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Falling down the river a little further, they came in sight of the second band, and sheered to the opposite side, with the intention of passing them.
The Adjutant half turned his head, sheered a little in the direction of the voice, and landed stiffly on the sand-bar below the bridge.
They looked from afar at isolated cottages and little inns, and were inclined to approach one of the latter, when their hearts failed them, and they sheered off.
The air-patrol boat sheered off, passing again upon its way.