Seems to me," said Billy to the troop horse, "that our friend Two Tails is afraid of most things.
I set the time for all my troop, little lady," he said politely.
Last came the screw guns, and Billy the mule carried himself as though he commanded all the troops, and his harness was oiled and polished till it winked.
In the center of the troops following the imperial elephant marched a great caravan of slaves.
For a week the troops kept pouring in and out of New Gondar--in, always, from the south and west, but always toward the east.
It was the first intimation that the townspeople had received that the enemy was forcing the imperial troops back upon the city.
Harvey almost shrieked, disregarding the advice; and still Troop meditated.
He was lying in the scuppers, holding on to a nose that bled, while Troop looked down on him serenely.
The gun rang out with a deafening metallic roar, and a whistling grenade flew above the heads of our troops below the hill and fell far short of the enemy, a little smoke showing the spot where it burst.
Everyone got up and began watching the movements of our troops below, as plainly visible as if but a stone's throw away, and the movements of the approaching enemy farther off.
Not until the battle was over did I learn why the red troops had sallied forth that day.
But now the march of the welcoming host was delayed until the following morning, when the troops again set out from Kaol.
It was while seeking entrance to the city of Kaol that I discovered the green horde lying in wait for your troops.
These troops had apparently been going for- ward with caution, their rifles held in readiness, when the youthful lieutenant had discovered them and their movement had been interrupted by the volley from the blue regiment.
The two bodies of troops exchanged blows in the manner of a pair of boxers.