"Yes, please do," answered the general, and he repeated the order that had already once been given in detail: "and tell the hussars that they are to cross last and to fire the bridge
as I ordered; and the inflammable material on the bridge
must be reinspected."
"But they can't prevent me from thinking that it would be more natural for us to cross the bridge
on foot, and let the train come after!"
On his return he had undertaken the bridge
at Moorlock, in Canada, the most important piece of bridge- building going on in the world,--a test, indeed, of how far the latest practice in bridge
structure could be carried.
Hardly had this generous officer gone a hundred yards towards Studzianka than General Eble wakened a number of his weary pontoniers, and began the work,--the charitable work of burning the bivouacs set up about the bridge
, and forcing the sleepers, thus dislodged, to cross the river.
"Come on, Beauty, what's the matter?" Of course I could not tell him, but I knew very well that the bridge
was not safe.
Suddenly and softly a living figure glided into view on the bridge
. It passed behind the black line of the parapet, in the last long rays of the western light.
I have been pressing my elbows on the arms of my chair, and dreaming that I was standing on the bridge
in front of Dorlcote Mill, as it looked one February afternoon many years ago.
The Doctor and all his animals were safe in the Land of the Monkeys and the bridge
was pulled across to the other side.
My second officer, Porfirio Johnson, was also often on the bridge
. He was a good officer, but a man for whom I had conceived a rather unreasoning aversion almost at the first moment of meeting him, an aversion which was not lessened by the knowledge which I subsequently gained that he looked upon my rapid promotion with jealousy.
Their appearance was not calculated to attract the importunate regards of such of London's destitute population, as chanced to take their way over the bridge
that night in search of some cold arch or doorless hovel wherein to lay their heads; they stood there in silence: neither speaking nor spoken to, by any one who passed.
Over this bridge
the Scoodlers led their prisoners, through the opening into the mountain, which they found to be an immense hollow dome lighted by several holes in the roof.
When Guph stumbled over the rocks in approaching the bridge
the creature opened its eyes, from which tiny flames shot in all directions, and after looking at the intruder very wickedly the scarlet alligator closed its eyelids again and lay still.