There is a narrow sand-bar running into it, with very deep water
on one side, on which I helped boil a kettle of chowder, some six rods from the main shore, about the year 1824, which it has not been possible to do for twenty-five years; and, on the other hand, my friends used to listen with incredulity when I told them, that a few years later I was accustomed to fish from a boat in a secluded cove in the woods, fifteen rods from the only shore they knew, which place was long since converted into a meadow.
Here almost every product of the land and water
bears the unmistakeable stamp of the American continent.
I knew positively that I could never endure to retrace my path now to the point from which I had felt the waters
close above my head.
Northerton no sooner obtained a release from his captivity, as we have seen, than he hasted away to overtake Mrs Waters
; which, as he was a very active nimble fellow, he did at the last-mentioned city, some few hours after Captain Waters
had left her.
Although common in the pools of water
left by the retiring tide, these animals were not easily caught.
Their observations inform us that Abyssinia, where the Nile rises and waters
vast tracts of land, is full of mountains, and in its natural situation much higher than Egypt; that all the winter, from June to September, no day is without rain; that the Nile receives in its course all the rivers, brooks, and torrents which fall from those mountains; these necessarily swell it above the banks, and fill the plains of Egypt with the inundation.
To make matters serious, during all the excitement of boarding the junks the Reindeer had not been bailed, and the water
was beginning to slush over the cockpit floor.
They look so snug and so homelike, and at eventide when every thing seems to slumber, and the music of the vesper bells comes stealing over the water
, one almost believes that nowhere else than on the lake of Como can there be found such a paradise of tranquil repose.
To enjoy Caprona's romantic suggestions we must have water
, and so we came in close, always sounding, and skirted the shore.
in front of the canoe was hardly ruffled by its passage and no sound betrayed the collision, when the light fabric shot on the gravelly beach for nearly half its length, Natty receding a step or two from its bow, in order to facilitate the landing.
All that day we rested there by the water
, thanking our stars that we had been lucky enough to find it, bad as it was, and not forgetting to render a due share of gratitude to the shade of the long-departed da Silvestra, who had set its position down so accurately on the tail of his shirt.
I am going in search of the Water
of Life, because my father is ill, and like to die: can you help me?