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Having now told the story of Rosanna, I have only to notice one of the many queer ways of this strange girl to get on next to the story of the sands.
Sail this boat the way you've seen a ship sailed, and you'll be across the sands before you know it."
The cold evening breeze, of which I have spoken, whistled through every chink of the rude building and sprinkled the floor with a continual rain of fine sand. There was sand in our eyes, sand in our teeth, sand in our suppers, sand dancing in the spring at the bottom of the kettle, for all the world like porridge beginning to boil.
Before supper was eaten we buried old Tom in the sand and stood round him for a while bare-headed in the breeze.
The fifty dollars reward would never be paid for that pitiful mess of splinters on the sand beneath us.
I was naturally startled, and lost no time in going out and across the Ottershaw bridge to the sand pits.
Billina showed her the place where she had "stubbed her bill," as she expressed it, and Dorothy dug away the sand until she felt something hard.
"I think it is pure gold, and it must have lain hidden in the sand for a long time.
Not even an echo replied, and his voice died out in the empty vastness of surrounding space, like a pebble cast into a bottomless gulf; then, down he sank, fainting, on the sand, alone, amid the eternal silence of the desert.
It was a fruitless search, however, in so far as antelope is concerned; but one night as I lay courting sleep at the edge of a little cluster of date-palms that surround an ancient well in the midst of the arid, shifting sands, I suddenly became conscious of a strange sound coming apparently from the earth beneath my head.
An' until now I always thought it was a lark." He changed his position on the maddening sand and sighed heavily.
"Yes," said the young man, in an undertone, "I guessed on the sands and now I know; that was why I let him fall soft."
The tubes, as I have already remarked, enter the sand nearly in a vertical direction.
"As the sand is being poured into the well-hole, quantities of dynamite can also be thrown in!"
But the tide was coming in; the water was rising; the gulfs and lakes were filling; the straits were widening: it was time to seek some safer footing; so I walked, skipped, and stumbled back to the smooth, wide sands, and resolved to proceed to a certain bold projection in the cliffs, and then return.