It was not till she had passed on nearly to Tofton that she could get the boat clear of the current
. Then with one yearning look toward her uncle Deane's house that lay farther down the river, she took to both her oars and rowed with all her might across the watery fields, back toward the Mill.
It was too late, however, to turn back, for the current
that carried her toward the ship was much too strong for her muscles.
The whooping went on, and in about a minute I come a-booming down on a cut bank with smoky ghosts of big trees on it, and the current
throwed me off to the left and shot by, amongst a lot of snags that fairly roared, the currrent was tearing by them so swift.
Behind her she saw the prahu turn back up stream, but now her mind was suddenly engaged with a new danger, for the girl realized that the strong current
was bearing her down stream more rapidly than she had imagined.
In the awful stench of these frightful charnel isles haggard maniacs screamed and gibbered and fought among the torn remnants of their grisly feasts; while on those which contained but clean-picked bones they battled with one another, the weaker furnishing sustenance for the stronger; or with clawlike hands clutched at the bloated bodies that drifted down with the current
Sometimes they would float all night with the current
; one keeping watch and steering while the rest slept.
continued to be strong; but it was steady, and though they met with frequent rapids, none of them were bad.
My first attempt satisfied me that there was no reasonable hope, burdened as I now was, of breasting the strong current
running toward the mid-river from either bank.
They knew it was a great fish, because it pulled so hard on the line that it dragged the raft forward even faster than the current
of the river had carried it.
The third day, in the morning, the wind having abated overnight, the sea was calm, and I ventured: but I am a warning to all rash and ignorant pilots; for no sooner was I come to the point, when I was not even my boat's length from the shore, but I found myself in a great depth of water, and a current
like the sluice of a mill; it carried my boat along with it with such violence that all I could do could not keep her so much as on the edge of it; but I found it hurried me farther and farther out from the eddy, which was on my left hand.
You see, sir," he went on, "if once we dropped to leeward of the landing-place, it's hard to say where we should get ashore, besides the chance of being boarded by the gigs; whereas, the way we go the current
must slacken, and then we can dodge back along the shore."
Out in the centre of the slough there was a slight current
, and in our excitement we failed to notice that it was drifting us into the river.
Then sleep overpowered me, and I stretched myself on my couch of zostera, and slept profoundly, whilst the Nautilus was gliding rapidly through the current
of the Black River.
"There is a heavy current
setting to the westward."
They double the Cape.--The Forecastle.--A Course of Cosmography by Professor Joe.--Concerning the Method of guiding Balloons.--How to seek out Atmospheric Currents