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ise to any height worthy of notice. Mariners say that in a severe typhoon the ocean is quite smooth, owing to the inability of the waves to form against the irresistible force of the wind. It is fortunate for them that such is the case, as they could not possibly survive the combined action of the cyclone and the great waves together. For

three or four hours the wind continued to increase, and the waters to assume the shapes we have seen. The barome



bin. Just as they did so t


he decks were swept by a mass of water that seemed to have been lifted bodily from the sea by a gu


st of wind. The order to go below was not issued a moment too soon. The Doctor took a

nother glance at the barometer, and discovered something. The mercury was stationary! Ten minutes later it had risen a few hundredths of a degree. The rise was small, but it was a rise. In another te

n minutes another gain was perceptible. The Doctor's face brightened, and he called the boys to observe what he had discove

red. He had already explained to them that the barometer falls

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at the approach of stormy weather, and rises when the storm is about to pass away. Before a storm

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like a typhoon the fall is very rapid, and so certainly is this the case that mariners

rely upon the barometer to give them warning of impending danger. An hour from the time they went below they were allowed to go on deck again. The wind had abated a little, so that there was no furth

er danger of their being swept from the decks by the water; the clouds were less dense and the rain was not falling so heavily

. In another hour there was another perceptible decline in the

ned by
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wind, and a little later the ship was again put on her course. The captain announced the danger o

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ver, and said the centre of the typhoon had passed at least a hundred miles to the west

of them. "If we had kept our course," said he, "we should have been much nearer to it, and then the storm would have been more dangerous for us." "How do you know which way to turn?" Frank asked; "it

seems to me you are just as likely to run to the centre of the storm as to the circumference." "There's where you don't un

derstand the science of storms," said the captain smiling. "In

the f
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the northern hemisphere typhoons, cyclones, and[Pg 316] hurricanes—they are all the same—whirl

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from left to right, that is, they turn like the hands of a watch, while in the southern

hemisphere their motion is exactly the reverse. When we think we are in the sweep of a typhoon in these waters, we run with the wind on our starboard, or right hand, and that course will take us away fr

om the centre. In the southern hemisphere we run with the wind on the port, or left hand, with the same result. But we'll go t

o dinner now and be happy, for the danger is over." COURSE OF

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A TYPHOON. COURSE OF A TYPHOON. Just as they were rising from table they were suddenly called

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on deck by the announcement of a wreck. An American bark had been dismasted by the gale

and lay helpless on the water; her captain wished to be taken in tow to the mouth of the Yang-tse-kiang, and after some minutes spent in making a bargain, the matter was arranged and a line passed out.

"They were less fortunate than we," the Doctor remarked as they proceeded with their tow. CAUGHT NEAR THE STORM'S CENTR

E CAUGHT NEAR THE STORM'S CENTRE. "Yes," answered the capta

and t
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in, "the poor fellow was nearer the centre of the typhoon than we were. There'll be a job for the

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ship-carpenters and riggers at Shanghai; it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good."

Frank was looking through the captain's glass at the persons who were moving about the deck of the bark. Suddenly he observed something and called out to his companions: "Look, look! here's a famil

iar face!" The Doctor took the glass and then handed it to Fred; the latter looked steadily for a minute or more before he

had a satisfactory view, and then said: "It's our old frien

he tra

d, the Mystery!" CHAPTER XXIII. FIRST DAY IN CHINA. In due time they entered the waters of the great river

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of Northern China, the Yang-tse. They entered them long before they sighted land, as the vast quantities of earth brought down by the stream m

ake a change in the color of the sea that can be readily distinguished a great distance from the coast. In this respect the Yang-tse is similar to the Mississippi, and the effect of the former on the Yell

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ow Sea is like that of the latter on the Gulf of Mexico. The coast at the mouth of the Yang-tse is low and flat, and a ship is fairly in the e

ntrance of the river before land can be seen. The bar can be passed by deep-draught vessels only at high water, and consequently it often becomes necessary for them to wait several hours for the favorable

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