"Ah, I feared some deviltry like this!" exclaimed the scout, in English, adding, with the quickness of thought, in his adopted tongue: "To cover, men, and charge!"
He saw it was more dangerous to retreat than to maintain his ground: while he found his enemy throwing out men on his flank; which rendered the task of keeping themselves covered so very difficult to the Delawares, as nearly to silence their fire.
Quickly he unlocked the cover, turning it back upon its hinge.
If it had been the purpose of some enemy to delay him, he had succeeded well, thought Carthoris, as he unlocked the cover of the second dial the first having shown that its pointer had not been set at all.
This point is said to present one of the most beautiful scenes on the Columbia; a lovely meadow, with a silver sheet of limpid water in the center, enlivened by wild-fowl, a range of hills crowned by forests, while the prospect is closed by Mount Hood, a magnificent mountain rising into a lofty peak, and covered with snow; the ultimate landmark of the first explorers of the river.
About thirty miles above Point Vancouver the mountains again approach on both sides of the river, which is bordered by stupendous precipices, covered with the fir and the white cedar, and enlivened occasionally by beautiful cascades leaping from a great height, and sending up wreaths of vapor.
The straight road was nearer but little used and had no stakes, or only poor ones covered with snow.
The horse was evidently exhausted, his hair had all curled up from sweat and was covered with hoar-frost, and he went at a walk.
"He wants to face us out of sight and reason, and make us think the head of a red-skin is a stone covered
with the autumn leaf; or he has some other devilish artifice in his mind!"
Some of the rocky hills are partly covered
by thickets, and on the banks of the larger streams, especially to the north of Las Minas, willow-trees are not uncommon.
Each of the vegetable folks bore a branch covered
with sharp thorns, which was thrust defiantly toward the horse, the kitten and the piglets.
Deiphobus then came close up to Idomeneus to avenge Asius, and took aim at him with a spear, but Idomeneus was on the look-out and avoided it, for he was covered
by the round shield he always bore--a shield of oxhide and bronze with two arm-rods on the inside.