Some London houses have a melancholy little plot of ground behind them, usually fenced in by four high whitewashed walls, and frowned upon by stacks
of chimneys: in which there withers on, from year to year, a crippled tree, that makes a show of putting forth a few leaves late in autumn when other trees shed theirs, and, drooping in the effort, lingers on, all crackled and smoke-dried, till the following season, when it repeats the same process, and perhaps, if the weather be particularly genial, even tempts some rheumatic sparrow to chirrup in its branches.
Sometimes a roughly-built sawmill appears in a picturesque position, with its stacks
of long pine trunks with the bark peeled off, and its mill stream, brought from the bed of the torrent in great square wooden pipes, with masses of dripping filament issuing from every crack.
Solid, heavy stacks
of paper filled all the corners half-way up to the ceiling.
Smith, alone amongst his stacks
with this apparition, in the stormy twilight ringing with the infuriated barking of the dog, felt the dread of an inexplicable strangeness.
Are you the boy whom I saw playing in the stacks
Two or three mighty stacks
of chimneys, and a few large dark rooms which had escaped being walled and subdivided out of the recognition of their old proportions, gave the Yard a character.
Jostling with unemployed labourers of the lowest class, ballast-heavers, coal-whippers, brazen women, ragged children, and the raff and refuse of the river, he makes his way with difficulty along, assailed by offensive sights and smells from the narrow alleys which branch off on the right and left, and deafened by the clash of ponderous waggons that bear great piles of merchandise from the stacks
of warehouses that rise from every corner.
You better get behind the stack
where he don't see you.
Sometimes a stack
of people would come there, horseback, from ten or fifteen mile around, and stay five or six days, and have such junketings round about and on the river, and dances and picnics in the woods daytimes, and balls at the house nights.
The result of that conference was, that Gabelle again withdrew himself to his housetop behind his stack
of chimneys; this time resolved, if his door were broken in (he was a small Southern man of retaliative temperament), to pitch himself head foremost over the parapet, and crush a man or two below.
The chimney stack
stood up above the roof like a little stone tower, and the daylight shone down from the top, under the slanting slates that kept out the rain.
In another second it had lifted a bar of white aluminium into sight, untarnished as yet, and shining dazzlingly, and deposited it in a growing stack
of bars that stood at the side of the pit.
Disko worked all hands mercilessly for the next three or four days; and when they could not go out, turned them into the hold to stack
the ship's stores into smaller compass, to make more room for the fish.
Against the twilight rises the trapezoidal top of the stack
, which has stood forlornly here through the washing and bleaching of the wintry weather.
Tell him that Rupert Morrison rang up to ask what he was to do with all this great stack
of music that's arrived.