procuring a piece
of parchment, drew a list of characters upon it,
pronouncing the name very forcibly as he
made each letter, I, by his instruction, repeat-
ing them after him. This he did until I was
able to repeat each one as he pointed it out to
me, which I learned to do in a very short
time-at least I thought so, although my in-
structor manifested many signs of impatience
at my slow progress. Scarcely had I finished
learning the characters, than supper was an-
nounced. I wondered at this; for, upon look-
ing at my watch, I discovered that but one
hour had elapsed since I left the cottage I first
visited, and that my lesson had occupied but
half an hour. I will not describe the tedious
forms through which I passed- before I was



able to speak or read; but by the aid of my
invaluable "pictorial," I at last acquired the
art, and could speak and read their language
without difficulty. It was composed of single
syllables, which, instead of conveying one
idea, each syllable expressed several. Thus,
if I were to ask a person, "How does the sun
shine on you to-day ?" which was the familiar
greeting of one friend to another, I would say,
"Karh ?" sounding somewhat as this is written,
SKar-r-h." It is a difficult matter for me to
write the sound of their language, as our lan-
guage will not admit of it. Their alphabet
consists of seventeen letters proper, although
there are so many different methods of writing
these characters, that the alphabet, in point of
fact, consists of nearly a hundred different
signs. To learn to read and write the lan-
guage properly, requires a great amount of
study; and my instructor informed me, that
there were very few indeed, that were capable
of writing or pronouncing their own language
I will now account, as far as I am able, for
the shortness of their days and nights, which



was, at first, the occasion of much inconve-
nience to me; but by the aid of my watch I
was enabled to divide my time in such a man-
ner that I did not experience any evil effects
from the irregularity (to me) of their time.
The planet revolves around the sun twenty-
four times faster than does our earth. This
may be accounted for by its being twenty-four
times the circumference of the earth nearer
the sun. I will shortly give a table of their
division of time, as prepared by Honnolumeek,
my instructor-a pretty long name for such
fast-talking individuals, but it was a general
practice among the Kailooites. Although terse
in their conversation, still they gave their chil-
dren the longest and highest-sounding cogno-
mens they could invent.


ALTHOUGH it is hard for me to believe,"
said Honnolumeek to me, after the conclusion
of a tedious lesson, that you are an inhabi-
tant of the beautiful planet that supplies the
place of the sun at night," pointing towards
our earth, which was shining with soft bright-
ness, for it was night, and my instructor had
remained up longer than usual, and that you
are surprised at the shortness of our days and
nights; still I am constrained to believe you,
for I have known you to go for the space of
six successive days and nights without sleep-
ing, and then retire and sleep as many more.
This you would be unable to do unless you are
accustomed to it. At your wish, I have pre-
pared a table by which you may see how we


divide our time; and by the aid of the coarse
instrument for measuring time you carry with
you, may be enabled to reduced it to the stand-
ard adopted by the world in which you for-
merly resided."
He then extended towards me a small piece
of parchment, and it being exceedingly late
for him to be awake, I insisted upon his retir-
ing, and leave me to discuss the table by my-
self. The table was arranged much in the
same manner as our table of time is arranged.
I will here say that when the Kailooites wish
to express but one idea in the word, they in-
variably use two syllables. I have thus trans-
lated the table:

4 Congrets make 1 tarler. 1 Congret equals I minute.
5 Tarlers 1 lunet. 1 Tarler 1 minute.
3 Lunets 1 solet. 1 Lunet 5 minutes.
4 Solets 1 peletin. 1 Solet I hour.
365 Peletins" 1 killgame. 1 Peletin or day 1 hour.
I Killgame or year, 11 days, 1 hour.

Besides the above, they have also a more
minute division of time, which I will not de-
scribe. I will say, however, that a man's life-



time in this planet is about seventy killgames
-two years and forty days, computing as we do.
Their killgame consists of but one season, and
that appeared to me to be summer; but the
inhabitants seemed to suffer much with cold.
They call the day frelo, signifying light; and
the night derko, signifying darkness. Hence-
forth, however, when speaking of day or night,
I shall consider it in the same manner that we
do, namely, twelve hours for the day, and
twelve hours for the night, as, by the assist-
ance of my watch, I was able so to divide my
time. One day, Honnolumeek said that he
wished me to accompany him to the great city,
where the king resided; and, that to allow me
sufficient time, he had given me forty-two days
(hours) to prepare for the journey. I was
heartily glad to hear this; for although I had
been in the country ninety days, I had scarcely
been outside my instructor's house during that
time. It did not take me long to get ready;
and I impatiently waited my instructor's re-
turn. In the meantime, I busily engaged my-
self in reading attentively the great pictorial
history. At precisely sunrise on the day he


had appointed, Honnolumeek entered my
apartment, fully equipped for the journey.
In his hand he carried a small bundle, which
contained all the clothes that he took with
him. As for myself, I had stuffed a large chest
with clothes, and other articles I thought I
needed. Honnolumeek, with a smile, ordered
the servant to take my trunk down, and hav-
ing securely placed it in the coach, we sprang
in; the coachman whipped his animals, and
away we rattled in fine style. At my request,
Honnolumeek ordered the coachman to drive
slow, that I might be- able to see the city
through which we were driving. The streets
were broad, and paved with square plates of
iron, which were neatly fitted into each other,
thus securing a perfectly smooth road. The
houses, or the greater portion of them, were
built of the same metal, save that it was bur-
nished until it shone in the sun with exceed-
ing brightness. The very handsome houses,
however, were built of wood, resembling, in
color, oak. The wood was not painted but
polished, until it looked as neat as a piece of
household furniture. I noticed that fountains,



the waters of which had the color of wine,
were playing at the corner of each principal
The driver, becoming impatient at the ex-
treme slowness of the pace, and as the horses
were evidently fatigued, whipped them up;
and I could distinguish nothing farther, as
everything swam past me with such velocity
that I was completely stunned, although I
noticed that Honnolumeek nodded to his
acquaintances as they passed, as though we
were going at a very moderate pace. In a
few moments we drew up before a magnificent
building, composed entirely of iron, with im-
mense iron columns in front, and a very high
cupola surmounting its roof-the whole mass
so dazzling in its extreme brightness, that it
made my eyes ache to look upon it. Telling
the driver to bring my trunk after us, Hon-
nolumeek seized me by the arm, and dragged
me through an immense crowd of people that
were struggling and pushing their way to-
wards a small, round opening in the wall,
where, after great trouble, we arrived; and
having pushed some money through the aper-


tare, he received therefore several small toys, but
which, he informed me, were tickets for seats
in the tirsh.
We hastened towards a large arched door-
way, through which we went into what ap-
peared to be an under-ground tunnel. Arriv-
ing at the far extremity of this tunnel, we
entered a small door, and found ourselves in
a cylindrical-shaped room, filled with seats,
and the seats full of ladies and gentlemen.
-The room was lighted by thick glass windows.
As the seats were all taken, we proceeded to
the farther extremity of this room, and entered
another. This was also full of ladies and gen-
tlemen, all talking and laughing at a great
rate. Thus we proceeded, until we had ar-
rived at one in which we found seats. While
waiting for the starting of the tirA, my com-
panion gave me an explanation of its mode of
"The tirsh," said he, "is a comparatively
late invention, having been in operation but a
short time; still it works well, and the com-
pany that own it have been quite successful.
I will strive to give you an idea of the man-



ner by which it' is propelled. The tir8h, in
which we are now seated, as well as the others
through which we passed, is fitted air-tight in
a thick tube or tunnel, the side lubricated with
a liquid that completely destroys the friction.
At the farther extremity of this tube, which is
about five hundred miles distant, is a powerful
machine used for the purpose of exhausting
the air in the tubes, and, as a matter of course,
the pressure of the atmosphere behind drives us
forward with very great rapidity. The man-
ner in which we are supplied with fresh air
for breathing is very simple. Those small
tubes you see on the ceiling, are pierced with
a great number of small holes, and extend out
of the last tirsh behind us; and the pressure
,of the atmosphere is so great, that a full supply
of air is forced in, thus creating a refreshing
and cooling current of air all the time. It is
now a little close, but as soon as we start the
air will commence circulating, and we will be
comfortably cool."
How is it," I inquired, that the windows
are so fitted that they give light ?"
"0 that is very simply done," said he; "the


tunnel is composed entirely of tuebal-a mine-
ral which is perfectly transparent. It is found
in great abundance in the northern part of the
country. The tirsh itself is made of subal-a
substance very rare and costly."
I examined the material of which it was
formed, and thought it much resembled oak
wood, highly polished. But before I had time
to ask more questions, a deep, thundering roar
reverberated through the tirsh.
"The signal for starting," said Honnolu-,
At that moment we commenced moving-
and then-how can I describe the exceeding
swiftness? I looked through the window. It
appeared to my inexperienced eye as though
the ground was whirling with lightning speed
past me. Trees, houses, and every visible
object were mixed up in chaotic confusion;
and I could distinguish nothing but a dis-
turbed mass of matter rushing rapidly by. I
closed my eyes, for the scene made me giddy;
but becoming accustomed to the motion, I
could look around the interior of the tirs
without experiencing inconvenience, My fel-



low passengers were looking through the win-
dows discussing the various objects which we
passed with as much ease as though we were
going at a very moderate speed.
We had rode but half an hour by my watch,
when we were so suddenly stopped that I was
jerked off my seat. Honnolumeek immedi-
ately caught my arm, and dragged me after
him through the crowd of passengers, who, not
minding or caring against what or whom they
pushed, were struggling towards the door.
After a great deal of trouble, we arrived at
the door, and passing through an entrance
made in the tunnel, entered a large building.
The apartment in which we now were was
crowded with apparently half-starved travel-
lers. At one side of the room was placed a
long table covered with smoking dishes, and
every man, woman, and child, held in their
fingers a great mass of food, gulping it down
as though they expected it was the last they
would ever eat. Honnolumeek seized a huge,
smoking, meat pie, and dividing it into two
pieces, gave me one of them, then voraciously
commenced devouring his own portion. It



was so hot that it burned my mouth every
time I tasted it, and I thought to let it cool,
when the thundering signal for starting echoed
through the apartment, and Honnolumeek,
having not quite finished his pie, doffed his
hat, and thrust it in, covering it all with his
huge pocket-handkerchief; then seizing me by
the hand, dragged me into the car again, and
before we had seated, off we went, with, if
possible, increased rapidity, as Honnolumeek
informed me that we were an eighteenth part
of a congret behind the time. Punctual people
these Kailooites are, for the time amounts to
about the fourth part of a second. But they
must be at a certain point of the tunnel, to
allow the tirsh coming from the opposite
direction to pass them. There were a great
many new passengers that came on at the last
stopping place, among them several very
pretty young ladies. But one of them did a
very bad action, in my opinion-one which I
hope no young ladies of my own country will
do. They all had obtained seats but one, and
with the politeness for which our nation is
distinguished, I was about rising and giving



her my seat, when, to my surprise, she ap-
proached a gentleman a little above the mid-
dle age, who was evidently unwell, or exceed-
ingly fatigued, and requested him to rise that
she might sit in his place. The old gentle-
man, with true gallantry arose, and gave-his
seat to her. I thought much less of the young
lady than I did before; and perceiving that
the gentleman was really ill, I rose from my
seat, and, in spite of all that Honnolumeek
said to the contrary, insisted upon his taking
it, which, after many entreaties, he did.
Standing by his side, we entered into a brisk
conversation, and I discovered that he was a
very intelligent man. He did not look at
Honnolumeek, but turned his head from him.
Perceiving that I was a stranger he inquired
from what part of the country I came. I then
gave him a brief account of how I happened
to visit the country, when he took my hand in
his, and made me promise to call upon him
when I should arrive at the great city, at the
same time placing in my hand two small cards.
By this time we had arrived at our journey's
end, and, guided by Honnolumeek, I hastened


from the tir8h. Our baggage was brought to
us by a porter, and played in a wagon. We
mounted into a carriage, were conveyed to a
large mansion, which Honnolumeek said was
a house for the accommodation of travellers.
By this time it was nearly dark; and being
somewhat hungry-for I had eaten nothing
with the exception of what I had eaten at the
stopping-place-I was right glad when Honno-
lumeek proposed our going to the supper-loom,
which was a large apartment, brightly illu-
minated with a great number of the flame-
bugs, which were scattered in great numbers
throughout the apartment. There was a long,
narrow table placed in the centre of the room,
extending its entire length. Having found
seats, without farther ceremony we fell to eat-
ing. After supper, being excessively fatigued
with my ride, I immediately retired, and was
soon fast asleep, dreaming that I was pounding
the lap-stone in my father's little shop.


I MUST have slept very long, for when I
arose and met Honnolumeek in the hall, he
seemed angry with me for my tardiness, and
said some very harsh things to me, which I
answered as harshly, and he left me in anger.
When I next saw him, which was at the
dinner-table, he appeared better natured, and I
showed him the card which the gentleman that
I had met in the tir8h gave me.
"How !" cried he, "did you receive this
from the old gentlemen you met in the ti/rsh r
Yes, and he requested me to call upon
him," I answered.
Oh had I known this before," said he.
"It is the man I wished most to see-Colo-

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rondo, the highest officer under the king. I
ought to have paid my respects to him."
Thus he went on, lamenting that he had
not known him before, and striving to think of
all the evil things he said to the old gentleman,
while in the tirsh.
He asked you to call ?" he inquired.
I answered in the affirmative.
"We will go immediately," said he, spring-
ing from his seat, and taking my arm within
his, conducted me to the door, when perceiving
a coach, he called it, and seating ourselves in
it, we were soon on our way towards the
gentleman's house, to which Honnolumeek had
directed the driver to convey us. We soon
arrived at the house. Alighting from our
carriage, we hastened up the broad staircase
of the noble mansion. As we reached the top
step, the door was opened by a servant who
was so ludicrous in features and form, that, as
he stood bowing and scraping his foot behind
him, I could scarcely keep from laughing. It
is scarcely possible that I shall be able to give
such a description of him, that will make him
appear as ridiculous as he did to me. He was



exceedingly short. His lower extremities were
shaped like a goat's, and had no covering
except the long, reddish-colored hair, with
which nature had bountifully supplied them.
His body was clothed in a beautiful crimson
velvet jacket, and completely covered with
precious stones. His head was shaped some-
what like a monkey's, but the countenance
was of a deep green color; his lips were long
and extremely thin; his nose aquiline and far
protruding, standing several inches from his
face; his eyes deep set, and so small that were
it not for the bright twinkle they occasionally
shot forth, they could not be seen. The hair
on his head stood up from his forehead to the
height of nearly a foot, and to crown all, his
speech was so broken that even Honnolumeek
could scarcely understand him. He extended
his hand, which was very small and well-
formed, for the card which Honnolumeek
slipped into it, then, with a jerk of his head,
he hastened to deliver the card to his master.
Presently he returned with as sorrowful an ex-
pression of countenance as he could well put
on, saying in long-drawn, measured syllables,



My master is sick a-bed."
Honnolumeek looked at me with a sly
twinkle of his eye, and slipping a coin in the
servant's hand, said:
Perhaps your master is well.enough to see
the foreign gentleman that he met in the tirsh,
not long since."
"What !" cried the servant, "is this the
strange gentleman that came from the moon ?
If he is, master has given me orders to admit
So in we went, the servant conducting us,
turning at almost every step, and looking upon
me with curious eyes, as though he saw some-
thing strange in my appearance. At length
we arrived at a wide door that opened into a
very large apartment. Our singular conductor
bade us be seated, while he told his master of
our arrival. The room was furnished sump-
tuously, and I was surprised to discover among
the beautiful furniture of the Kailoo fashion,
several pieces that resembled that used on
earth. Among them, I noticed an old mahog-
any sideboard, one like which I had not seen
before in Kailoo. At the far end of the room,



between the two large windows, was placed a
musical instrument, as was evident from the
silver key-board before it. While examining
the curious and beautiful articles that were
arranged tastefully around the room, a side
door opened, and a young lady entered. She
was the fairest creature I ever before beheld.
Adopting the Kailooite costume, she did not
follow the disfiguring habit of wearing the
nose cord, but left her countenance in its
original beauty. Her eye was dark, and as it
fell upon me with a friendly glance, I felt that
I could have loved her, were she not a
She seemed not to notice Honnolumeek, but
passed him, I thought, with a scornful smile,
and addressed herself to me:
"My father has sent me to bear you
company until he comes, which will be pres-
ently. What shall I do to entertain you in
the meantime ?"
She spoke so kind and gentle, that I could
almost have fallen at her feet and worshipped
her. I entered into conversation with her.
She did not appear to think the less of me



because I had not a formal introduction to
her. This was new to me, for had a lady of
our country met a stranger in the same
situation, she would have delivered the mes-
sage with all the coldness deemed so essential
to fashionable life. But here was a lady of
the highest rank in Kailoo, addressing me, a
total stranger, with such kind words, that it
made my heart swell up and beat with tenfold
vigor whenever she spoke. I felt the difference,
and was rejoiced to discover that it was fashion-
able here to treat all with kindness, until it
was discovered that the person was undeserving
of such treatment. Why she did not speak to
Honnolumeek I afterwards discovered. Mean-
while, as her father did not arrive, and being
passionately fond of music, I besought her to
perform upon the musical instrument I before
spoke of. Without hesitating, she went to the
instrument, and lightly pressed her delicate
fingers upon the small silver keys. To give an
idea of the sound, it will perhaps .be better for
me to describe the instrument, which she
kindly opened for my inspection.
The main body was a square chest made of



wood, beautifully polished. From the top of
this chest there extended a long square box, or
tube, which passed through the roof of the
house, serving for the purpose of creating a
strong draught of air, which, passing over a
great number of wires of different sizes,
produced the sound. The wires were placed
somewhat in the same manner as in the piano-
forte, save that instead of lying side by side,
they were placed above each other, the largest
cord at the bottom. Upon each wire there
rested a down-covered muffler, that prevented
its vibration, thus hindering any sound except
when removed, which was effected by touching
the key. A pedal, acting upon a damper
placed at the bottom of the instrument, served
to govern the strength or softness of the sound
required, by shutting off or increasing the
draught of air, which, playing over the wires
like over the strings of the Bolian harp,
produced much the same sound, but with
greatly-increased power. A set of tiny mufflers
were so arranged that they lightly touched
the exact centre of each wire, and so contrived
that by pressing a smaller pedal, they ascend



or descend, producing harmonical sounds or
otherwise, at the option of the performer.
While engaged in examining the instrument,
her father entered the room. With a slight
bow to Honnolumeek, he passed him, and
grasping my hand within his,
"My dear sir," said he, "I am extremely
happy to see you. Why did you not come
before?" Turning to his daughter, he con-
Fameta, I wish you to amuse our guest for
a short time, while I transact a little business
with the gentlmaan in the other room."
I was somewhat surprised, but nevertheless
gratified, to hear this, for I was just beginning
to be entertaining to the young lady, who
asked me if I was fond of painting. I of course
assented, but, to tell the truth, I never saw but
one, and that was the portrait of my mother,
that hung in the little parlor at home. She
conducted me into a long hall, the walls of
which were covered with specimens of the
artistical skill of the Kailooites. They were
not painted in oil colors, as our paintings
generally are, but were composed of minute



particles of different-colored clay, inlaid some-
what like mosaic work, but so very small were
the pieces, and so exquisitely arranged, that
the colors blended so harmoniously that they
were almost perfect copies of nature. They
were mostly landscapes. One of them, a rural
scene, I thought bore some resemblance to an
oil painting, and upon closer examination
found it to be one, and that a scene that must
have been painted in my own dear world.
Where," cried I, "did that come from I"
She said it was an old picture that had long
been in the family, and had been painted in
her native country. She said no more, and to
all my questions on the subject, would give no
farther reply, as her father had forbade her
doing so. We now heard her father calling us,
and instantly re-entered the parlor, where we
found the old gentleman rubbing his hands
together in great apparent satisfaction.
I got rid of him easy !" said he to me.
".What I" cried I, all amazement, "have
you sent him away without informing me?
Why, he was appointed to be my guide through
the country."



"Gammon !" said he, in English. I was all
astonishment. "But, my dear fellow," he
continued, using the same language, "this
is all mystery to you; after dinner I will
explain it, and I think that perhaps you will
make a better bargain by remaining under my
guidance, than that of such a rascal as Honno-
lumeek. I tell you he is a rascal; but come,
let's go to dinner. I will give you a regular
old-fashioned earthly dinner, exactly one hour
long, for I cannot live up to the times in
this fast country. I dine three times in twelve
days, according to their time. What a funny
old codger I am. Ha! ha! ha! So come;
you don't bear me any ill will, do you ?"
I was too much surprised to answer, and
therefore giving Fameta my arm, we followed
the old gentleman down stairs into the dining-
room, where I was introduced to his wife, Mrs.
Brown, although," said he, with a sly twinkle
of his eye, you must call her Madame Colo-
rondo when in presence of these quick-minded
Kailooites. When alone, however, never call
her by any name save Mrs. Brown, which


plain though it be, makes me think of good old
I had enjoyed but few social meals at home,
and those few were so impressed in my memory
that a tear of mingled joy and regret, in spite
of my endeavors to the contrary, started to my
eye. My good host perceived it, and a tear of
sympathy glistened in his eye, as he, rising
from his seat, grasped my hand; then falling
back, gazed at me with fast-filling eyes.
Hang it!" said he, it does my old eyes
good to see you."
Our dinner was excellent, and for the first
time since my arrival in the country, I really
enjoyed myself. After dinner, Mr. Brown
filled all our glasses, and then his own, with
some real old Oporto, as he assured me.
I never encourage drinking among young
men, Mr. Joi," said he, but this wine has
such a good old earthy taste, that I cannot
forbid myself the pleasure of seeing you drink
it. It will make you think of our mutual
bome--the earth-much better than this new-
fangled affair, where they are so much in favor


of progress" that they will scarcely allow a
man sufficient time to eat or sleep. However
ill the would-be philosophers, who reside on the
earth, speak of it, let them by chance leave it
and visit Kailoo, as we have, my boy, and
I think they will change their minds. Therefore,
join me in drinking to our much-loved earth."
We drained our glasses, and after escorting
the ladies to the parlor, my worthy friend
taking my arm within his, conducted me to his
office, where to my great joy I found books,
both English and French, enough to form quite
a large library. The names of their authors,
and the places where they were published, were
printed upon them, and as I read and re-read
the familiar names of authors that I had seen
before, I felt as though I was on earth again, and
had walked into the office of a friend at home.
"You must," said he, be impatient to learn
how I came to visit this outlandish place, and I
wish to know how I have happened to have
the pleasure of your company. I will tell
you my adventures, and in return you must
relate yours. Turn about is fair play, you



IT would occupy more space than I can
afford, should I give the old gentleman's story
in his own words; therefore I will attempt an
outline, which must be far inferior to his story,
for I cannot write it in the same impressive
style with which he delivered it.
Mr. Brown was a native of Liverpool,
England, and was captain of a packet-ship that
traded between that port and the East Indies.
He had made several successful voyages, and
was about making his last trip before retiring
from the business, having amassed sufficient
wealth to support himself and wife through
life, leaving quite a balance for his little
daughter. His wife, at her own request, was
to go with him, and being a high-born lady,


Mr. Brown had provided every article of
luxury for the voyage, that it might be as
pleasant as possible. After a prosperous
voyage they arrived at their point of destina-
tion, and having discharged his cargo, took in
another which consisted entirely of old wines
and valuable silks, and with a fair breeze was
soon on his return home, everything seeming
to warrant that the conclusion of their voyage
would be as happy as the commencement.
But one day, after a storm that had lasted
for two days without ceasing, and the sailors
wearied with their arduous exertions had re-
tired to their bunks, the waves were still
rising and falling in long heavy swells, the
remains of the late storm, Captain Brown,
being anxious, could not sleep, but walked the
deck, keeping watch while his crew slept.
Looking towards the horizon, he saw an
immense water-spout coming with great rapid-
ity towards the vessel. It was of great size,
being nearly six times the bulk of the vessel,
the largest he had ever seen. Perceiving
the danger, he sprang to the helm, for the
helmsman, overcome with fatigue, had fallen



asleep at his post; but it was too late; the
water-spout was just upon them. Determined
to perish in company with his beloved wife and
child, he rushed into the cabin, drawing the
covering of the hatchway closely over him.
"We are lost!" cried he, as he clasped
his wife and child to his bosom. He could
distinctly hear the rushing, gurgling sound, as
the mighty body of water drew nigh the ship.
The water-spout was so large that it did not
break upon and swamp the ship as he expected,
but sucked it upwards with the force of its
current, and he could distinctly feel the
whirling of the ship, as it went around and
around, following the winding course of the
powerful stream. Suddenly the sickening
motion ceased, and the vessel seemed to be
falling through the air, then, with a crashing
shock, it struck with such force that it threw
him from the spot to which he had been
clinging, to the other end of the cabin, his wife
and child falling upon him. Then all was
still. Stunned by the suddenness of his fall,
he lay for a moment motionless, then rising, his
wife and child were at his feet, the one fainting


or dead, the other struggling as though in
death's last agonies. Upon his wife's brow
were several drops of blood, but he was
rejoiced when upon placing his hand to his
forehead, he discovered that it came from a
deep wound caused by his fall. Obtaining
some cologne water that had been placed in a
chest near by, he sprinkled it upon the face of
his wife. To his joy she-revived, and soon
arising, turned her attention to his daughter,
who was more frightened than hurt. The
vessel, after striking, remained perfectly
motionless. After some trouble, he succeeded
in forcing the cabin door open, and went upon
deck. To his great wonderment, no water was
to be seen! The vessel had fallen bow fore-
most upon a high mountain. The bow, which
contained the forecastle, in which the crew had
been sleeping when the accident occurred, had
been shattered into fragments, while the stern
had fallen upon the top of a great mass of long
reeds, which were woven together in such a
manner that it completely broke the fall, thus
saving the inmates of the cabin from otherwise
unavoidable destruction. The fallen masts and


rigging encumbered the deck, lying in the
utmost confusion. Anxious concerning the
fate of his crew, he hastened towards the
forecastle, but so shivered was the forepart of
the vessel, that no definite idea could be
formed of its whereabouts, and his worst fears
were realized. The crew must have all been
precipitated over the ledge of the rock, upon
which that part of the vessel had fallen.
Making these discoveries, he returned to the
cabin, and after packing up their valuables, so
that they might be able to obtain them again,
they descended the mountain and arrived safe
at the city, where he was taken by the gate-
keeper to the king, who gave him his protection,
and after having him instructed in the language,
appointed him his prime minister. The cargo
of the ship he disposed of to such great advan-
tage that he became the wealthiest man in the
kingdom. Having told the king his adven-
tures, he for the first time discovered that he
was in another world.
But," said he in conclusion, I have kept
you too long, and, if you are inclined, will
show you some parts of the city by moonlight,


or if you wish a longer walk, I will take you to
the mountain where lie the remains of my
vessel, and also where are the graves of my
unfortunate shipmates."
We left the house, the old gentleman looking
up to the earth, which was shining with
mellowed light over our heads.
I love," said he, to gaze upon the moon,
for I think that perhaps some of my friends
may be looking upon it at the same time."
"It is not the moon," said I; "that is our
own dear earth."
Our earth !" cried he, all amazement, and
he reverently took off his cap, and gazed upon
it; "how know you that it is ?"
SYou forget," I answered, "that you have
not heard my story, which far exceeds yours in
the marvellous. I will relate it as we proceed,
but to assure you that it is the earth, look
through this telescope. You perceive that
there is no man in it."
So saying, I gave him the small telescope
that the old man of the rock had given me, and
which was of great power. Taking it from me
he applied it to his eye, and gazed long at our


beautiful planet. Removing the instrument
from his eye, he attempted to place it in
my hand, but trembling with emotion, he let it
fall, and it was dashed to fragments upon the
iron pavement. Intensely grieved, it was for
some time before I could comfort him for the
loss, but after telling him that we should feel
no sorrow at its loss, as it only inflamed us with
a desire to return to earth, which he knew was
impracticable, he seemed to be comforted,
and we pursued our walk, at the same time
relating to him my adventures, which appeared
greatly to interest him. The streets of the city
were deserted. No night-watch was to be
seen, for thieving and riots were crimes
unknown in Kailoo. We roamed through the
city until we arrived at the eastern gate. The
gate was closed. Awakening the sleeping
official, who, upon perceiving my companion,
appeared much confused,
"No matter, my friend," said the old
gentleman; "I will not report you, only be
more careful in future."
The fellow mumbled some reply which my
friend cut short, and we proceeded on our way


towards the mountain. After a tedious walk
up its steep sides, we arrived at the spot where
the vessel had fallen. There, indeed, was the
remains of the once noble ship; the timbers,
fast decaying, had fallen asunder, and almost
buried beneath the thick layer of green moss
that covered them. After examining them, my
friend-whom I shall henceforth call by his
Kailooite name, Colorondo-took me by the
hand and silently conducted me into a small
enclosure, where were several groves, covered
with long grass and blooming flowers. The
headstones were made of iron. The inscrip-
tions were deeply graven, both in English and
Kailooite, by a Kailooite artist, under the
immediate inspection of Colorondo. With
doffed caps we silently stood over the sacred
spot, and my friend's lips moved in silent
prayer, as a tear for the memory of his beloved
companions stole over his manly cheek. Walk-
ing cautiously, as though fearful of disturbing
the sleepers, we left the spot and hastened on
our way towards the city. As we descended
the steep acclivity the sun rose, and we had a
fine view of the surrounding country. We



arrived-at the gates just as the keeper was
unclosing them, and hurried on our way
towards Colorondo's dwelling. The streets
were now thronged with citizens, who were
hastening to and fro, pursuing their daily
avocations. Arriving at the house, the family
had not yet retired, I heard music, and entering
the parlor, found Miss Fameta performing
upon the 2Eolian instrument. Her father
being weary with his long walk, said he would
leave his daughter to amuse me, and hinting
that it wanted four or five hours of bed-time,
but that he had state business to perform the
day after to-morrow, Kailoo time, he must
to bed, and calling Mrs. Brown, who was
feeding a real canary bird, the offspring of
some that had been on the vessel, she obeyed
her lord, as a good wife should, and I was left
alone with the young lady.
When at home, I had been considered by
the few girls that I was acquainted with, as a
very bashful fellow, and had frequently been
called "green;" but at this trying moment,
my courage did not desert me, and I made my
first speech with the utmost boldness.



Miss Brown," said I, or Miss Colorondo,
if you prefer the latter-"
She interrupted me.
What is your first name, Mr. Joi ?"
For the first time in my life I was ashamed
of my first name. Gulliver. How verdant it
sounded; but summing up my courage, I
boldly said:
Gulliver !"
"Now, then," said she. "Gulliver"-liow
pretty the name sounded when pronounced by
her sweet voice-" Gulliver, I wish you to call
me by my English name, Martha, when alone,
or in the company of my parents; but when
any of our neighbors are within hearing, it
perhaps would be better to call me Miss
Fameta Colorondo."
How delighted I was at her frankness. I
could almost have called her dear Martha;
but fortunately I did not.
Are you fond of flowers ?" said she, as she
placed her pretty hand upon mine. Of course
I was; who would not be when asked by such
an angel. I followed her out of the parlor
into the garden, and was soon walking through



the various paths which were bordered with
flowers of the most brilliant colors, but which
did not make a modest rose bush in full bloom
appear the less beautiful to me. I plucked a
rose and presented it to her. Our conversation
now turned upon the affairs of earth, and, at
her request, I gave a full account of my adven-
tures. We had been thus engaged but a few
moments, it seemed to me, when the confound-
ed sun dropped behind the hills-the earth
being hid by a large cloud gave no light, and
we found our way back to the house as well as
we were able. Supper was ready, and we ad-
journed to the table. After supper, having
promised Colorondo that I would accompany
him to the king's audience on the next (Kailoo-
itish) day, I immediately bade the ladies good
night, and retired to my chamber. I was
awakened in the morning by the bright rays
of the sun streaming into my window, and
rising, hastened down to the parlor, where I
found my friend awaiting my arrival. We
instantly departed for the palace. The streets
were thronged with people, all rushing towards
the same place; and perceiving that we would



not arrive in time, my companion called a ear-
riage, and we rattled off at a great rate. We
arrived at the door of the audience-chamber
full five congress before the time for opening.
The two large doors were swung open, and
we stood in presence of the king. The audi-
ence room was wide and. very long; on either
side of the room stood a file of earlet--the
same kind of personages as Cracko, Colorondo's
servant, whom I have before described. They
were clothed in beautiful crimson uniforms, each
holding in his hand a long spear, with a broad,
glittering head. The throne was situated at
the farther end of the room. It was composed
entirely of gold, and was the only particle of
that precious metal found on the continent. It
was elaborately carved, five generations of
Kailooites having been employed in making it.
The centre of the hall was filled with courtiers
who were anxious to pay their homage to the
king. When we entered the apartment, they
made way, that we might approach. My
companion bended his knees before the king;
then.rising from his humble posture, conducted
me to the foot of the throne, saying.:



A stranger, your majesty."
The king welcomed me, and placed me on a
seat by his side; then turning to Colorondo,
whispered in his ear, upon which Colorondo
prepared himself for the business of the court.
Petitions were presented, read, and commented
upon. After answering these, Colorondo read
a paper, which, he said, was of considerable
importance, and demanded immediate atten-
tion. The writer of the paper set forth that
the carlets, or servants of the good citizens of
Kailoo, were in the habit of holding nightly
meetings, where they concerted measures
whereby they might be able to free themselves
from their lawful masters; that the writer
thereof had been present at one of these meet-
ings, disguised as a carlet, and he sincerely
thought that a bold attempt would soon be
made by them to free themselves. He would
respectfully suggest, that they might be dis-
qualified for holding arms, as they might turn
them upon their own masters, instead of pro-
tecting them. He would farther suggest, that
a body of arlet-holding citizens might be
organized from such citizens as would be will-


ing to serve, to protect themselves and neigh-
bors from the assaults of the scarlet; and, for
such services they should be paid a moderate
salary out of the public treasury. He hopes
that these few suggestions will meet with your
majesty's approbation. After discussing the
merits of the paper with his prime minister,
the king said that the suggestions certainly
deserved attention, and that he would give
immediate orders that they should be carried
out to the very letter.


THE discussion concerning the vrlet-paper
had occupied the mind of the king until din-
ner-time, and his majesty having invited Colo-
rondo and myself to dine with him, we were
conducted from the audience-chamber directly
to the dining-hall. The hall was very small;
and as the king had no other guests, the table
was spread but for three. The females of the
king's household are not allowed to be seen by
any other man than the king; even the princes,
after arriving at a certain age, are not allowed
to see their mothers or sisters. The plate upon
the table was made of silver, richly chased and
ornamented with precious stones. Goblets and
tankards formed of crystal, richly stained
with different colors, were placed at various


parts of the table. Delicious soups formed the
first course; then meats roasted in such a
manner that their rich juices were preserved
within them; next followed fowls of almost
every description; and lastly, fish, which,
although very small, were of exceedingly fine
flavor. I was surprised that the king sat so
long at the table, while his subjects seldom
devoted more than two minutes for the same
purpose. Upon speaking of it in an under-
tone to Colorondo, he said to the king:
"Gulliver wonders why it is that your
majesty is so long at dinner, while your sub-
jects are such fast-eating people."
You must know," said his majesty to me,
"that we of the royal family have great ad-
vantage over our subjects. While they live
but seventy killgames, we are allowed to live
over one thousand (about thirty years). I will
give you an outline of our government. It is
not an absolute monarchy, as you may sup-
pose. The laws, in fact, are made by the peo-
ple. For instance, a number of the inhabi-
tants wish that a certain law should be made;
they therefore draw up a paper to that effect,



and having procured a sufficient number of
signatures affixed to it, it is presented to me,
and if I see that there is no legal reason
why it should not become a law, I approve
and sign it, and then it is a law. I have, how-
ever, in the course of my reign, often been
called upon to approve of a law- which the
fathers of one generation thought perfect, and
in the course of a few killgames petitioned to
repeal it by their wiser sons. The only cause
of contention in our otherwise perfectly peace-
ful country is, whether it is according to the
Great Code of Laws-which is a code of laws
made by the founder of this people, and
which is preserved and handed down to the
people by a number of priests, whose only
calling is to explain the laws; but who have so
many different explanations, that one scarcely
knows which one to believe, to keep the carlets
in bondage or not. Truly they somewhat re-
semble human beings, for we can teach them
to speak; but here the resemblance ceases, for
they are both beastly in shape and morals;
and we have to keep them under very severe
laws to prevent them from committing crimes.



Nevertheless, a portion of my subjects are in
favor of releasing them from servitude; others
think it better to send them to a far distant
part of the country, where they can govern
themselves. Those who are in favor of giving
them, unconditionally, liberty, think it would
be unfair to send them away from their native
country, to which they must undoubtedly have
become attached. I think they could not
govern themselves, for they seem to have no
mind farther than that which teaches them to
eat and sleep. I am of opinion, therefore, that
they are better off as they now are. They are
well provided for by their masters-in fact, a
severe penalty by law is imposed upon him
that treats his servant cruelly; when, if they
were liberated, who among my people would
be willing to associate with those so far below
him i as, in point of intellect, they seem to
have no more than our domestic animals.
Although they have often been allowed the
privilege of education, they invariably refused
to learn. I think they were never born to be
free; and I have often been told by priests of
great learning, that the Great Code of Laws



plainly points out that they should be kept in
He here ceased. I then told him that what
he had said about the carlets of his country,
reminded me of the slaves in mine own. I
told him that there was no marked difference
in form between the master and slave, save
only that the slave was black. The king here
said, that if no more difference existed be-
tween a Kailooite and his scarlet than difference
in color, he would liberate them immediately.
I said that our blackest slaves had been fre-
quently educated, and had proved themselves
capable of attaining to a high position in
What do you mean by blackest slaves I"
inquired the king. "Have you white slaves
I answered that there were men kept in
bondage, in whose complexion there could not
be traced the smallest particle of black blood;
but that, from the possibility that they might
have descended from slaves that had inter-
married with the white man, they were thus
enslaved, although their skin was as white as


mine own. I said that there were a number
of white men that were laboring to free our
country from this disgraceful badge that is the
only mar to our motto, The land of the free;"
and that they hoped to succeed, although I
saw no immediate prospect of it. The slaves
were generally treated well by their masters,
as it was for their interests to make them com-
fortable. I think, upon the whole, it would be
better to send them back to their own native
country. I here related to him of the slave
trade, and to what an horrible extent it was
carried, as the profits of the trade were enor-
mous. The king then inquired the state of the
arts and sciences in my country. I told him
that all the knowledge I had obtained on the
subject was through the medium of books;
but that, from what I had read, I thought that
our nation stood among the highest in the
world for her encouragement of artists and
scientific men. The greatest living sculptor
was a native of my country-that to it must
be given the honor of being the home of the
inventors of the steamboat, the telegraph, and
other inventions of the greatest utility. I told


him of Washington, whose name had been
handed down to the children of those for
whom he fought, as the father of his country;
of Franklin, that had brought the lightning
from the clouds. I told him of Fulton, the
great inventor; and of Morse, who used the
lightning as a servant. But I talked mystery.
He knew nothing of wars, lightning, or steam.
I therefore had to enter into a more extended
explanation, as far as my poor abilities would
admit; and with the assistance of Colorondo,
who had read a great deal, I was able to make
him understand. We had conversed until the
sun had arisen and set thrice, before we
thought of leaving the table. Finally, the
king, who appeared highly entertained, in-
sisted upon our remaining in the palace until
the next day; he therefore ordered a servant
to conduct us to our chamber, where, exceed-
ingly fatigued, I threw myself upon the
couch; and Colorondo, following my example,
we were soon fast asleep. After a long and
refreshing sleep, we arose, and having bid the
king good-bye-who insisted upon my calling
again-we left the palace. On our way home,



towards which we were leisurely walking, we
were arrested by hearing the shouting of a
great crowd of people, who were rushing
towards the western gate of the city. As a
disturbance was a thing of great rarity, my
companion thought best to follow them, and
see what was the difficulty. We could not
keep up with the crowd; therefore, chartering
a carriage, we sprang into it, and followed
swiftly in their track, overtaking them at the
foot of the mountain, where they had collected
together in a crowd. By virtue of Colorondo's
office, we were admitted through the crowd to
its centre, where, seeing a number of glittering
objects like golden toys lying upon the ground,
I was about picking one up when my arm was
stayed by a bystander; thereupon, Colorondo
demanded an explanation. It seemed that at
different periods of time, there had been seen
upon various parts of this particular mountain,
these glittering objects, which were placed
there seemingly as a temptation; for frequent-
ly some unwary citizen had been induced, by
their outward beauty, to take them from the
ground, which, no sooner he does, than he is


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