**DURING WHICH MR. FOGG AND PARTY CROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN**
What happened when the pilot-boat came in sight of Shanghai will be easil_uessed. The signals made by the Tankadere had been seen by the captain of th_okohama steamer, who, espying the flag at half-mast, had directed his cours_owards the little craft. Phileas Fogg, after paying the stipulated price o_is passage to John Busby, and rewarding that worthy with the additional su_f five hundred and fifty pounds, ascended the steamer with Aouda and Fix; an_hey started at once for Nagasaki and Yokohama.
They reached their destination on the morning of the 14th of November. Philea_ogg lost no time in going on board the Carnatic, where he learned, to Aouda'_reat delight—and perhaps to his own, though he betrayed no emotion—tha_assepartout, a Frenchman, had really arrived on her the day before.
The San Francisco steamer was announced to leave that very evening, and i_ecame necessary to find Passepartout, if possible, without delay. Mr. Fog_pplied in vain to the French and English consuls, and, after wanderin_hrough the streets a long time, began to despair of finding his missin_ervant. Chance, or perhaps a kind of presentiment, at last led him into th_onourable Mr. Batulcar's theatre. He certainly would not have recognise_assepartout in the eccentric mountebank's costume; but the latter, lying o_is back, perceived his master in the gallery. He could not help starting,
which so changed the position of his nose as to bring the "pyramid" pell-mel_pon the stage.
All this Passepartout learned from Aouda, who recounted to him what had take_lace on the voyage from Hong Kong to Shanghai on the Tankadere, in compan_ith one Mr. Fix.
Passepartout did not change countenance on hearing this name. He thought tha_he time had not yet arrived to divulge to his master what had taken plac_etween the detective and himself; and, in the account he gave of his absence,
he simply excused himself for having been overtaken by drunkenness, in smokin_pium at a tavern in Hong Kong.
Mr. Fogg heard this narrative coldly, without a word; and then furnished hi_an with funds necessary to obtain clothing more in harmony with his position.
Within an hour the Frenchman had cut off his nose and parted with his wings,
and retained nothing about him which recalled the sectary of the god Tingou.
The steamer which was about to depart from Yokohama to San Francisco belonge_o the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and was named the General Grant. Sh_as a large paddle-wheel steamer of two thousand five hundred tons; wel_quipped and very fast. The massive walking-beam rose and fell above the deck;
at one end a piston-rod worked up and down; and at the other was a connecting-
rod which, in changing the rectilinear motion to a circular one, was directl_onnected with the shaft of the paddles. The General Grant was rigged wit_hree masts, giving a large capacity for sails, and thus materially aiding th_team power. By making twelve miles an hour, she would cross the ocean i_wenty-one days. Phileas Fogg was therefore justified in hoping that he woul_each San Francisco by the 2nd of December, New York by the 11th, and Londo_n the 20th—thus gaining several hours on the fatal date of the 21st o_ecember.
There was a full complement of passengers on board, among them English, man_mericans, a large number of coolies on their way to California, and severa_ast Indian officers, who were spending their vacation in making the tour o_he world. Nothing of moment happened on the voyage; the steamer, sustained o_ts large paddles, rolled but little, and the Pacific almost justified it_ame. Mr. Fogg was as calm and taciturn as ever. His young companion fel_erself more and more attached to him by other ties than gratitude; his silen_ut generous nature impressed her more than she thought; and it was almos_nconsciously that she yielded to emotions which did not seem to have th_east effect upon her protector. Aouda took the keenest interest in his plans,
and became impatient at any incident which seemed likely to retard hi_ourney.
She often chatted with Passepartout, who did not fail to perceive the state o_he lady's heart; and, being the most faithful of domestics, he neve_xhausted his eulogies of Phileas Fogg's honesty, generosity, and devotion. H_ook pains to calm Aouda's doubts of a successful termination of the journey,
telling her that the most difficult part of it had passed, that now they wer_eyond the fantastic countries of Japan and China, and were fairly on thei_ay to civilised places again. A railway train from San Francisco to New York,
and a transatlantic steamer from New York to Liverpool, would doubtless brin_hem to the end of this impossible journey round the world within the perio_greed upon.
On the ninth day after leaving Yokohama, Phileas Fogg had traversed exactl_ne half of the terrestrial globe. The General Grant passed, on the 23rd o_ovember, the one hundred and eightieth meridian, and was at the ver_ntipodes of London. Mr. Fogg had, it is true, exhausted fifty-two of th_ighty days in which he was to complete the tour, and there were only twenty-
eight left. But, though he was only half-way by the difference of meridians,
he had really gone over two-thirds of the whole journey; for he had bee_bliged to make long circuits from London to Aden, from Aden to Bombay, fro_alcutta to Singapore, and from Singapore to Yokohama. Could he have followe_ithout deviation the fiftieth parallel, which is that of London, the whol_istance would only have been about twelve thousand miles; whereas he would b_orced, by the irregular methods of locomotion, to traverse twenty-si_housand, of which he had, on the 23rd of November, accomplished seventee_housand five hundred. And now the course was a straight one, and Fix was n_onger there to put obstacles in their way!
It happened also, on the 23rd of November, that Passepartout made a joyfu_iscovery. It will be remembered that the obstinate fellow had insisted o_eeping his famous family watch at London time, and on regarding that of th_ountries he had passed through as quite false and unreliable. Now, on thi_ay, though he had not changed the hands, he found that his watch exactl_greed with the ship's chronometers. His triumph was hilarious. He would hav_iked to know what Fix would say if he were aboard!
"The rogue told me a lot of stories," repeated Passepartout, "about th_eridians, the sun, and the moon! Moon, indeed! moonshine more likely! If on_istened to that sort of people, a pretty sort of time one would keep! I wa_ure that the sun would some day regulate itself by my watch!"
Passepartout was ignorant that, if the face of his watch had been divided int_wenty-four hours, like the Italian clocks, he would have no reason fo_xultation; for the hands of his watch would then, instead of as no_ndicating nine o'clock in the morning, indicate nine o'clock in the evening,
that is, the twenty-first hour after midnight precisely the difference betwee_ondon time and that of the one hundred and eightieth meridian. But if Fix ha_een able to explain this purely physical effect, Passepartout would not hav_dmitted, even if he had comprehended it. Moreover, if the detective had bee_n board at that moment, Passepartout would have joined issue with him on _uite different subject, and in an entirely different manner.
Where was Fix at that moment?
He was actually on board the General Grant.
On reaching Yokohama, the detective, leaving Mr. Fogg, whom he expected t_eet again during the day, had repaired at once to the English consulate,
where he at last found the warrant of arrest. It had followed him from Bombay,
and had come by the Carnatic, on which steamer he himself was supposed to be.
Fix's disappointment may be imagined when he reflected that the warrant wa_ow useless. Mr. Fogg had left English ground, and it was now necessary t_rocure his extradition!
"Well," thought Fix, after a moment of anger, "my warrant is not good here,
but it will be in England. The rogue evidently intends to return to his ow_ountry, thinking he has thrown the police off his track. Good! I will follo_im across the Atlantic. As for the money, heaven grant there may be som_eft! But the fellow has already spent in travelling, rewards, trials, bail,
elephants, and all sorts of charges, more than five thousand pounds. Yet,
after all, the Bank is rich!"
His course decided on, he went on board the General Grant, and was there whe_r. Fogg and Aouda arrived. To his utter amazement, he recognise_assepartout, despite his theatrical disguise. He quickly concealed himself i_is cabin, to avoid an awkward explanation, and hoped—thanks to the number o_assengers—to remain unperceived by Mr. Fogg's servant.
On that very day, however, he met Passepartout face to face on the forwar_eck. The latter, without a word, made a rush for him, grasped him by th_hroat, and, much to the amusement of a group of Americans, who immediatel_egan to bet on him, administered to the detective a perfect volley of blows,
which proved the great superiority of French over English pugilistic skill.
When Passepartout had finished, he found himself relieved and comforted. Fi_ot up in a somewhat rumpled condition, and, looking at his adversary, coldl_aid, "Have you done?"
"For this time—yes."
"Then let me have a word with you."
"In your master's interests."
Passepartout seemed to be vanquished by Fix's coolness, for he quietl_ollowed him, and they sat down aside from the rest of the passengers.
"You have given me a thrashing," said Fix. "Good, I expected it. Now, liste_o me. Up to this time I have been Mr. Fogg's adversary. I am now in hi_ame."
"Aha!" cried Passepartout; "you are convinced he is an honest man?"
"No," replied Fix coldly, "I think him a rascal. Sh! don't budge, and let m_peak. As long as Mr. Fogg was on English ground, it was for my interest t_etain him there until my warrant of arrest arrived. I did everything I coul_o keep him back. I sent the Bombay priests after him, I got you intoxicate_t Hong Kong, I separated you from him, and I made him miss the Yokoham_teamer."
Passepartout listened, with closed fists.
"Now," resumed Fix, "Mr. Fogg seems to be going back to England. Well, I wil_ollow him there. But hereafter I will do as much to keep obstacles out of hi_ay as I have done up to this time to put them in his path. I've changed m_ame, you see, and simply because it was for my interest to change it. You_nterest is the same as mine; for it is only in England that you wil_scertain whether you are in the service of a criminal or an honest man."
Passepartout listened very attentively to Fix, and was convinced that he spok_ith entire good faith.
"Are we friends?" asked the detective.
"Friends?—no," replied Passepartout; "but allies, perhaps. At the least sig_f treason, however, I'll twist your neck for you."
"Agreed," said the detective quietly.
Eleven days later, on the 3rd of December, the General Grant entered the ba_f the Golden Gate, and reached San Francisco.
Mr. Fogg had neither gained nor lost a single day.