|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
would find itself 'undreds of miles away from the place where it went up from! But that doesn't 'appen at all; the bird
always comes down in the same spot.'
`Yes, and the same thing applies to balloons and flyin' machines,' said Grinder. `If it was true that the world is spinnin' round on its axle so quick as that, if a man started out from Calais to fly to Dover, by the time he got to England he'd find 'imself in North America, or p'r'aps farther off still.'
`And if it was true that the world goes round the sun at the rate they makes out, when a balloon went up, the earth would run away from it! They'd never be able to get back again!' remarked Rushton.
This was so obvious that nearly everyone said there was probably something in it, and Didlum could think of no reply. Mr Bosher upon being appealed to for his opinion, explained that science was alright in its way, but