"The canvas is all clewed up or reefed, whatever they call it, so we won't have it flappin' around after the ship gets under way. Say the word, Boss, an' leave the rest to me." "But nothing has been said as to what port we're meaning to strike out for," observed Jack, "and that's a matter of considerable importance.
Suddenly, one of those unaccountable alarms which strike a multitude with panic fell upon the dense crowd: they cry out, they rush on headlong; the weaker ones fall, and the frightened crowd tramples them down in its convulsive struggles.
The rest were to land on the south side of the Tennessee, where Missionary Ridge would strike it if prolonged, and a sufficient number of men to man the boats were to push to the north side to ferry over the main body of Sherman's command while those left on the south side intrenched themselves.
As they stood on the shore, shivering in the cool night wind, they heard the bells strike over the water. "It's two o'clock," said Bradley, counting. "Well, we can do nothing, and they cannot mean to do much to-night," Albert said. "We had better get some more sleep, and, Bradley, you keep watch and tell us as soon as day breaks." "Aye, aye, sir," said the sailor.
With each of the two commanders-in-chief there were associated on the Italian side six, on the Roman side five, lieutenant-commanders, each of whom conducted the attack or defence in a definite district, while the consular armies were destined to act more freely and to strike the decisive blow.
Then he said, "All right! she's a puttin' in again, lickety-switch! Good watch, that." Then he set it "by guess." Then he was returning it to his pocket, when a new thought seemed to strike him. "What do ye do for a watch-pocket, Frank? Gov'ment don't provide watch-pockets, seems." "I made one for myself," said Frank. "Sho now! ye didn't, though did ye? What with?"
Oh, I thank God for those words! He saw reason to strike, and his hand did not spare; but his love shed tears for them! and he is just the same now." Some drops fell from Alice's eyes, not sorrowful ones; Ellen had hid her face. 'Let us never doubt His love, dear Ellie, and surely then we can bear whatever that love may bring upon us. I do trust it.
"So large a sum! I do not own that much." "Then pay me twelve; but it must be in advance, before I strike the blow." "I will pay you immediately, before leaving." "Give me your hand, Julio; it is a bargain. Now tell me exactly what you or your master requires of me." "Not my master: I alone." "It is all the same. What am I to do, and when is it to be done?" "This very night, Bufferio." "To-night?
"Lads," he said, ready to cajole or strike as need be, but never quailing for an instant, "I've thought it out. There's a Jonah aboard." "Ay," they snarled, "a man wi' a hook." "No, lads, no, it's the girl. Never was luck on a pirate ship wi' a woman on board. We'll right the ship when she's gone." Some of them remembered that this had been a saying of Flint's.
"`Hope I haven't hurt 'ee, Sampy? said I. "`Aw dear! aw dear! aw, my dear! was all that poor Sampy could reply. "`Let us go up, my son, said I, `and we'll strike a light. "So up we went to the next level, where I got hold of the poor lad's candle and lighted it. "`Aw, my dear! said Sampy, looking at his fingers with a rueful countenance; `thee have scat 'em all in jowds."