Ashton, with twenty-five men, pursued, and overtook the savages, and a smart fight ensued, which lasted two hours; but they being superior in number, obliged Captain Ashton's party to retreat, with the loss of eight killed, and four mortally wounded; their brave commander
himself being numbered among the dead.
Farragut would not lose a day nor an hour in scouring the seas in which the animal had been sighted.
That is the time, after your Departure is taken, when the spirit of your commander communes with you in a muffled voice, as if from the sanctum sanctorum of a temple; because, call her a temple or a "hell afloat" - as some ships have been called - the captain's state-room is surely the august place in every vessel.
Then is the spirit of the ship's commander stirred strongly again.
Some commanders of ships take their Departure from the home coast sadly, in a spirit of grief and discontent.
Why, you see, commander," says Phil, "I ain't acquainted with anythink else, and I doubt if I ain't a-getting too old to take to novelties.
While drinking it, he says, "It was after the case-filling blow-up when I first see you, commander.
I didn't say much to you, commander, then, for I was took by surprise that a person so strong and healthy and bold as you was should stop to speak to such a limping bag of bones as I was.
Without a word Aramis then raised his hand to the eyes of the commander
and showed him the collet of a ring he wore on the ring-finger of his left hand.
On the evening of the last day's march an order had been received that the commander in chief would inspect the regiment on the march.
The commander of the regiment was an elderly, choleric, stout, and thick-set general with grizzled eyebrows and whiskers, and wider from chest to back than across the shoulders.
He reins up within a respectful distance of the corps commander and salutes.
The commander speaks to his bugler, who claps his instrument to his lips.
On one side were those who admitted the fall of the projectile, and consequently the return of the travelers; on the other, those who believed in the observations of Long's Peak, concluded that the commander
of the Susquehanna had made a mistake.
Arriving at Rotterdam, I succeeded in finding the commander
of the Wednesday's steamer.