Five were at the paddles, while the sixth sat in the seat of honor.
The noise of their own paddles drowned the sound of mine, but in another instant the growing light ahead would reveal me to them.
In a frenzy of despair, I bent to the grandfather of all paddles
in a hopeless effort to escape, and still the copper giant behind me gained and gained.
Came the sound of paddles, and, next, emerging into the lantern's area of light, the high, black bow of a war canoe, curved like a gondola, inlaid with silvery-glistening mother-of-pearl; the long lean length of the canoe which was without outrigger; the shining eyes and the black-shining bodies of the stark blacks who knelt in the bottom and paddled; Ishikola, the old chief, squatting amidships and not paddling, an unlighted, empty-bowled, short-stemmed clay pipe upside-down between his toothless gums; and, in the stern, as coxswain, the dandy, all nakedness of blackness, all whiteness of decoration, save for the pig's tail in one ear and the scarlet hibiscus that still flamed over the other ear.
He crouched low and listened to the wash of paddles fade away in the distance.
The old man did not touch the paddle
, and he was unregardless of the lofty-sided steamer as the canoe slipped down the length of it into the darkness astern.
She was in the main grip of the current; the canoe was too large; the paddle
was too inadequate; and too much of her time and strength was wasted in bailing.
The steersman, pointing with his paddle, said, "Arsat is there.
She was kneeling forward looking at me, and I said, 'Take your paddle,' while I struck the water with mine.
The next day I sailed to another island, and thence to a third and fourth, sometimes using my sail, and sometimes my paddles
So he went on with winged feet till he came to the shores of a great lake, with a lovely island in the middle of it; while on the bank of the lake was a canoe of glittering stone, and in the canoe were two shining paddles
Such a leak could not be stopped; and the Scotia, her paddles
half submerged, was obliged to continue her course.
The massive walking-beam rose and fell above the deck; at one end a piston-rod worked up and down; and at the other was a connecting-rod which, in changing the rectilinear motion to a circular one, was directly connected with the shaft of the paddles
But now that you have killed all my warriors, I do not know that even I can leave your country, for there will be none to wield the paddles
, and without paddlers we cannot cross the water.
Each stroke of those slender paddles
was driving her farther and farther from friends, or the possibility of rescue.