Black River


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Black River

1. In China Ba·bian Jiang (bä′byän′ jyäng′)and in Vietnam Song Da (sông′ dä′) A river of southeast Asia rising in southern China and flowing about 805 km (500 mi) generally southeast to the Red River in northern Vietnam.
2. A river rising in southeast Missouri and flowing about 480 km (300 mi) to the White River in northeast Arkansas.
3. A river of northern New York rising in the Adirondack Mountains and flowing about 190 km (120 mi) to Black River Bay, an inlet of Lake Ontario.
4. A river rising in central Wisconsin and flowing about 260 km (160 mi) generally southwest to the Mississippi River.
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In the luckless and unsupported regiment which made that rash attempt at the Black River there was a certain Captain Keith, who was at that time engaged to St.
The exception I shall make is in this matter of the defeat by the Black River; and my reasons, though private, are honourable and compelling.
He was entrenched with two or three regiments on the heights that swept down to the Black River, on the other side of which was lower and more marshy ground.
I found at last in an almshouse down in the Lincolnshire Fens an old soldier who not only was wounded at the Black River, but had actually knelt beside the colonel of the regiment when he died.
"There's a great marble monument on top of it; a monument to the heroic Major Murray, who fell fighting gloriously at the famous Battle of the Black River."
And by the time of the Battle of the Black River he had fallen from world to world to that place which Dante makes the lowest floor of the universe."
At this point indicated on the planisphere one of these currents was rolling, the Kuro-Scivo of the Japanese, the Black River, which, leaving the Gulf of Bengal, where it is warmed by the perpendicular rays of a tropical sun, crosses the Straits of Malacca along the coast of Asia, turns into the North Pacific to the Aleutian Islands, carrying with it trunks of camphor-trees and other indigenous productions, and edging the waves of the ocean with the pure indigo of its warm water.
Then sleep overpowered me, and I stretched myself on my couch of zostera, and slept profoundly, whilst the Nautilus was gliding rapidly through the current of the Black River.
Along the stretch of black river that the prahu and her consort covered that night Virginia Maxon saw no living thing other than a single figure in a small sampan which hugged the shadows of the shore as the two larger boats met and passed it, nor answered their hail.
It was a large room over the library, and looked out upon the black river and the row of white lights along the Cambridge Embankment.
In the remote earliest form of the stories, as Celtic myths, this supernatural element was no doubt frank and very large, but Malory's authorities, the more skeptical French romancers, adapting it to their own age, had often more or less fully rationalized it; transforming, for instance, the black river of Death which the original heroes often had to cross on journeys to the Celtic Other World into a rude and forbidding moat about the hostile castle into which the romancers degraded the Other World itself.
And as the great black river with its dreary shores was soon lost to her view in the gloom, so, she stood on the river's brink unable to see into the vast blank misery of a life suspected, and fallen away from by good and bad, but knowing that it lay there dim before her, stretching away to the great ocean, Death.