Long stood Sir Bedivere thinking of all that had come and gone, watching the barge
as it glided silently away, and listening to the wailing voices,
At last they cleared the dread Fifty Mile River and came out on Lake Le Barge
. Here was no open water nor jammed ice.
By the fourth day, the hundred boats had increased to three hundred, and the two thousand argonauts on board knew that the great gale heralded the freeze-up of Le Barge
. Beyond, the rapid rivers would continue to run for days, but unless they got beyond, and immediately, they were doomed to be frozen in for six months to come.
Over the rapids, where in after years trim Bell Weir lock will stand, they have been forced or dragged by their sturdy rowers, and now are crowding up as near as they dare come to the great covered barges
, which lie in readiness to bear King John to where the fateful Charter waits his signing.
An eddy carried his scent to the barge
, and three villages heard the crash of music that followed.
The very fire that warmed you when you were a babby, was picked out of the river alongside the coal barges
. The very basket that you slept in, the tide washed ashore.
In a very few moments it was necessary for Elaine to scramble to her feet, pick up her cloth of gold coverlet and pall of blackest samite and gaze blankly at a big crack in the bottom of her barge
through which the water was literally pouring.
, sailing colliers, and coasting traders, there were perhaps as many as now; but, of steam-ships, great and small, not a tithe or a twentieth part so many.
At first it came dribbling in by rail in trucks, till the thaw set in; and then fast, in a multitude of barges
, with a great rush of unbound waters.
At the moment he reached the little port of Pirial, five large barges
, laden with stone, were leaving it.
We shot past the long lines of loaded barges
as though they were stationary.
A wide stream flowed through the garden, and on it floated richly ornamented barges
and gondolas filled with people dressed in the most elegant manner and covered with jewels.