IN WHICH FIX, THE DETECTIVE, BETRAYS A VERY NATURAL IMPATIENCE
THE circumstances under which this telegraphic despatch about Phileas Fogg was sent were as follows:--
The steamer " Mongolia," belonging to the Peninsula and Oriental Company, built of iron, of two thousand eight hundred tons burden, and five hundred horse-power, was due at eleven o'clock a.m. on Wednesday, the 9th of October, at Suez. The "Mongolia" plied regularly between Brindisi and Bombay viâ the Suez Canal, and was one of the fastest steamers belonging to the company, always making more than ten knots an hour between Brindisi and Suez, and nine and a half between Suez and Bombay.
Two men were promenading up and down the wharves, among the crowd of natives and strangers who were sojourning at this once straggling village-- now, thanks to the enterprise of M. Lesseps, a fastgrowing town. One was the British consul at Suez, who, despite the prophecies of the English Govern-