Several days passed after the visit of Big Alec, during which Charley and I kept a sharp watch on him.
There were two men in it, and though it was a good mile away, I made out one of them to be Big Alec; and ere the skiff returned to shore I made out enough more to know that the Greek had set his line.
So he sent a boy to Big Klaus to borrow a bushel measure from him.
'Now what can he want with it?' thought Big Klaus; and he smeared some tar at the bottom, so that of whatever was measured a little should remain in it.
"I shall return and attempt to lead the Big Bwana to the west."
He had no desire to follow this strange white man who was afraid at night; he had less to remain at the tender mercies of the Big Bwana's lusty warriors, between whom and his people there was long-standing blood feud; and he was more than delighted, into the bargain, for a legitimate excuse for deserting his much hated Swede master.
He put it in a big
pile, in a grass house, with guards to watch it day and night.
His scope had been rigidly limited, yet whatever he saw, he saw big. His mind was orderly, his imagination practical, and he never dreamed idly.
As he would stake his last ounce on a good poker hand, so he staked his life and effort on the hunch that the future held in store a big strike on the Upper River.
Then inch by inch out of the grass rose up the head and spread hood of Nag, the big
black cobra, and he was five feet long from tongue to tail.
Under one arm he carried a huge chapeau-de-bras, and under the other a fiddle nearly five times as big
So the big
bird flew into the air and over the water till she came to where the Scarecrow was perched upon his pole.
"And that," said Mary with solemn delight, pointing under a big
lilac bush, "is where he perched on the little heap of earth and showed me the key."
And when she came up she said they had struck a rock; there was a big
hole in the bottom of the ship; the water was coming in; and they were sinking fast.
On the contrary, he was fond of long talks and long smokings, and evidently was proud of his new friend, the bald-headed chief, and took a pleasure in sounding his praises, and setting forth the power and glory of the Big
Hearts of the East.