Sometimes there are big guns in the city that speak back, and some of us are killed, and then there is all the more grazing for those that are left.
"Do you gentlemen of the screw-gun battery feel inclined to eat when you are being fired at with big guns, and Two Tails is behind you?"
"If I could do that and nothing else, you wouldn't be needed to pull the big guns at all.
Then the big guns came by, and I saw Two Tails and two other elephants harnessed in line to a forty-pounder siege gun, while twenty yoke of oxen walked behind.
The gun bullocks rolled their cuds, and answered both together: "The seventh yoke of the first gun of the Big Gun Battery.
To put all twenty yoke of us to the big gun as soon as Two Tails trumpets." ("Two Tails" is camp slang for the elephant.)
And in the great silence the deep, faint booming of the big guns
being tested at Shoeburyness hangs about the Nore - a historical spot in the keeping of one of England's appointed guardians.
For example, a proportion of them, always the best marksmen, direct their fire entirely upon the wireless finding and sighting apparatus of the big guns
of an attacking naval force; another detail attends to the smaller guns in the same way; others pick off the gunners; still others the officers; while certain other quotas concentrate their attention upon the other members of the crew, upon the upper works, and upon the steering gear and propellers.
"The Jap professor'd told me the manager an' the other big guns
of the company was comin' up on the mornin' train.
To me, away there in my bean-field at the other end of the town, the big guns
sounded as if a puffball had burst; and when there was a military turnout of which I was ignorant, I have sometimes had a vague sense all the day of some sort of itching and disease in the horizon, as if some eruption would break out there soon, either scarlatina or canker-rash, until at length some more favorable puff of wind, making haste over the fields and up the Wayland road, brought me information of the "trainers." It seemed by the distant hum as if somebody's bees had swarmed, and that the neighbors, according to Virgil's advice, by a faint tintinnabulum upon the most sonorous of their domestic utensils, were endeavoring to call them down into the hive again.
All Europe was producing big guns
and countless swarms of little Smallways.
`No, 'cause I had a big gun
,' says Joe, `and I shot the wolf dead, Uncle Jim,--solid dead--and then he went up to heaven and bit God,' says he.
We saw a great mountain burning in the midst of water; we saw thousands of islets scattered like bits of iron fired from a big gun
; we saw a long coast of mountain and lowlands stretching away in sunshine from west to east.
An antelope rested peacefully in a bed of daisies where, perhaps, two hundred years ago a big gun
belched its terror-laden messages of death, of hate, of destruction against the works of man and God alike.
From the Fountain of Wisdom in the Wonder House to' - he smiled -'a little child playing by a big gun
- the world prepared my road.