> I was just reading an English translation of CLAUDIUS BOMBARNAC -- specifically
> the 1894 Lovell, Coryell, & Co.edition which uses the title THE SPECIAL
> CORRESPONDANT -- and when one minor character is revealed to be attempting to
> circle the world in 39 days, Bombarnac thinks of "Mrs. Bisland who did the
> famous tour in seventy-three days, and Train who did it in seventy . . . "
> Who was Train? (An American? -- that seems to be the thrust of the passage.)
> When did this circumnavigation occur?
> Oh, and while I know who Elizabeth Bisland was, does anyone know if the error
> of her "73 day" trip is Verne's or a translator's? (It actually took her 76 --
> although just showing how elusive this point is, William Butcher in his notes
> to his 80 DAYS translation gives the figure as "79"!)
> RF Bagby
I believe Mr Train was called George Francis Train. He circled the world
even before Phileas Fogg, I believe. I have some information on this
point at home. I'll look it up and tell all I can find about it next week.
Received on Fri 08 Mar 1996 - 12:01:24 IST