And when at last they reached the trench, those farthest on the left of the advancing Britishers heard a machine gun sputter suddenly before them and saw a huge lion leap over
the German parados with the body of a screaming Hun soldier between his jaws and vanish into the shadows of the night, while squatting upon a traverse to their left was Tarzan of the Apes with a machine gun before him with which he was raking the length of the German trenches.
And for years afterwards, perhaps, ships shun the place; leaping over it as silly sheep leap over
a vacuum, because their leader originally leaped there when a stick was held.
The emperor holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates advancing, one by one, sometimes leap over
the stick, sometimes creep under it, backward and forward, several times, according as the stick is advanced or depressed.