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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Thus, some time after the return of the travelers, the public received with marked favor the announcement of a company, limited, with a capital of a hundred million of dollars, divided into a hundred thousand shares of a thousand dollars each, under the name of the "National Company of Interstellary Communication." President, Barbicane; vice-president, Captain Nicholl; secretary, J.
Verne writes, "Since Barbicane's attempt, nothing seemed impossible to the Americans." The Gun Club helps to create the National Company of Interstellary Communication (NCIC)--a fictional forerunner of NASA--with a mandate to facilitate travel between the Earth and Moon, as well as to the planets and stars.