Curiosities [afterw.] Romance of modern travel (Google eBook)

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Page 175 - Many of the bulls, less active and less fleet than the cows, paying no attention to the ground, and occupied solely with the hunter, were precipitated to the earth with great force, rolling over and over with the violence of the shock, and hardly distinguishable in the dust. We separated on entering, each singling out his game. My horse was a trained hunter, famous in the west under the name of Proveau, and, with his eyes flashing, and the foam flying from his mouth, sprang on after the cow like...
Page 175 - I could see nothing, and the buffalo were not distinguishable until within thirty feet. They crowded together more densely still, as I came upon them, and rushed along in such a compact body that I could not obtain an entrance, the horse almost leaping upon them. " In a few moments the mass divided to the right and left, the horns clattering with a noise heard above everything else, and my horse darted into the opening.
Page 72 - All hands clear the ship for action, ahoy ! ' The drum and fife beat to quarters, bulkheads were knocked away, the guns were released from their confinement, the whole dread paraphernalia of battle was produced ; and, after the lapse of a few minutes of hurry and confusion, every man and boy was at his post ready to do his best service for his country, except the band, who, claiming exemption from the affray, safely stowed themselves away in the cable tier. We had only one sick man on the list ;...
Page 82 - We held him while the surgeon cut off his leg above the knee. The task was most painful to behold, the surgeon using his knife and saw on human flesh and bones, as freely as the butcher at the shambles does on the carcass of the beast!
Page 49 - When the icy ground is not covered by snow their hoofs often burst from the effect of the cold. The caravan is always surrounded by a thick cloud of vapour; it is not only living bodies which produce this effect, but even the snow smokes. These evaporations are instantly changed into millions of needles of ice, which fill the air, and cause a constant slight noise, resembling the sound of torn satin or thick silk.
Page 73 - We must fight her,' was the conviction of every breast. Every possible arrangement that could insure success was accordingly made. The guns were shotted, the matches lighted ; for, although our guns were all furnished with first-class locks, they were also furnished with matches, attached by lanyards, in case the lock should miss fire.
Page i - Tis pleasant, by the cheerful hearth, to hear Of tempests and the dangers of the deep, And pause at times, and feel that we are safe ; Then listen to the perilous tale again, And with an eager and suspended soul, Woo terror to delight us.
Page 142 - ... side of the channel, before us. The collisions were so tremendous, that large masses were every instant broken away, and it was evident, that the portion of ice which still divided the channel from the open ocean would soon be completely destroyed. Had we attempted to...
Page 75 - ... immediately thrown overboard. As I was stationed but a short distance from the main hatchway, I could catch a glance at all who were carried below. A glance was all I could indulge in, for the boys belonging to the guns next to mine were wounded in the early part of the action, and I had to spring with all my might to keep three or four guns supplied with cartridges. I saw two of these lads fall nearly together. One of them was struck in the leg by a large shot; he had to suffer amputation above...
Page 182 - They strove to force their way through apertures, in length 14 inches, and barely 6 inches in breadth, and in some instances, succeeded. The cries, the heat, I may say, without exaggeration, ' the smoke of their torment, which ascended, can be compared to nothing earthly. One of the Spaniards gave warning that the consequence would be many deaths...

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