I had thought the green Martians the most ferocious warriors in the universe, but the awful abandon with which the black
pirates threw themselves upon their foes transcended everything I ever before had seen.
The Englishman attempted to dissuade him, but immediately the black
became threatening and abusive, since, like all those who are ignorant, he was suspicious that the intentions of others were always ulterior unless they perfectly coincided with his wishes.
He was very sick, this white man, as sick as the black
men who lay helpless about him, and whom he attended.
When, a moment later, the blacks
came they saw even from a distance that Tantor had eluded them, for the size of the hole in the pit covering was too small to have accommodated the huge bulk of an elephant.
Just beyond the ridge he came within sight of the fleeing black
, making with headlong leaps for a long war-canoe that was drawn well up upon the beach above the high tide surf.
Borckman and the black
steersman echoed his words, and, as the wheel spun down, the Arangi, with the swiftness of a witch, rounded into the wind and attained a momentary even keel to the flapping of her headsails and a shifting of headsheets.
Hooper came, the first thing that their eyes rested on was the same horrible black
veil, which had added deeper gloom to the funeral, and could portend nothing but evil to the wedding.
To invite personal combat, therefore, denotes confidence in his own swordsmanship, and great courage, two attributes that were calculated to fill the Black
players with hope and valor when evinced by their Chief thus early in the game.
Michael was a fit leader for this band of cutthroats, and, withal held them in fair subjection to his rule.
"Lots of 'em!" cried Button-Bright; and so there were--quite a row of the two-sided black
and white creatures sitting on the rocks all around.
Beyond the pit stood the little wedge of people with the white flag at its apex, arrested by these phenomena, a little knot of small vertical black
shapes upon the black
The man was greeted with shouts of welcome from his fellows, to whom he imparted all that he knew and guessed of the actions of their master, so that the entire safari was aware of matters before Baynes, who marched close to the head of the column, was reached and acquainted with the facts and the imaginings of the black
boy whom Malbihn had deserted in the clearing the night before.