'Tis they that be the sons of Aklis who sharpen the Sword of Events; yet live they in jollity, skimming from the profusion of abundance that which floateth! Now, marking him contemplative, one of the youths shouted, 'The King lacketh homage! And another called, 'Admittance for his people!
There was a soft, seething sound over the side as the ship slid gently along, accompanied by a constant iridescent gleam and flash of the tiny bubbles that slipped along the bends and vanished at last in the smooth, oil-like wake with its tiny whirlpools; and at frequent intervals a shoal of flying-fish would spark out from under the bows and go skimming and glittering away to port or starboard, like a shower of brand-new silver dollars hove broadcast by the hand of old Father Neptune himself.
We were the first to be admitted, with our order ready signed and personally delivered. As the officer handed over the package, Craig tore the wrapper off eagerly. Carton almost seized it from Kennedy, turning the pages, skimming over it, gloating like a veritable miser. It was the debacle of Dorgan the end of the man highest up! Much as we had accomplished, we had not found Betty Blackwell.
But his real intention, as you will perceive in a little while, was yet more diabolical. The bird ship stooped lower, just skimming the tops of strange trees, the most horrible vegetable forms that I have ever beheld. And then, without warning, we were seized and pushed overboard, while the vessel, making a broad swoop, quickly disappeared. Henry alone uttered a loud cry as we fell.
"The mighty peak of Kunchingunga is hardly more than two hundred miles toward the north, and Mount Everest, the highest point in the world, is within a hundred miles of that!" "But you're not going skimming around them!" cried the captain with some alarm. "I shall, if the sky continues in its present condition, go as far as Darjeeling," replied Cosmo.
We knew that sure eyes watched them from the reef; no lads' playing at the length of a watchdog's chain, kept more surely from the dog's teeth than those night-birds from the gun's range. Shots they fired wild, reckless shots, skimming the water, peppering the sky, whistling in the clear air above us.
Cameron turned to Patty, as his sister began to play, and in a moment they were dancing. "If we dance every night for twelve weeks," said Patty, "we ought to do fairly well together." "When I think of that, I'm entirely reconciled to staying here," returned Kit. "Poppycheek, you are a wonderful dancer! You're like a butterfly skimming over a cobweb!" "I don't dance a bit better than you do.
Cover it well with a thick cloth, and look at it frequently, skimming off whatever may float on the top, and basting the meat with the brine. In about a fortnight the beef will be fit for use. Tongues may be put into the same cask with the beef, one or two at a time, as you procure them from the butcher.
"Yes, he seems to be," said Frank; and he accompanied his companion as the latter strolled on now along the bank after finishing the distribution of bread to the feathered fowl by sending nearly a whole biscuit skimming and making ducks and drakes on the surface of the water; but the living ducks and drakes soon ended that performance and followed the pair in vain.
By-and-by we were in the island creek, and far ahead, in a streak of wind that didn't reach us, we could see a pointed sail skimming along between the banks, as if some ghost went before to show us the way; and when the first hush and mystery wore off, Mr. Gabriel was singing little French songs in tunes like the rise and fall of the tide. While he sang, he rowed, and Dan was gangeing the hooks.