These experiences were very memorable and valuable to me -- anchored in forty feet of water
, and twenty or thirty rods from the shore, surrounded sometimes by thousands of small perch and shiners, dimpling the surface with their tails in the moonlight, and communicating by a long flaxen line with mysterious nocturnal fishes which had their dwelling forty feet below, or sometimes dragging sixty feet of line about the pond as I drifted in the gentle night breeze, now and then feeling a slight vibration along it, indicative of some life prowling about its extremity, of dull uncertain blundering purpose there, and slow to make up its mind.
Although there will always be a struggle for life between the individuals of the species, however few, already occupying any pond, yet as the number of kinds is small, compared with those on the land, the competition will probably be less severe between aquatic than between terrestrial species; consequently an intruder from the waters
of a foreign country, would have a better chance of seizing on a place, than in the case of terrestrial colonists.
As the last utan was filing past us the waters
had risen until they surged about our necks, but we clasped hands and stood our ground until the last man had passed to the comparative safety of the new passageway.
, I am sorry to say it, had for some time contracted an intimacy with the above-mentioned ensign, which did no great credit to her reputation.
The black rocks afford a most striking contrast with the bright green vegetation, which follows the banks of a little stream of clear water
It then waters
the kingdoms of Amhara, Olaca, Choaa, and Damot, which lie on the left side, and the kingdom of Goiama, which it bounds on the right, forming by its windings a kind of peninsula.
While waiting for slack water
, in which to lift their heavy nets from the bed of the bay, the Chinese had all gone to sleep below.
Our hotel sits at the water
's edge--at least its front garden does--and we walk among the shrubbery and smoke at twilight; we look afar off at Switzerland and the Alps, and feel an indolent willingness to look no closer; we go down the steps and swim in the lake; we take a shapely little boat and sail abroad among the reflections of the stars; lie on the thwarts and listen to the distant laughter, the singing, the soft melody of flutes and guitars that comes floating across the water
from pleasuring gondolas; we close the evening with exasperating billiards on one of those same old execrable tables.
grew suddenly lighter, and my spirits rose accordingly.
As I am no chemist, I cannot give a scientific analysis of the water
It was soon evident that the latter was nothing but the reflection, from the water
, of the former, and that the object, whatever it might be, was advancing across, or rather over the lake, for it seemed to be several feet above its surface, in a direct line with themselves.
You are a fool," I said angrily to Ventvogel; "there is no water
I know what would,' said the little old man; 'it is the Water
was all slippy- sloppy in the larder and in the back passage.
Then a hoarse murmur and a movement of feet--a splashing from the water