He was foremost at all races and cock fights; and, with the ascendancy which bodily strength always acquires in rustic life, was the umpire
in all disputes, setting his hat on one side, and giving his decisions with an air and tone that admitted of no gainsay or appeal.
When it was noticed that no umpire
ever survived a game, umpiring got to be unpopular.
The combatants were placed face to face, each with several members of his own corps about him to assist; two seconds, well padded, and with swords in their hands, took their stations; a student belonging to neither of the opposing corps placed himself in a good position to umpire
the combat; another student stood by with a watch and a memorandum-book to keep record of the time and the number and nature of the wounds; a gray-haired surgeon was present with his lint, his bandages, and his instruments.
To whom these most adhere, Hee rules a moment; CHAOS Umpire
sits, And by decision more imbroiles the fray By which he Reigns: next him high Arbiter CHANCE governs all.
I refer the matter to an umpire
, and shall expect you to submit to his verdict.
In the wide field of Western territory, therefore, we perceive an ample theatre for hostile pretensions, without any umpire
or common judge to interpose between the contending parties.
Who shall settle the terms of peace, and in case of disputes what umpire
shall decide between them and compel acquiescence?
They took their places in line; Achilles showed them the doubling-post round which they were to turn, some way off upon the plain; here he stationed his father's follower Phoenix as umpire
, to note the running, and report truly.
When quite a child he always fled there for refuge when he and his brother quarrelled, often, after having struck him, which constituted the crime of high treason on his part, after certain engagements with hands and nails, in which the king and his rebellious subject indulged in their night-dresses respecting the right to a disputed bed, having their servant Laporte as umpire
, -- Philip, conqueror, but terrified at victory, used to flee to his mother to obtain reinforcements from her, or at least the assurance of forgiveness, which Louis XIV.
She had thought only of avoiding Captain Wentworth; but an escape from being appealed to as umpire
was now added to the advantages of a quiet evening.
When the battle was at its height, a Sprat lifted its head out of the waves and said that he would reconcile their differences if they would accept him as an umpire
Come then, I said, and as the general umpire
in theatrical contests proclaims the result, do you also decide who in your opinion is first in the scale of happiness, and who second, and in what order the others follow: there are five of them in all-- they are the royal, timocratical, oligarchical, democratical, tyrannical.