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And so saying, he seized the staff he had driven into the ground, and leaving one half of it fixed there, showed it to be a sheath that concealed a tolerably long rapier; and, what may he called its hilt being planted in the ground, he swiftly, coolly, and deliberately threw himself upon it, and in an instant the bloody point and half the steel blade appeared at his back, the unhappy man falling to the earth bathed in his blood, and transfixed by his own weapon.
Here he whirred the staff about his head by way of practice.
One of the staff called the attention of Than Kosis to the presence of my companion above them and the ruler motioned for him to descend.
Thus vice would be punished, virtue would prevail, and the staff of that department would live in peace together.
Meanwhile, the venerable stranger, staff in hand, was pursuing his solitary walk along the centre of the street.
Wickedness or not," said the traveller with the twisted staff, "I have a very general acquaintance here in New England.
In a few weeks the authorities received his resignation of the coveted position on the staff.
Ay, marry, that will I abide thy coming, and joyously, too," quoth the stranger; whereupon he leaned sturdily upon his staff to await Robin.
The staff captain, Kirsten, had twice been reduced to the ranks for affairs of honor and had twice regained his commission.
He squatted down in the center of the room and a little brown donkey ran and brought a big gold crown which it placed on the monarch's head, and a golden staff with a jeweled ball at the end of it, which the King held between his front hoofs as he sat upright.
This city, where the first university of the United States was founded, is justly celebrated for its astronomical staff.
His disciples, however, presented him at his departure with a staff, on the golden handle of which a serpent twined round the sun.