While the train flashed through never-ending miles of ripe wheat, by country towns
and bright-flowered pastures and oak groves wilting in the sun, we sat in the observation car, where the woodwork was hot to the touch and red dust lay deep over everything.
As the credulous and excited traveler related the hazardous chances of the wilderness, the blood of the timid curdled with terror, and mothers cast anxious glances even at those children which slumbered within the security of the largest towns
They carried this expedition so secretly, that the unwary inhabitants did not discover them, until they fired upon the forts; and, not being prepared to oppose them, were obliged to surrender themselves miserable captives to barbarous savages, who immediately after tomahawked one man and two women, and loaded all the others with heavy baggage, forcing them along toward their towns
, able or unable to march.
HALFWAY down a by-street of one of our New England towns
stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.
Poking and burrowing into the heaped-up rubbish in the corner, unfolding one and another document, and reading the names of vessels that had long ago foundered at sea or rotted at the wharves, and those of merchants never heard of now on 'Change, nor very readily decipherable on their mossy tombstones; glancing at such matters with the saddened, weary, half-reluctant interest which we bestow on the corpse of dead activity -- and exerting my fancy, sluggish with little use, to raise up from these dry bones an image of the old towns
brighter aspect, when India was a new region, and only Salem knew the way thither -- I chanced to lay my hand on a small package, carefully done up in a piece of ancient yellow parchment.
What are the Duke of Dunder's hereditary towns
and hamlets but Fast-Fish?
Then there is the steam-engine style of driving; these drivers were mostly people from towns
, who never had a horse of their own and generally traveled by rail.
He was a stranger at the business, but they were not clannish, and they taught him all their tricks--what towns
and villages it was best to keep away from, and how to read the secret signs upon the fences, and when to beg and when to steal, and just how to do both.
You send thousands of dollars to foreign missions; but could you endure to have the heathen sent into your towns
and villages, and give your time, and thoughts, and money, to raise them to the Christian standard?
Great guide-boards of stone, But travelers none; Cenotaphs of the towns
Named on their crowns.
My men had orders to strike across country, avoiding roads, and establishing connection with any considerable towns
whose lights betrayed their pres- ence, and leaving experts in charge.
On the farm a woman's duties are not defined--she does a little of everything; but in the towns
it is different, there she only does certain things, the men do the rest.