Immense clouds of white smoke had been pouring over the summit of the mountain, and had concealed the approach and ravages of the element; but a crackling sound drew the eyes of Miss Temple, as she flew over the ground supported by the young man, toward the outline of smoke where she already perceived the waving flames
shooting forward from the vapor, now flaring high in the air, and then bending to the earth, seeming to light into combustion every stick and shrub on which they breathed.
how now, my brave and spirited friend, shall we yet mount and push across the flames
, or shall we stand here, and see those we most love perish in this frightful manner, without an effort?"
"Knowest thou, Mopo," said the king, "that as my mother died yonder in the flames
of thy kraal she cried out strange and terrible words which came to my ears through the singing of the fire.
So, through long halls of many-colored fire, they led her to a Spirit fairer than the rest, whose crown of flames
waved to and fro like golden plumes, while, underneath her violet robe, the light within her breast glowed bright and strong.
At one time the flames
died down somewhat, and I feared the foul creatures would presently be able to see me.
As the flames
gained headway it became apparent to Tarzan that whatever had caused the explosion had scattered some highly inflammable substance upon the surrounding woodwork, for the water which they poured in from the pump seemed rather to spread than to extinguish the blaze.
``Savage warrior,'' said Rebecca, ``rather will I perish in the flames
than accept safety from thee!''
And at last, when the raiders assembled after glutting their fury and their avarice, and rode away with her toward the north, she saw the smoke and the flames
rising far into the heavens until the winding of the trail into the thick forests hid the sad view from her eyes.
It had never been given me to see such deadly accuracy of aim, and it seemed as though a little figure on one of the craft dropped at the explosion of each bullet, while the banners and upper works dissolved in spurts of flame
as the irresistible projectiles of our warriors mowed through them.
Here they found all the plains and valleys wrapped in one vast conflagration; which swept over the long grass in billows of flame
, shot up every bush and tree, rose in great columns from the groves, and set up clouds of smoke that darkened the atmosphere.
All night, no one had essayed to quench the flames
, or stop their progress; but now a body of soldiers were actively engaged in pulling down two old wooden houses, which were every moment in danger of taking fire, and which could scarcely fail, if they were left to burn, to extend the conflagration immensely.
One of its sides had fallen in, another was on fire, and bright flames
issued from the openings of the windows and from under the roof.