Dense black smoke was leaping up to mingle with the steam from the river, and as the Heat-Ray went to and fro over Weybridge its impact was marked by flashes of incandescent white, that gave place at once to a smoky dance of lurid flames.
It swept across the river to Shepperton, and the water in its track rose in a boiling weal crested with steam.
Smooth-it-away, "for Apollyon is putting on the steam again.
They were the same whom Apollyon and ourselves had persecuted with taunts, and gibes, and scalding steam, at the commencement of our journey--the same whose unworldly aspect and impressive words had stirred my conscience amid the wild revellers of Vanity Fair.
If I may do so, without appearing boastful, I think I can honestly say that our one small boat, during that week, caused more annoyance and delay and aggravation to the steam launches that we came across than all the other craft on the river put together.
Then that launch would give one final shriek of a whistle that would nearly burst the boiler, and she would reverse her engines, and blow off steam, and swing round and get aground; everyone on board of it would rush to the bow and yell at us, and the people on the bank would stand and shout to us, and all the other passing boats would stop and join in, till the whole river for miles up and down was in a state of frantic commotion.
Ut was close quarters to shuft a bug vessel onder steam
, wuth MacPherson workun' the reversun' gear by hond.
Why, bless you, sir, it is in the steam launch that he has gone.
It was him that roused him up yesternight, and, what's more, my man knew he was comin', for he had steam up in the launch.
The cargo chains groaned in the gins, clinked on coamings, rattled over the side; and the whole ship quivered, with her long gray flanks smoking in wreaths of steam.
Rout to have steam up to-morrow afternoon at one o'clock sharp.
Mr Pancks concluded by blowing off that steam of his.
Mr Pancks, being by that time quite ready for a start, got under steam in a moment, and, without any other signal or ceremony, was snorting down the step-ladder and working into Bleeding Heart Yard, before he seemed to be well out of the counting-house.
Then he restored the contents to the jug; held over the steam
of the jug, each of the three bright glasses in succession; finally filled them all, and with a clear conscience awaited the applause of his fellow-creatures.
It's this steam
, you see, that has made the difference; it drives on every wheel double pace, and the wheel of fortune along with 'em, as our Mr.