"The map of Iceland in the Rand McNally Atlas mount sneffles Evidently, therefore, Jules Verne started the story with this mountain in . mind. It is interesting to note that most of the characters in his crytograph are actually Runic characters, so he took some trouble to give good color to his story. "In view of your discovery of the article by Frederick H. Chapin (Sec. 11, 6) the conclusion is that Mount Sneffels in southwestern Colorado was named for the mountain in Jules Verne's book `A Journey to the Centre of the Earth,' and that the mountain, in turn, represents Snaefell Mtn. in Iceland. "As far as I can see, there is every reason to use the spelling `Sneffels: Not only is this spelling used by Jules Verne, but it is also used by the U. S. Geological Survey, on the Montrose Quadrangle. The name is occasionally written `Sneffles,' but there seems to be no reason for adopting that spelling. The fears of Chapin were not groundless, however, for in the Century Ency- clopedia, we find: `Sniffels, or Sneffels, Mount. A peak of the San Juan Ran th l C ' " ge, sou ern o orado. Height, 14,158 feet. . For this summit Wheeler gives Mount Blaine, which has been ruled against by the U., S. G. B.
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