Happy the blest ages that knew not the dread fury of those devilish engines of artillery, whose inventor I am persuaded is in hell receiving the reward of his diabolical invention, by which he made it easy for a base and cowardly arm to take the life of a gallant gentleman; and that, when he knows not how or whence, in the height of the ardour and enthusiasm that fire and animate brave hearts, there should come some random bullet, discharged perhaps by one who fled in terror at the flash when he fired off
his accursed machine, which in an instant puts an end to the projects and cuts off the life of one who deserved to live for ages to come.
I never fired off
a gun above ten times in my life; and then it was not charged with bullets.
There's a shore reef and an outer reef, and a mighty nervous anchorage; but we made it all right and fired off
our dynamite as a signal to the niggers to come down and be recruited.
On this particular occasion they made such an outrageous noise, and continued it with such perseverance, that for awhile, had entire volleys of musketry been fired off
in the neighbouring mountains, I should not have been able to have heard them.
Geordie and Will came together, two sturdy eleven and twelve year olders, and, fixing their round blue eyes on Rose, fired off
a question apiece, as if it was a shooting match and she the target.
he said at length, in a voice, and with a suddenness, which made the child start as though a gun had been fired off
at her ear.
Suppose I really had discharged into his body any one of those pistols recently fired off
that Bucket has found at my place, and dear me, might have found there any day since it has been my place.
I believe I'm very terrible, when I'm roused," ejaculated Jos from the sofa, and made a grimace so dreary and ludicrous, that the Captain's politeness could restrain him no longer, and he and Osborne fired off
a ringing volley of laughter.