The Boy Travellers in the Far East: Part Third, Adventures of Two Youths in a Journey to Ceylon and India, with Descriptions of Borneo, the Philippine Islands, and Burmah

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Harper, 1882 - Borneo - 483 pages
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Page 192 - On our attention being called to the object it was discovered to be an enormous serpent, with head and shoulders kept about four feet constantly above the surface of the sea...
Page 192 - I should have easily recognized his features with the naked eye; and it did not, either in approaching the ship or after it had passed our wake, deviate in the slightest degree from its course to the SW, which it held on at the pace of from 12 to 15 miles per hour, apparently on some determined purpose.
Page 192 - The diameter of the Serpent was about fifteen or sixteen inches behind the head, which was, without any doubt, that of a snake ; and it was never, during the twenty minutes that it continued in sight of our glasses, once below the surface of the water. Its colour, a dark brown, with yellowish white about the throat. It had no fins, but something like the mane of a horse, or rather a bunch of seaweed, washed about its back.
Page 131 - ... will accurately determine the "phase angle," as well as the relative value, of the components of a given wave, and since in the phonautogram of an ordinary musical tone one wave is typical of the whole series whatever the loudness of the tone, the accurate determination of the pitch of a given tone is only a question of time, and not a long time at that. This method applies to the determination of the pitch of tones whose pattern remains unchanged as long as the tone is audible. All phonautograms...
Page 134 - ... duty of his Majesty's Government to simplify and consolidate them. The task was one of great magnitude and difficulty ; but we did not shrink from it. My right honourable friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, devoted a great deal of time and attention to the subject : but, I am free to admit, that we never could have succeeded in our undertaking, without the assistance of an official gentleman, in the service of the Customs, a gentleman* of the most unwearied diligence, and who is entitled,...
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