With the high plain that there interposed itself to the further passage of the water
, commenced a portage of as many miles, which conducted the adventurer to the banks of the Hudson, at a point where, with the usual obstructions of the rapids, or rifts, as they were then termed in the language of the country, the river became navigable to the tide.
They began at the water
- mark and proceeded in the bank some distance, which we understood by their making the water
muddy with the clay; and we immediately proceeded to disappoint their design, by cutting a trench across their subterranean passage.
These, with water
,--but not from the fountain of ill omen, close at hand,--constituted all the entertainment.
A great elm tree spread its broad branches over it, at the foot of which bubbled up a spring of the softest and sweetest water
, in a little well formed of a barrel; and then stole sparkling away through the grass, to a neighboring brook, that babbled along among alders and dwarf willows.
Let us admit that the pressure of the atmosphere is represented by the weight of a column of water
thirty-two feet high.
As I am no chemist, I cannot give a scientific analysis of the water
It is supposed they retreat to the deep and cool waters
of the lake, at that season; and it is only in the spring and autumn that, for a few days, they are to be found around the points where they are within the reach of a seine.
The little stream on which they were encamped, was one of the head waters
of the Platte River, which flows into the Missouri; it was, in fact, the northern fork, or branch of that river, though this the travellers did not discover until long afterwards.
But Adam did not crave it, Nor the flight he wouldn't brave it, Singing:--"Air and Water
, Earth and Fire, What more can mortal man desire?
Long ere the last of the column could hope to reach the upper pits which lay above the danger point I was convinced that the waters
would surge after us in overwhelming volume, and that fully half the expedition would be snuffed out.
It certainly is clearer than a great many lakes, but how dull its waters
are compared with the wonderful transparence of Lake Tahoe
I heard nothing," said Starkey, raising the lantern over the waters
, and as the pirates looked they saw a strange sight.