Strong, half-naked Indian paddlers were in charge of the canoes which were of sturdy construction and light draft, since the river, like most tropical streams
, was of uncertain depths, choked here and there with sand bars or tropical growths.
As he approached the stream
, his heart began to thump he summoned up, however, all his resolution, gave his horse half a score of kicks in the ribs, and attempted to dash briskly across the bridge; but instead of starting forward, the perverse old animal made a lateral movement, and ran broadside against the fence.
26, you can think of me, and how I used to lie awake, listening to the stream
rippling beneath the window, with its gentle harpsichord tinkle, and little by little letting slip the multifarious world.
Now the stones at the bottom of the stream
were round and slippery, and the current swept along strongly, waist-deep, in the middle.
The captain was convinced, however, that the stream
was too insignificant to drain so wide a valley and the adjacent mountains: he encamped, therefore, at an early hour, on its borders, that he might take the whole of the next day to reach the main river; which he presumed to flow between him and the distant range of western hills.
Moreover you have a great river hard by if he can be of any use to you, but there is no fighting against Jove the son of Saturn, with whom not even King Achelous can compare, nor the mighty stream
of deep-flowing Oceanus, from whom all rivers and seas with all springs and deep wells proceed; even Oceanus fears the lightnings of great Jove, and his thunder that comes crashing out of heaven.
It was somewhere near this part of the day that the noise of falling waters, which we had faintly caught in the early morning, became more distinct; and it was not long before we were arrested by a rocky precipice of nearly a hundred feet in depth, that extended all across the channel, and over which the wild stream
poured in an unbroken leap.
It is a region that almost discourages all hope of cultivation, and can only be traversed with safety by keeping near the streams
which intersect it.
The water, touched to gold by the early sun, the brooding mists under the banks at some distance down the stream
, the fort, the soldiers, the piece of drift -- all had distracted him.
A half-hour of rapid travelling across the swampy neck of land and over the rising promontory brought Tarzan, by a short cut, to the inward bend of the winding river, and there before him upon the bosom of the stream
he saw the dugout, and in its stern Nikolas Rokoff.
Shortly after we resumed our course upstream, we saw the mouth of another and smaller river emptying into the main channel from the south--that is, upon our right; and almost immediately after we came upon a large island five or six miles in length; and at fifty miles there was a still larger river than the last coming in from the northwest, the course of the main stream
having now changed to northeast by southwest.
First, after we left the river, we worked toward the west till we came to a small stream
that flowed through marshlands.