All the guns
, without waiting for orders, were being fired in the direction of the conflagration.
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."
They had the men, impatient and urgent, who would use the guns
. They knew the traders who would sell and deliver the guns
I heard a chain dragging along the ground, and a yoke of the great sulky white bullocks that drag the heavy siege guns
when the elephants won't go any nearer to the firing, came shouldering along together.
"They could never get the gun
ashore, and if they did, they could never haul it through the woods."
"Now, gentlemen," said Levin, pulling up his boots and examining the lock of his gun
with rather a gloomy expression, "do you see those reeds?" He pointed to an oasis of blackish green in the huge half-mown wet meadow that stretched along the right bank of the river.
"They come from Molesey and Weybridge and Walton, and they say there's been guns
heard at Chertsey, heavy firing, and that mounted soldiers have told them to get off at once because the Martians are coming.
The next morning the ship stood in for the third time, and fired three signal guns
, but with little hope of reply.
But, if I am forced to admit the Rouquayrol and Ruhmkorff apparatus, I must be allowed some reservations with regard to the gun
I am to carry."
And then suddenly, into a world peacefully busied for the most part upon armaments and the perfection of explosives, war came; came the shock of realising that the guns
were going off, that the masses of inflammable material all over the world were at last ablaze.
Sich another hurryin' up guns
en hosses YOU never see!
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.