The Golden Volcano: The First English Translation of Verne's by Jules Verne

By Jules Verne

The Golden Volcano thrusts Canadian cousins—unexpectedly bequeathed a mining declare within the Klondike—into the center of the gold rush, the place they come upon affliction, catastrophe, extremes of climate, and human nature twisted by means of a fondness for gold. A deathbed self belief sends the 2 trying to find a superb gold-filled volcano at the shore of the Arctic Ocean. yet nature, either human and actual, hasn’t entire with them, and their tale performs out with the nail-biting event of an motion mystery and the ethical and emotional strength of excessive drama. Like a few of the works left unpublished while Jules Verne died, The Golden Volcano was once altered and edited via his son, Michel. this primary translation from the unique manuscript permits readers of English to rediscover the pleasures of Verne’s storytelling in its unique form—and to get pleasure from an almost unknown gem of motion, event, and magnificence from a grasp of French literature.  (20080324)

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The notary simply took the precaution of sending a telegram to the governor of the Klondike, in Dawson City, telling him that Josias Lacoste’s heirs would shortly announce the conditions under WHICHTHEYWOULDACCEPTTHEINHERITANCE ONCEANINVENTORYHADCLARIlED THEIRUNCLESlNANCIALSITUATION 2ADDLEDIDNOTRETURNTO-ONTREALUNTILlVEDAYSLATER ONTHEMORNing of March ('. He had been in New York for a month with a group of engineers who were planning an enormous project, the construction of a bridge across the Hudson River between the metropolis and New Jersey, to match the one joining New York and Brooklyn.

Indeed, when he consulted the book on Canadian mining law, which governed the Yukon Territory, he came across Article /, which reads: “Any claim on which no digging is carried out for a period of seventyTWOHOURSDURINGTHESUMMERTIMETOBEDElNEDBYTHECOMMISSIONER  \heccedjh[WbjelWdYekl[h shall revert to the public domain, unless special permission has been GRANTEDBYTHECOMMISSIONERv Summer, even when it comes early, begins in the second half of May. At that time, then, if work on Claim '(/ was interrupted for more than three days, Josias Lacoste’s property would revert to the Dominion government and in all probability the American syndicate would be quick to buy it up, probably at a lower price than they had offered to the two heirs.

Summy Skim and Ben Raddle had no reason to complain about lack of comfort on their long journey. They had a drawing room at their disposal during the day and a bedroom at night, a smoking room where they could smoke to their hearts’ content just as they could in the best restaurants in Montreal, a dining car where the quality of the food and service left nothing to be desired, and a bathing car where they could take a bath en route. But Skim still longed for his cottage at Green Valley. In four hours the train reached Ottawa, the country’s capital,4 which overlooks the surrounding countryside from the top of a hill.

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