From the deafening sounds of his own guns
around him, the whistle and thud of the enemy's cannon balls, from the flushed and perspiring faces of the crew bustling round the guns
, from the sight of the blood of men and horses, from the little puffs of smoke on the enemy's side (always followed by a ball flying past and striking the earth, a man, a gun
, a horse), from the sight of all these things a fantastic world of his own had taken possession of his brain and at that moment afforded him pleasure.
The estimation in which these gentlemen were held, according to one of the most scientific exponents of the Gun
Club, was "proportional to the masses of their guns
, and in the direct ratio of the square of the distances attained by their projectiles."
There was a regular beat of hoofs in the darkness, and a big troop-horse cantered up as steadily as though he were on parade, jumped a gun
tail, and landed close to the mule.
Not only that, but it flashed into my mind at the same moment that the round-shot and the powder for the gun
had been left behind, and a stroke with an axe would put it all into the possession of the evil ones abroad.
According to the advice forwarded from the members of the Observatory, the gun
destined to launch the projectile had to be fixed in a country situated between the 0 and 28th degrees of north or south latitude, in order to aim at the moon when at the zenith; and its initiatory velocity was fixed at twelve thousand yards to the second.
Levin could not help feeling an interest in the direction his gun
was pointed, after that casual shot near the Kolpensky marsh.
Maxims have been absolutely useless against their armour; the field guns
have been disabled by them.
My companion appeared actually frightened, and I could hardly credit my senses when I saw him suddenly throw his gun
to his shoulder and fire both barrels at the agitated grain!
"But it is not a gun
for powder," answered the Captain.
But hard upon that came the desperate attempt of a party of young clubmen from New York, who, inspired by patriotic and adventurous imaginations, slipped off in half a dozen motor-cars to Beacon Hill, and set to work with remarkable vigour to improvise a fort about the Doan swivel gun
that had been placed there.
"And here," said the Ingenious Patriot, pulling another paper from another pocket, "are the working plans of a gun
that I have invented, which will pierce that armour.
The men took their guns
along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall.