Apollyon also entered heartily into the fun, and contrived to flirt the smoke and flame of the engine, or of his own breath, into their faces, and envelop them in an atmosphere of scalding steam.
Had the engine run off the track,--a catastrophe, it is whispered, by no means unprecedented,--the bottomless pit, if there be any such place, would undoubtedly have received us.
From the engine
room companionway came the engineer and stockers, and together we leaped after the balance of the crew and into the hand-to-hand fight that was covering the wet deck with red blood.
They listened with strained ears - the engine
continued to beat.
Captain Purnall rings up the engines
and keys down the governor on the switch before him.
No, I think of sinking this engine
in the earth alone, binding it with hoops of wrought iron, and finally surrounding it with a thick mass of masonry of stone and cement.
Already the engines
had ceased to throb, the period of unnatural quietness had commenced.
was manned by a driver and a stoker, and bore, by special favor, the Hon.
The long chimney running up beside an ash-tree, and the warmth which radiated from the spot, explained without the necessity of much daylight that here was the engine
which was to act as the PRIMUM MOBILE of this little world.
And once more the chorus of voices went on with 'The man that drives the engine
I wished the beast would exhaust itself, and not be insensible to fatigue like a steam engine
Numbers one, two, and five engines
have broken down, sir," he called.
I would be a better electrician with knowledge of steam engines
The rudder might have been gone for all he knew, the fires out, the engines
broken down, the ship ready to roll over like a corpse.
There was one man at the rudder, one to tend the engines
, and two burly police-inspectors forward.