Allan, most earnestly, but I didn't shut my eyes to pray, for I knew the only way God could save me was to let the flat float close enough to one of the bridge piles
for me to climb up on it.
Assuredly, it is a construction which increases and piles
up in endless spirals; there also are confusion of tongues, incessant activity, indefatigable labor, eager competition of all humanity, refuge promised to intelligence, a new Flood against an overflow of barbarians.
Fording the river, he proceeded to the borders of the deep snow, when he encamped under the lee of immense piles
of burned rock.
Just round the corner, as it were, on a pier defined with stone blocks and wooden piles
, a white mast, slender like a stalk of straw and crossed by a yard like a knitting-needle, flying the signals of flag and balloon, watches over a set of heavy dock- gates.
Just a brief glimpse of his immediate surroundings vouchsafed Bradley before he was whisked into the interior of one of the buildings; but in that momentary glance he saw strange piles
of stone and wood and mud fashioned into buildings of all conceivable sizes and shapes, sometimes piled high on top of one another, sometimes standing alone in an open court-way, but usually crowded and jammed together, so that there were no streets or alleys between them other than a few which ended almost as soon as they began.
Some of these piles
are so extensive, and so great a degree of labour and skill must have been requisite in constructing them, that I can scarcely believe they were built by the ancestors of the present inhabitants.
A good average pile
, by the time it was delivered on the ground, cost a twenty-dollar gold piece, and these piles
were used in unending thousands.
Opposite it, upon either bank of the river, are tumbled piles
of ruins overgrown with vegetation.
That's geometrical progression - you know how that piles
Edwards had preceded him; for the sight of the immense piles
of fish, that were slowly rolling over on the gravelly beach, had impelled him also to leave the ladies and join the fishermen.
A man must for years examine for himself great piles
of superimposed strata, and watch the sea at work grinding down old rocks and making fresh sediment, before he can hope to comprehend anything of the lapse of time, the monuments of which we see around us.
They may be traced up to a height of between 7000 and 9000 feet, where they become hidden by the irregular piles