Well, last evening we went up to the castle about sunset, at least all of us but Fred, who was to meet us there after going to the Post
Restante for letters.
After the first surprise of the intelligence had a little abated, a rumor was spread through the entrenched camp, which stretched along the margin of the Hudson, forming a chain of outworks to the body of the fort itself, that a chosen detachment of fifteen hundred men was to depart, with the dawn, for William Henry, the post
at the northern extremity of the portage.
It must have been in reference to this outrage that Chanticleer, the next day, accompanied by the bereaved mother of the egg, took his post
in front of Phoebe and Clifford, and delivered himself of a harangue that might have proved as long as his own pedigree, but for a fit of merriment on Phoebe's part.
Then Little Toomai would climb up to the top of one of the quivering stockade posts
, his sun-bleached brown hair flying loose all over his shoulders, and he looking like a goblin in the torch-light.
In the suburbs of cities there are neat green posts
with a single gray cable hung from a heavy wire.
The duchess came out splendidly attired, and Don Quixote, in pure courtesy and politeness, held the rein of her palfrey, though the duke wanted not to allow him; and at last they reached a wood that lay between two high mountains, where, after occupying various posts
, ambushes, and paths, and distributing the party in different positions, the hunt began with great noise, shouting, and hallooing, so that, between the baying of the hounds and the blowing of the horns, they could not hear one another.
They removed their emporium from Astoria to Fort Vancouver, a strong post
on the left bank of the Columbia River, about sixty miles from its mouth; whence they furnished their interior posts
, and sent forth their brigades of trappers.
At the end of a walk of about ten minutes among the tents and posts
, which were closer together near the headquarters, Monk entered upon a little causeway which diverged into three branches.
At length it was found necessary to establish fortified posts
at the confluence of the rivers and the lakes for the protection of the trade, and the restraint of these profligates of the wilderness.
You know it won't do to leave your posts
If I told them of this they would be much interested for a short time-I might even hold the interest of a few long enough to get them here and explain their duties to them; but soon they would lose interest and when you needed them most they might be off in the forest searching for beetles instead of watching their posts
Later, I learned that my surmise was correct, and this was but one of a great chain of similar posts
that dotted the new frontier of the black nation into whose hands I had fallen.