In the afternoon we entered the eastern mouth of the channel, and shortly afterwards found a snug little cove concealed by some surrounding islets.
As we proceeded along the Beagle Channel, the scenery assumed a peculiar and very magnificent character; but the effect was much lessened from the lowness of the point of view in a boat, and from looking along the valley, and thus losing all the beauty of a succession of ridges.
Many times in my life, standing in long sea-boots and streaming oilskins at the elbow of my commander on the poop of a homeward-bound ship making for the Channel
, and gazing ahead into the gray and tormented waste, I have heard a weary sigh shape itself into a studiously casual comment:
In vain, I searched for some sign of ancient commerce that, if history is to be believed, must have dotted the bosom of the Channel
with white sails and blackened the heavens with the smoke of countless funnels, but as far as eye could reach the tossing waters of the Channel
were empty and deserted.
The emperor concluded me to be drowned, and that the enemy's fleet was approaching in a hostile manner: but he was soon eased of his fears; for the channel
growing shallower every step I made, I came in a short time within hearing, and holding up the end of the cable, by which the fleet was fastened, I cried in a loud voice, "Long live the most puissant king of Lilliput
The island is separated from the African coast only by a channel
, the greatest width of which is but thirty miles.
Then Captain Jim told the story--an old, old forgotten story, for it was over fifty years since Margaret had fallen asleep one day in her father's dory and drifted--or so it was supposed, for nothing was ever certainly known as to her fate--out of the channel
, beyond the bar, to perish in the black thundersquall which had come up so suddenly that long-ago summer afternoon.
I set sail, cast off, took my place at the tiller, the sheet in my hand, and headed across channel
By multipying the means of gratification, by promoting the introduction and circulation of the precious metals, those darling objects of human avarice and enterprise, it serves to vivify and invigorate the channels
of industry, and to make them flow with greater activity and copiousness.
Often he had to cross and recross the rushing torrent, as it wound foaming and roaring down its broken channel
, or was walled by perpendicular precipices; and imminent was the hazard of breaking the legs of the horses in the clefts and fissures of slippery rocks.
Within the space of a mile from its outskirts every irregularity of the soil was prehistoric, every channel
an undisturbed British trackway; not a sod having been turned there since the days of the Caesars.
For this purpose, as early as 1796, the government sent out agents to establish rival trading houses on the frontier, so as to supply the wants of the Indians, to link their interests and feelings with those of the people of the United States, and to divert this important branch of trade into national channels