In Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, what was in the paper for which Mr.Fogg was looking?

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Hello! In Around The World In Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg is a wealthy man of means who lives a bachelor life; he is served by his man-servant, Passepartout. Together, they embark upon their adventure of journeying around the world in eighty days.

Phileas Fogg is a member of the Reform Club; on any given day, one could either find him at the whist table with his associates, or occupied with perusing several newspapers in the reading room. Phileas Fogg's partners at whist were invariably 'Andrew Stuart, an engineer; John Sullivan and Samuel Fallentin, bankers; Thomas Flanagan, a brewer; and Gauthier Ralph, one of the Directors of the Bank of England—all rich and highly respectable personages, even in a club which comprises the princes of English trade and finance.'

One day, when Phileas Fogg's whist partners came in to join him in their customary game, all were found animatedly discussing the latest town gossip about the Bank of England robbery, where a 'package of banknotes, to the value of fifty-five thousand pounds, had been taken from the principal cashier's table.' The Reform Club was in a state of great agitation, as some of its members were Bank of England officials. As Fogg's friends were angling for a description of the robber, Phileas Fogg emerges from behind his newspaper and comments:

"The Daily Telegraph says that he is a gentleman."

Phileas was reading about the robbery and trying to glean some information about the affair himself. So,what could he possibly have been looking for in the paper? Possibly a description of the robber and what is hoped, an accurate reporting of the unfortunate robbery.

There were real grounds for supposing, as the Daily Telegraph said, that the thief did not belong to a professional band. On the day of the robbery a well-dressed gentleman of polished manners, and with a well-to-do air, had been observed going to and fro in the paying room where the crime was committed.

Also, The Daily Telegraph boldly reports that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days. Along with the assertion is included a summary of possible routes for achieving this feat of human ingenuity. As Phileas Fogg unequivocally states his belief in the possibility of such an accomplishment, it may be theorized that the Daily Telegraph estimate possibly caught Fogg's interest earlier. After all, the author states that Phileas Fogg's 'sole pastimes were reading the newspapers and playing whist.' Hypothetically, the Daily Telegraph estimate might well have confirmed for Phileas the feasibility of accomplishing the feat in eighty days, even taking into account 'bad weather, contrary winds, shipwrecks, railway accidents, and so on.'

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