To return to the course of the Nile: its waters
, after the first rise, run to the eastward for about a musket-shot, then turning to the north, continue hidden in the grass and weeds for about a quarter of a league, and discover themselves for the first time among some rocks--a sight not to be enjoyed without some pleasure by those who have read the fabulous accounts of this stream delivered by the ancients, and the vain conjectures and reasonings which have been formed upon its original, the nature of its water
, its cataracts, and its inundations, all which we are now entirely acquainted with and eye-witnesses of.
The surrounding hills rise abruptly from the water
to the height of forty to eighty feet, though on the southeast and east they attain to about one hundred and one hundred and fifty feet respectively, within a quarter and a third of a mile.
Although there will always be a struggle for life between the individuals of the species, however few, already occupying any pond, yet as the number of kinds is small, compared with those on the land, the competition will probably be less severe between aquatic than between terrestrial species; consequently an intruder from the waters
of a foreign country, would have a better chance of seizing on a place, than in the case of terrestrial colonists.
As the last utan was filing past us the waters
had risen until they surged about our necks, but we clasped hands and stood our ground until the last man had passed to the comparative safety of the new passageway.
, I am sorry to say it, had for some time contracted an intimacy with the above-mentioned ensign, which did no great credit to her reputation.
On entering the harbour, a perfectly horizontal white band, in the face of the sea cliff, may be seen running for some miles along the coast, and at the height of about forty-five feet above the water
. Upon examination this white stratum is found to consist of calcareous matter with numerous shells embedded, most or all of which now exist on the neighbouring coast.
It is the habit of the shrimp to crawl along the bottom in vast armies till it reaches fresh water
, when it turns about and crawls back again to the salt.
Our hotel sits at the water
's edge--at least its front garden does--and we walk among the shrubbery and smoke at twilight; we look afar off at Switzerland and the Alps, and feel an indolent willingness to look no closer; we go down the steps and swim in the lake; we take a shapely little boat and sail abroad among the reflections of the stars; lie on the thwarts and listen to the distant laughter, the singing, the soft melody of flutes and guitars that comes floating across the water
from pleasuring gondolas; we close the evening with exasperating billiards on one of those same old execrable tables.
I watched the water
rise until the little deck I stood on was awash, and then I clambered once more to the top of the conning-tower.
tasted like a solution of a dozen disagreeable things, and was sufficiently nauseous to have made the fortune of the proprietor, had the spa been situated in the midst of any civilized community.
The light suddenly changed its direction, and a long and slightly built boat hove up out of the gloom, while the red glare fell on the weather-beaten features of the Leather-Stocking, whose tall person was seen erect in the frail vessel, wielding, with the grace of an experienced boatman, a long fishing-spear, which he held by its centre, first dropping one end and then the other into the water
, to aid in propelling the little canoe of bark, we will not say through, but over, the water
At sight of these strange, swift, and terrible creatures the crowd near the water
's edge seemed to me to be for a moment horror-struck.
I had been dreaming that I was bathing in a running stream, with green banks and trees upon them, and I awoke to find myself in this arid wilderness, and to remember, as Umbopa had said, that if we did not find water
this day we must perish miserably.
'I know what would,' said the little old man; 'it is the Water
Next morning they pushed the raft into the water
and all got aboard.