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That was the sense of things to me, as I stood in the street, waiting for hell to blow off its lid. It was a dream world, and I was the dreamer, in the center of the strange unfolding sight, seeing it all out of a muffled consciousness. Another quarter hour, and Rossiter began to fidget. "Do you call this a battle?" he asked. "The liveliest thing in a month," replied the lieutenant.
Once, at a farm in the country, there was a gate enclosing the cattle and poultry, which was constantly swinging open for want of a proper latch. The expenditure of a penny or two, and a few minutes' time, would have made all right. It was on the swing every time a person went out, and not being in a state to shut readily, many of the poultry were from time to time lost.
The young operative's eyes sparkled eagerly as he spoke, and his long, slim, nervous fingers clasped and unclasped the arms of his chair spasmodically. "What is it? Something new come up?" "Only that disappearance, two days ago, of the young lawyer to whom Miss Lawton is engaged, Ramon Hamilton. I want you to go out on that at once, and see what you can do.
But if my theory is correct, justice will be forced to agree that the several hundred francs found in Guespin's possession can and must be the change for the note." "That is only a theory," urged M. Domini in an irritated tone. "That is true; but one which may turn out a certainty. It remains for me to ask this man how Guespin carried away the articles which he bought?
"Alligators knock you down with their tails, I understand, sort of stun you, and " "Spare us the horrible details," interrupted Mollie, and she drawled it out in such a funny way that the others laughed. The alligators evinced no intention of coming forward. They were moving about, seeming to scoop out resting places in the hot sand, on which the sun poured fierce rays.
So, when the words were all spoken, he too kneeled on one knee on the grass, and the two men looked at one another. 'Oh! said Riderhood, very deliberately spitting out the grass he had been chewing. 'Then, I make out, T'otherest, as he is a-going to her? 'He left London, answered Bradley, 'yesterday. I have hardly a doubt, this time, that at last he is going to her. 'You ain't sure, then?
He was younger and stronger than I was, and as I felt that I was growing weaker I called out loudly for help and shouted "Murder!" The landlord himself came running into the room; I succeeded in tearing myself away, from the grasp of my assailant, and the landlord felled him to the floor with a chair. He then ran to the door and called to a servant to bring a policeman. "No, don't!"
L. A. Abbott - Seven Wives and Seven Prisons; Or, Experiences in the Life of a Matrimonial Monomaniac. a True Story
The importers and manufacturers of arms scoured Europe to buy up worthless arms, and then cheated the Government out of millions of dollars in supplying those guns and other ordnance, all notoriously unfit for use.
They not infrequently play themselves out of everything they possess, leaving the game nearly, or quite, naked.
Newton H. (Newton Henry) Chittenden - Official Report of the Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands for the Government of British Columbia
She slid a look at him which might have meant nothing or meant much, so perfect its shy stolidity. "I was out," she said, "sitting to Miss Boyle." "So you have some work?" "It's finished now." "Then you're only getting the two shillings a day from Mr. Stone?" She nodded. "H'm!" The unexpected fervour of this grunt seemed to animate the little model.