Here and there would be a bridge crossing a filthy creek, with hard-baked mud shores and dingy sheds and docks along it; here and there would be a railroad crossing, with a tangle of switches, and locomotives puffing, and rattling freight cars filing
by; here and there would be a great factory, a dingy building with innumerable windows in it, and immense volumes of smoke pouring from the chimneys, darkening the air above and making filthy the earth beneath.
By-and- by the procession went filing
down the steep descent of the main avenue, the flickering rank of lights dimly revealing the lofty walls of rock almost to their point of junction sixty feet overhead.
Half heaven was pure and stainless: the clouds, now trooping before the wind, which had shifted to the west, were filing
off eastward in long, silvered columns.
He looked at them, and saw in them, without knowing it, the slow sure filing
down of misery-worn face and figure, that was to make the meagreness of Frenchmen an English superstition which should survive the truth through the best part of a hundred years.
As I walked to and fro daily between Southwark and Blackfriars, and lounged about at meal-times in obscure streets, the stones of which may, for anything I know, be worn at this moment by my childish feet, I wonder how many of these people were wanting in the crowd that used to come filing
before me in review again, to the echo of Captain Hopkins's voice
Having a memory like a filing
system, and a knack for invention, Lockwood was well fitted to create such a depart- ment.
In this way we had progressed to within about a mile of the hills we were endeavoring to reach when Dejah Thoris, from her point of vantage upon the thoat, cried out that she saw a great party of mounted men filing
down from a pass in the hills several miles away.
Nevertheless, at eight o'clock in the morning the regiment of the queen's guards, commanded by Guitant, under whom was his nephew Comminges, marched publicly, preceded by drums and trumpets, filing
off from the Palais Royal as far as Notre Dame, a manoeuvre which the Parisians witnessed tranquilly, delighted as they were with military music and brilliant uniforms.
The chiefs then came forward successively, according to their respective characters and consequence, to offer the hand of good fellowship; each filing
off when he had shaken hands, to make way for his successor.
The scraping of the scabbard against its holder as I withdrew it sounded like the filing
of cast iron with a great rasp, and I looked to see the room immediately filled with alarmed and attacking guardsmen.
Raffles afterward assured me that nineteen of them had been spent in filing
one key; but one of his latest inventions was a little thick velvet bag in which he carried the keys; and this bag had two elastic mouths, which closed so tightly about either wrist that he could file away, inside, and scarcely hear it himself.
Whilst we speak the loadstone is withdrawn; down falls our filing
in a heap with the rest, and we continue our mummery to the wretched shaving.