Here is a ragged, oriental-looking Negro from some desert place in interior Africa, filling his goatskin with water from a stained and battered fountain built by the Romans twelve hundred years ago
All is purity and order in this once dreary room, for, fifteen years ago
, it was entered by a new presiding spirit.
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago
, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.
He who, a hundred years ago
, more or less, pronounced the above words in the uneasiness of his heart, thirsting for professional distinction, was a young naval officer.
One day, over a hundred years ago
, Ursula Townley was waiting for Kenneth MacNair in a great beechwood, where brown nuts were falling and an October wind was making the leaves dance on the ground like pixy-people.
Twenty years ago
to-night," said the man, "I dined here at 'Big Joe' Brady's with Jimmy Wells, my best chum, and the finest chap in the world.
the historians do not accuse him of that)- had not the same conception of the welfare of humanity fifty years ago
as a present-day professor who from his youth upwards has been occupied with learning: that is, with books and lectures and with taking notes from them.
The Mayas had a peculiar civilization of their own, thousands of years ago
, and their calendar system was so involved "
Yes, the Old Masters often drew badly; they did not care much for truth and exactness in minor details; but after all, in spite of bad drawing, bad perspective, bad proportions, and a choice of subjects which no longer appeal to people as strongly as they did three hundred years ago
, there is a SOMETHING about their pictures which is divine--a something which is above and beyond the art of any epoch since--a something which would be the despair of artists but that they never hope or expect to attain it, and therefore do not worry about it.
The odd superstitions touched upon were all preva- lent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story -- that is to say, thirty or forty years ago
Comparing the humped herds of whales with the humped herds of buffalo, which, not forty years ago
, overspread by tens of thousands the prairies of Illinois and Missouri, and shook their iron manes and scowled with their thunder-clotted brows upon the sites of populous river-capitals, where now the polite broker sells you land at a dollar an inch; in such a comparison an irresistible argument would seem furnished, to show that the hunted whale cannot now escape speedy extinction.
Yessir, it was over two years ago
dat I says teh my ol' man, I says, 'Dat Johnson girl ain't straight,' I says.