I was running blackbird
labour from the west South Pacific and the Coral Sea to the plantations of Hawaii and the nitrate mines of Chili--"
Presently the party, in full cry after an old blackbird
(who was evidently used to the thing and enjoyed the fun, for he would wait till they came close to him, and then fly on for forty yards or so, and, with an impudent flicker of his tail, dart into the depths of the quickset), came beating down a high double hedge, two on each side.
"That puppet yonder," thought Mother Rigby, still with her eyes fixed on the scarecrow, "is too good a piece of work to stand all summer in a corn-patch, frightening away the crows and blackbirds
. He's capable of better things.
It is this tribe of whose chief, the famous Wash-ing-guhsah-ba, or Blackbird
, such savage and romantic stories are told.
Poor little Blackbird
! If he had only kept his words to himself!
"No, he is far handsomer than old Blackbird
With this casting down of his gauntlet, Tim Linkinwater struck the desk such a blow with his clenched fist, that the old blackbird
tumbled off his perch with the start it gave him, and actually uttered a feeble croak, in the extremity of his astonishment.
"One of my spies, who is a Blackbird
, flew over the desert to the Land of Oz, and saw the Magic Belt in Ozma's palace," replied the King with a groan.
I found that the sparrow uttered none but harsh notes, whilst those of the blackbird
and thrush were sweet and enticing.
My father used to say to me, whenever we heard that tune, "Ah, lad, I come from over the hills and far away." There's a many tunes I don't make head or tail of; but that speaks to me like the blackbird
Featherstone was still applauding the last performance, and assuring missy that her voice was as clear as a blackbird
's, when Mr.
Peter became very clever at helping the birds to build their nests; soon he could build better than a wood-pigeon, and nearly as well as a blackbird
, though never did he satisfy the finches, and he made nice little water-troughs near the nests and dug up worms for the young ones with his fingers.
And Captain Van Horn, who ruled the Arangi in bare legs, a loin cloth, and a sixpenny under-shirt, and ran cannibal blacks back and forth in the blackbird
trade with an automatic strapped to his body waking and sleeping and with his head forfeit in scores of salt- water villages and bush strongholds, and who was esteemed the toughest skipper in the Solomons where only men who are tough may continue to live and esteem toughness, blinked with sudden moisture in his eyes, and could not see for the moment the puppy that quivered all its body of love in his arms and kissed away the salty softness of his eyes.
I haven't seen a prettier picture for some time than she made of herself this morning, up to the elbows in suds, singing like a blackbird
whilst she scrubbed on the back stoop."
Suddenly some one passed below, whistling like an operatic blackbird
, and a voice called out, "All serene!