This brought the lecturer to the great ladder of animal life, beginning low down in molluscs and feeble sea creatures, then up rung by rung through reptiles and fishes, till at last we came to a kangaroo-rat, a creature which brought forth its young alive, the direct ancestor of all mammals, and presumably, therefore, of everyone in the audience.
Having thus, amid a general titter, played very prettily with his interrupter, the lecturer went back to his picture of the past, the drying of the seas, the emergence of the sand-bank, the sluggish, viscous life which lay upon their margins, the overcrowded lagoons, the tendency of the sea creatures to take refuge upon the mud-flats, the abundance of food awaiting them, their consequent enormous growth.
Whatever path the lecturer took amid the wilds of the past seemed invariably to lead him to some assertion as to extinct or prehistoric life which instantly brought the same bulls' bellow from the Professor.
What is the particular point upon which I, as an original investigator, have challenged our lecturer's accuracy?
The lecturer was a clergyman, and his audience must be also his flock, for they held prayer-books as well as guide-books in their hands.
Soon the lecturer could be heard in the next chapel, describing the life of St.
He watched the lecturer, whose success he believed he had impaired, and then he anxiously watched his son.