But, as respects the majority of my corps of veterans
, there will be no wrong done if I characterize them generally as a set of wearisome old souls, who had gathered nothing worth preservation from their varied experience of life.
But all this while Umslopogaas and the veterans
sat in their ranks upon the brow of the slope and watched.
legions of Rome were an overmatch for the undisciplined valor of all other nations and rendered her the mistress of the world.
Some were able-bodied, but inexpert; others were expert, but lazy; while a third class were expert and willing, but totally worn out, being broken-down veterans
, incapable of toil.
They were all men of mature age, mostly veterans
of about forty, and not one of them was under six feet in height, whilst many stood six feet three or four.
She handled the little ship like a veteran
, though few veterans
would have faced the menace of such a storm in so light a craft.
Our old friends Red Shandy, and John and James Flory led the first three companies, the remaining seven being under command of other seasoned veterans
of a thousand fights.
Graduates of the hardest of man-handling schools, veterans
of multitudes of rough-and-tumble battles, men of blood and sweat and endurance, they nevertheless lacked one thing that Daylight possessed in high degree--namely, an almost perfect brain and muscular coordination.
And they will place them under the command of experienced veterans
who will be their leaders and teachers?
Now was the time the --th had so long panted for, to show their comrades in arms that they could fight as well as the Peninsular veterans
, and that all the pluck and valour of the --th had not been killed by the West Indies and the yellow fever.
Further discourse, between these veterans
, was interrupted by a discordant yell, which burst at that moment from the lips of the dozen withered crones, who have already been mentioned as having forced themselves into a conspicuous part of the circle.
I suppose no woman could have been further in person, voice, and temperament from Dumas' appealing heroine than the veteran
actress who first acquainted me with her.