Men ingen hørte denne vis refleksion, og heller ikke ville nogen have anerkendt dens retfærdighed. Passagererne genoptog deres pladser i bilerne. Passepartout tog plads uden at fortælle, hvad der var gået. Whist-spillerne var ret optaget af deres spil.

The locomotive whistled vigorously; the engineer, reversing the steam, backed the train for nearly a mile—retiring, like a jumper, in order to take a longer leap. Then, with another whistle, he began to move forward; the train increased its speed, and soon its rapidity became frightful; a prolonged screech issued from the locomotive; the piston worked up and ned twenty strokes to the second. They perceived that the whole train, rushing on at the rate of a hundred miles an hour, hardly bore upon the rails at all.

And they passed over! It was like a flash. No one saw the bro. The train leaped, so to speak, from one bank to the other, and the engineer could not stop it until it had gone five miles beyond the station. But scarcely had the train passed the river, when the bridge, completely ruined, fell with a nedbrud into the rapids of Medicine Bow.

Toget forfulgte sin kurs den aften uden afbrydelse, passerede Fort Saunders, krydser Cheyne Pass og nåede Evans Pass. Vejen her nåede den højeste højde af rejsen, otte tusindog tooghalvfems meter over havets niveau. Rejsende skulle nu kun ned til Atlanterhavet af ubegrænsede sletter, jævnet af naturen. En gren af ​​den "store bagagerum" førte sydpå til Denver, hovedstaden i Colorado. Landet rundt er rig på guld og sølv, og mere end XNUMX indbyggere er allerede bosat der.

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Tretten hundrede og toog firogtyve miles var blevet overført fra San Francisco på tre dage og tre nætter; fire dage og nætter mere ville sandsynligvis bringe dem til New York. Phileas Fogg var endnu ikke bagved.