Five Weeks in a Balloon, by Jules Verne

Table of Contents

Publishers’ Note.
  1. The End of a much-applauded Speech. — The Presentation of Dr. Samuel Ferguson. — Excelsior. — Full-length Portrait of the Doctor. — A Fatalist convinced. — A Dinner at the Travellers’ Club. — Several Toasts for the Occasion.
  2. The Article in the Daily Telegraph. — War between the Scientific Journals. — Mr. Petermann backs his Friend Dr. Ferguson. — Reply of the Savant Koner. — Bets made. — Sundry Propositions offered to the Doctor.
  3. The Doctor’s Friend. — The Origin of their Friendship. — Dick Kennedy at London. — An unexpected but not very consoling Proposal. — A Proverb by no means cheering. — A few Names from the African Martyrology. — The Advantages of a Balloon. — Dr. Ferguson’s Secret.
  4. African Explorations. — Barth, Richardson, Overweg, Werne, Brun-Rollet, Penney, Andrea, Debono, Miani, Guillaume Lejean, Bruce, Krapf and Rebmann, Maizan, Roscher, Burton and Speke.
  5. Kennedy’s Dreams. — Articles and Pronouns in the Plural. — Dick’s Insinuations. — A Promenade over the Map of Africa. — What is contained between two Points of the Compass. — Expeditions now on foot. — Speke and Grant. — Krapf, De Decken, and De Heuglin.
  6. A Servant — match him! — He can see the Satellites of Jupiter. — Dick and Joe hard at it. — Doubt and Faith. — The Weighing Ceremony. — Joe and Wellington. — He gets a Half-crown.
  7. Geometrical Details. — Calculation of the Capacity of the Balloon. — The Double Receptacle. — The Covering. — The Car. — The Mysterious Apparatus. — The Provisions and Stores. — The Final Summing up.
  8. Joe’s Importance. — The Commander of the Resolute. — Kennedy’s Arsenal. — Mutual Amenities. — The Farewell Dinner. — Departure on the 21st of February. — The Doctor’s Scientific Sessions. — Duveyrier. — Livingstone. — Details of the Aerial Voyage. — Kennedy silenced.
  9. They double the Cape. — The Forecastle. — A Course of Cosmography by Professor Joe. — Concerning the Method of guiding Balloons. — How to seek out Atmospheric Currents. — Eureka.
  10. Former Experiments. — The Doctor’s Five Receptacles. — The Gas Cylinder. — The Calorifere. — The System of Manoeuvring. — Success certain.
  11. The Arrival at Zanzibar. — The English Consul. — Ill-will of the Inhabitants. — The Island of Koumbeni. — The Rain-Makers. — Inflation of the Balloon. — Departure on the 18th of April. — The last Good-by. — The Victoria.
  12. Crossing the Strait. — The Mrima. — Dick’s Remark and Joe’s Proposition. — A Recipe for Coffee-making. — The Uzaramo. — The Unfortunate Maizan. — Mount Dathumi. — The Doctor’s Cards. — Night under a Nopal.
  13. Change of Weather. — Kennedy has the Fever. — The Doctor’s Medicine. — Travels on Land. — The Basin of Imenge. — Mount Rubeho. — Six Thousand Feet Elevation. — A Halt in the Daytime.
  14. The Forest of Gum-Trees. — The Blue Antelope. — The Rallying-Signal. — An Unexpected Attack. — The Kanyeme. — A Night in the Open Air. — The Mabunguru. — Jihoue-la-Mkoa. — A Supply of Water. — Arrival at Kazeh.
  15. Kazeh. — The Noisy Market-place. — The Appearance of the Balloon. — The Wangaga. — The Sons of the Moon. — The Doctor’s Walk. — The Population of the Place. — The Royal Tembe. — The Sultan’s Wives. — A Royal Drunken-Bout. — Joe an Object of Worship. — How they Dance in the Moon. — A Reaction. — Two Moons in one Sky. — The Instability of Divine Honors.
  16. Symptoms of a Storm. — The Country of the Moon. — The Future of the African Continent. — The Last Machine of all. — A View of the Country at Sunset. — Flora and Fauna. — The Tempest. — The Zone of Fire. — The Starry Heavens.
  17. The Mountains of the Moon. — An Ocean of Verdure. — They cast Anchor. — The Towing Elephant. — A Running Fire. — Death of the Monster. — The Field-Oven. — A Meal on the Grass. — A Night on the Ground.
  18. The Karagwah. — Lake Ukereoue. — A Night on an Island. — The Equator. — Crossing the Lake. — The Cascades. — A View of the Country. — The Sources of the Nile. — The Island of Benga. — The Signature of Andrea Debono. — The Flag with the Arms of England.
  19. The Nile. — The Trembling Mountain. — A Remembrance of the Country. — The Narratives of the Arabs. — The Nyam-Nyams. — Joe’s Shrewd Cogitations. — The Balloon runs the Gantlet. — Aerostatic Ascensions. — Madame Blanchard.
  20. The Celestial Bottle. — The Fig-Palms. — The Mammoth Trees. — The Tree of War. — The Winged Team. — Two Native Tribes in Battle. — A Massacre. — An Intervention from above.
  21. Strange Sounds. — A Night Attack. — Kennedy and Joe in the Tree. — Two Shots. —“Help! help!”— Reply in French. — The Morning. — The Missionary. — The Plan of Rescue.
  22. The Jet of Light. — The Missionary. — The Rescue in a Ray of Electricity. — A Lazarist Priest. — But little Hope. — The Doctor’s Care. — A Life of Self-Denial. — Passing a Volcano.
  23. Joe in a Fit of Rage. — The Death of a Good Man. — The Night of watching by the Body. — Barrenness and Drought. — The Burial. — The Quartz Rocks. — Joe’s Hallucinations. — A Precious Ballast. — A Survey of the Gold-bearing Mountains. — The Beginning of Joe’s Despair.
  24. The Wind dies away. — The Vicinity of the Desert. — The Mistake in the Water-Supply. — The Nights of the Equator. — Dr. Ferguson’s Anxieties. — The Situation flatly stated. — Energetic Replies of Kennedy and Joe. — One Night more.
  25. A Little Philosophy. — A Cloud on the Horizon. — In the Midst of a Fog. — The Strange Balloon. — An Exact View of the Victoria. — The Palm-Trees. — Traces of a Caravan. — The Well in the Midst of the Desert.
  26. One Hundred and Thirteen Degrees. — The Doctor’s Reflections. — A Desperate Search. — The Cylinder goes out. — One Hundred and Twenty-two Degrees. — Contemplation of the Desert. — A Night Walk. — Solitude. — Debility. — Joe’s Prospects. — He gives himself One Day more.
  27. Terrific Heat. — Hallucinations. — The Last Drops of Water. — Nights of Despair. — An Attempt at Suicide. — The Simoom. — The Oasis. — The Lion and Lioness.
  28. An Evening of Delight. — Joe’s Culinary Performance. — A Dissertation on Raw Meat. — The Narrative of James Bruce. — Camping out. — Joe’s Dreams. — The Barometer begins to fall. — The Barometer rises again. — Preparations for Departure. — The Tempest.
  29. Signs of Vegetation. — The Fantastic Notion of a French Author. — A Magnificent Country. — The Kingdom of Adamova. — The Explorations of Speke and Burton connected with those of Dr. Barth. — The Atlantika Mountains. — The River Benoue. — The City of Yola. — The Bagele. — Mount Mendif.
  30. Mosfeia. — The Sheik. — Denham, Clapperton, and Oudney. — Vogel. — The Capital of Loggoum. — Toole. — Becalmed above Kernak. — The Governor and his Court. — The Attack. — The Incendiary Pigeons.
  31. Departure in the Night-time. — All Three. — Kennedy’s Instincts. — Precautions. — The Course of the Shari River. — Lake Tchad. — The Water of the Lake. — The Hippopotamus. — One Bullet thrown away.
  32. The Capital of Bornou. — The Islands of the Biddiomahs. — The Condors. — The Doctor’s Anxieties. — His Precautions. — An Attack in Mid-air. — The Balloon Covering torn. — The Fall. — Sublime Self-Sacrifice. — The Northern Coast of the Lake.
  33. Conjectures. — Reestablishment of the Victoria’s Equilibrium. — Dr. Ferguson’s New Calculations. — Kennedy’s Hunt. — A Complete Exploration of Lake Tchad. — Tangalia. — The Return. — Lari.
  34. The Hurricane. — A Forced Departure. — Loss of an Anchor. — Melancholy Reflections. — The Resolution adopted. — The Sand-Storm. — The Buried Caravan. — A Contrary yet Favorable Wind. — The Return southward. — Kennedy at his Post.
  35. What happened to Joe. — The Island of the Biddiomahs. — The Adoration shown him. — The Island that sank. — The Shores of the Lake. — The Tree of the Serpents. — The Foot-Tramp. — Terrible Suffering. — Mosquitoes and Ants. — Hunger. — The Victoria seen. — She disappears. — The Swamp. — One Last Despairing Cry.
  36. A Throng of People on the Horizon. — A Troop of Arabs. — The Pursuit. — It is He. — Fall from Horseback. — The Strangled Arab. — A Ball from Kennedy. — Adroit Manoeuvres. — Caught up flying. — Joe saved at last.
  37. The Western Route. — Joe wakes up. — His Obstinacy. — End of Joe’s Narrative. — Tagelei. — Kennedy’s Anxieties. — The Route to the North. — A Night near Aghades.
  38. A Rapid Passage. — Prudent Resolves. — Caravans in Sight. — Incessant Rains. — Goa. — The Niger. — Golberry, Geoffroy, and Gray. — Mungo Park. — Laing. — Rene Caillie. — Clapperton. — John and Richard Lander.
  39. The Country in the Elbow of the Niger. — A Fantastic View of the Hombori Mountains. — Kabra. — Timbuctoo. — The Chart of Dr. Barth. — A Decaying City. — Whither Heaven wills.
  40. Dr. Ferguson’s Anxieties. — Persistent Movement southward. — A Cloud of Grasshoppers. — A View of Jenne. — A View of Sego. — Change of the Wind. — Joe’s Regrets.
  41. The Approaches to Senegal. — The Balloon sinks lower and lower. — They keep throwing out, throwing out. — The Marabout Al-Hadji. — Messrs. Pascal, Vincent, and Lambert. — A Rival of Mohammed. — The Difficult Mountains. — Kennedy’s Weapons. — One of Joe’s Manoeuvres. — A Halt over a Forest.
  42. A Struggle of Generosity. — The Last Sacrifice. — The Dilating Apparatus. — Joe’s Adroitness. — Midnight. — The Doctor’s Watch. — Kennedy’s Watch. — The Latter falls asleep at his Post. — The Fire. — The Howlings of the Natives. — Out of Range.
  43. The Talabas. — The Pursuit. — A Devastated Country. — The Wind begins to fall. — The Victoria sinks. — The last of the Provisions. — The Leaps of the Balloon. — A Defence with Fire-arms. — The Wind freshens. — The Senegal River. — The Cataracts of Gouina. — The Hot Air. — The Passage of the River.
  44. Conclusion. — The Certificate. — The French Settlements. — The Post of Medina. — The Basilic. — Saint Louis. — The English Frigate. — The Return to London.

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