Second: This arrangement is indispensable for common safety's sake; for were the lower end of the line
in any way attached to the boat, and were the whale then to run the line out to the end almost in a single, smoking minute as he sometimes does, he would not stop there, for the doomed boat would infallibly be dragged down after him into the profundity of the sea; and in that case no town-crier would ever find her again.
A burly brute with all the refined intelligence of a gorilla stamped upon his bestial face was attempting to push a smaller man to second place, but the smaller one appealed to the high priestess, who in a cold peremptory voice sent the larger to the extreme end of the line
President Lincoln himself fixed the end of the line
at Omaha, in Nebraska.
There was a date at one end of the line
and at the other a sum of money, as in common account-books, but instead of explanatory writing, only a varying number of crosses between the two.
With little ceremony Perry and I were chained at the end of the line
, and without further ado the interrupted march was resumed.
He found a loose end of the clothesline which fastened the logs together, and taking a gold nail from his pocket he bent it nearly double, to form a hook, and tied it to the end of the line
Down at the end of the line
towered the tall beggar-man, who must needs twang a bow-string with the best of them.
When we reached the spot and unearthed the little box the instrument was quiet, nor did repeated attempts upon the part of our telegrapher succeed in winning a response from the other end of the line
They were exactly alike, from one end of the line
to the other, and all were cut out of paper and joined together in the centers of their bodies.
I shouted; and before the astonished yellow man whose misfortune it was to be at the fighting end of the line
at that particular moment could gather his wits together my sword had decapitated him, and I was rushing like a mad bull down upon those behind him.
I had often seen one placed at the end of a road on a hillock, and in the light of the sun its black arms, bending in every direction, always reminded me of the claws of an immense beetle, and I assure you it was never without emotion that I gazed on it, for I could not help thinking how wonderful it was that these various signs should be made to cleave the air with such precision as to convey to the distance of three hundred leagues the ideas and wishes of a man sitting at a table at one end of the line
to another man similarly placed at the opposite extremity, and all this effected by a simple act of volition on the part of the sender of the message.
Several years later the western end of the line
was pushed over the plains to Nebraska, enabling the spoken word in Boston to be heard in Omaha.