The loss of those Winchesters and all that ammunition
has hit him harder than your cuffing did.
Meriem seized the receptacle as the possible container of extra ammunition. Quickly she loosed the cords that held the canvas covering about the box, and a moment later had raised the lid and was rummaging through the heterogeneous accumulation of odds and ends within.
Meriem was baffled by the puzzle that her search for ammunition had revealed.
"Shouldn't have fired, Sinclair," he said; "can't waste ammunition." But there was no note of censure in his tone.
"Can't waste ammunition." Then he walked quickly to where Tippet lay sprawled upon his face.
"Where am I going?" he suddenly asked himself when he was already near the green ammunition wagons.
When he came to himself he was sitting on the ground leaning on his hands; the ammunition wagons he had been approaching no longer existed, only charred green boards and rags littered the scorched grass, and a horse, dangling fragments of its shaft behind it, galloped past, while another horse lay, like Pierre, on the ground, uttering prolonged and piercing cries.
I confess I had not entertained any notion of my ammunition
being destroyed at one blast - I mean my powder being blown up by lightning; and this made the thoughts of it so surprising to me, when it lightened and thundered, as I observed just now.
At the same time I stepped from behind my boul-der, drawing one of my revolvers that I might conserve the more precious ammunition
of the express rifle.
It is as though they but utilized the race as playthings, with which they satisfy their ferocious lust for fighting; and from whom they collect toll in arms and ammunition
and in prisoners."
If he is a friend and no enemy, then no harm has been done, bwana; but if he proves to be an enemy, I should like very much to have a rifle and some ammunition."
"You have done well," replied the white man, "and you shall have the rifle and ammunition whether he be a friend or enemy, provided that you stand with me."
"If you will take me to Barunda's uncle before Muda Saffir reaches him you shall each have the finest rifles that the white man makes, with ammunition
enough to last you a year.
Returned to the Solomons by the Australian government, he had recruited on Buli Plantation for the purpose--as was afterwards proved--of getting arms and ammunition
. For an attempt to kill the manager he had received fifty lashes at Tulagi and served a year.
It might have seemed to him a waste of pomp and ammunition
to kill a bug with a battery of artillery, but there seemed nothing incon- gruous about the getting up such an expensive thunder- storm as this to knock the turf from under an insect like himself.