"Let the Frenchman and all his host go to the devil, sir!" exclaimed the hasty veteran. "He is not yet master of William Henry, nor shall he ever be, provided Webb proves himself the man he should.
Each drew a chair, and while the veteran communed a few moments with his own thoughts, apparently in sadness, the youth suppressed his impatience in a look and attitude of respectful attention.
The veteran stood there, with his legs wide apart and his balance carefully adjusted, as if the dining-room had been a cabin, and the house a ship pitching in a sea-way.
She found her way to old Mazey, not by the scanty directions given her, but by the sound of the veteran's cracked and quavering voice, singing in some distant seclusion a verse of the immortal sea-song -- "Tom Bowling." Just as she stopped among the rambling stone passages on the basement story of the house, uncertain which way to turn next, she heard the tuneless old voice in the distance, singing these lines:
This, Captain Bonneville was assured by a veteran hunter in his company, was the great valley of the Seedske-dee; and the same informant would have fain persuaded him that a small stream, three feet deep, which he came to on the
The veteran warriors fight merely for the love of the thing, and the consequence which success gives them among their people.
This may explain the fact of his importance rapidly declining; and, if privacy was his object, the veteran
had soon a free indulgence of his wishes.
But the others scoffed in reply, and pointed to the veterans
on the flanks who were digging at the ground like terriers.
"It is good," the wary veteran
murmured, when he found that all his skill in the requisites of a brave could detect no blemish; "this is a leaping panther!
He turned quickly and went back, grasped the veteran
's hand, and spoke loudly in his ear:
"Thunder and lightning!" exclaimed the veteran
; "don't preach about weather to a man that has cruised in whirlwinds and tornadoes."
Canoes of this size are generally managed by eight or ten men, two of whom are picked veterans
, who receive double wages, and are stationed, one at the bow and the other at the stern, to keep a look-out and to steer.