"Shield of Heracles": -- P Oxyrhynchus Papyri 689 (2nd
On this very 2nd of October he had dismissed James Forster, because that luckless youth had brought him shaving-water at eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit instead of eighty-six; and he was awaiting his successor, who was due at the house between eleven and half-past.
Now from this moment, twenty-nine minutes after eleven, a.m., this Wednesday, 2nd October, you are in my service."
It happened that the famous Commission of the 2nd
of June had set on foot an inquiry into the irrigation of lands in the Zaraisky province, which fell under Alexey Alexandrovitch's department, and was a glaring example of fruitless expenditure and paper reforms.
Impatience grew apace, when, on the 2nd
of July, they learned that a steamer of the line of San Francisco, from California to Shanghai, had seen the animal three weeks before in the North Pacific Ocean.
. It ought to be pointed directly toward the zenith of the place.
May 2nd. -- The road continued to follow the coast, at no great distance from the sea.
June 2nd. -- We set out for the valley of Guasco, following the coast-road, which was considered rather less desert than the other.
It was August 2nd
when we snapped our last link with the outer world by bidding farewell to the Esmeralda.
Thus the sleep of our adventurous travelers might have been indefinitely prolonged, if an unexpected noise had not awakened them at about seven o'clock in the morning of the 2nd
of December, eight hours after their departure.
We then set sail, and had a good voyage till we passed the Straits of Madagascar; but having got northward of that island, and to about five degrees south latitude, the winds, which in those seas are observed to blow a constant equal gale between the north and west, from the beginning of December to the beginning of May, on the 19th of April began to blow with much greater violence, and more westerly than usual, continuing so for twenty days together: during which time, we were driven a little to the east of the Molucca Islands, and about three degrees northward of the line, as our captain found by an observation he took the 2nd
of May, at which time the wind ceased, and it was a perfect calm, whereat I was not a little rejoiced.
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