"As my message ends, the dawn ascends from the wide margins of the Ribi country. I am stunned with drowsiness. The Sun's rays have extinguished the scintillant peril in the skies. But the order has gone forth to leave the City, to camp upon the hills, the City of Scandor is doomed, and the area of destruction it embraces is the diametral measure of the " I heard no more.
Throughout this period the stars were looked upon mainly as points of reference for the observation of planetary motions, and the instruments of observation underwent little change. The astrolabe, which consists of a circle divided into degrees, with a rotating diametral arm for sighting purposes, embodies their essential principle.
"Do you know a vortex filament from a diametral plane?" demanded King. Burns laughed. "Come, let's be off! I must spare half an hour to show Mrs. King a certain view somewhat off the main line." The afternoon was gone before they could have believed it, detours though there were several, as there usually are in a road-mending season.