The first of these peculiarities was brought home to the Germans in their attack
upon New York; the immense power of destruction an airship has over the thing below, and its relative inability to occupy or police or guard or garrison a surrendered position.
Out of a series of observations of the thing, in which it had threatened, always in the same way, a series of attacks
, he had found that it had not hurt him nor come in contact with him at all.
Pickwick, though able to sustain a very considerable amount of exertion and fatigue, was not proof against such a combination of attacks
as he had undergone on the memorable night, recorded in the last chapter.
Mahomet began the attack
with only ten horsemen, against whom as many Portuguese were detached, who fired with so much exactness, that nine of the Moors fell, and the tenth with great difficulty made his escape.
And to make this quite clear I say that I consider those who are able to support themselves by their own resources who can, either by abundance of men or money, raise a sufficient army to join battle against any one who comes to attack
them; and I consider those always to have need of others who cannot show themselves against the enemy in the field, but are forced to defend themselves by sheltering behind walls.
Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces; the next in order is to attack
the enemy's army in the field; and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.
Departure for the rendezvous A war party of Blackfeet A mock bustle Sham fires at night Warlike precautions Dangers of a night attack
A panic among horses Cautious march The Beer Springs A mock carousel Skirmishing with buffaloes A buffalo bait Arrival at the rendezvous Meeting of various bands
It looked so furious and so intent on attack
that he called a warning.
A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack
it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack
upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws.
And suppose that they were to attack
the upper part of the balloon, what would you do?
At that instant, too, a messenger arrived to say that the left attack
had been repulsed; and I was just beginning to congratulate myself, believing that the affair was over for the present, when, to our horror, we perceived our men who had been engaged in the right defence being driven towards us across the plain, followed by swarms of the enemy, who had evidently succeeded at this point.
The building of a bed, chairs, table, and shelves was a relatively easy matter, so that by the end of the second month they were well settled, and, but for the constant dread of attack
by wild beasts and the ever growing loneliness, they were not uncomfortable or unhappy.
It can't be an attack
, for they are not moving; it can't be a square- for they are not drawn up for that.
He was always keyed up, alert for attack
, wary of being attacked
, with an eye for sudden and unexpected missiles, prepared to act precipitately and coolly, to leap in with a flash of teeth, or to leap away with a menacing snarl.
The wounded Lion rushed away in great fear, and when a Fox who had seen it all happen told him to be of good courage and not to back off at the first attack
he replied: "You counsel me in vain; for if he sends so fearful a messenger, how shall I abide the attack
of the man himself?