The effort he had made to extend his land
holdings had been suc- cessful and there were few farms in the valley that did not belong to him, but until David came he was a bitterly disappointed man.
On the level land
the tracks had almost disappeared--were mere shadings in the grass, and a stranger would not have noticed them.
May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands
, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition.
These last, if they ever heard of the Pyncheon title, would have laughed at the idea of any man's asserting a right--on the strength of mouldy parchments, signed with the faded autographs of governors and legislators long dead and forgotten--to the lands
which they or their fathers had wrested from the wild hand of nature by their own sturdy toil.
A pleasing land
of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky.
Yes, though I've worked hard every day, till I am twenty-five years old, and have not a cent of money, nor a roof to cover me, nor a spot of land
to call my own, yet, if they will only let me alone now, I will be satisfied,--thankful; I will work, and send back the money for you and my boy.
They who have been traveling long on the steppes of Tartary say, "On re-entering cultivated lands
, the agitation, perplexity, and turmoil of civilization oppressed and suffocated us; the air seemed to fail us, and we felt every moment as if about to die of asphyxia.
Most of the students were Germans, of course, but the representatives of foreign lands
were very numerous.
When I came in sight of the log store and the woodpile where the steamboats lands
I worked along under the trees and brush till I got to a good place, and then I clumb up into the forks of a cottonwood that was out of reach, and watched.
A gigantic eruption, like that of Krakatoa a few years ago, with the accompanying earthquakes, tidal waves, and clouds of volcanic dust, changes the face of the surrounding landscape beyond recognition, bringing down the high lands
, elevating the low, making fair lakes where deserts had been, and deserts where green prairies had smiled before.
The little children of whom we have heard, those born under Syrian skies, have strange and interesting work to do for Thee, and some of us would like to travel in far lands
and do wonderful brave things for the heathen and gently take away their idols of wood and stone.
In all the broad lands
which the Constitution of the United States over- shadows, there is no single spot,--however narrow or desolate,--where a fugitive slave can plant himself and say, "I am safe.