Above our heads the explosive booming gusts of wind passed continuously, justifying the sailor's saying "It blows great guns
." And just from that need of human companionship, being very close to the man, I said, or rather shouted:
Then I heard quite distinctly a booming ex- actly like the sound of great guns
. Six distinct reports I counted, and after a long interval six again.
Who should know so well as I that it is but a handloom compared to the great guns
that reverberate through the age to come?
"Hark!" said I, when I had done my stirring, and was taking a final warm in the chimney corner before being sent up to bed; "was that great guns
All these hardened and impenitent man-killers, to whom death in its awfulest forms is a fact familiar to their every-day observation; who sleep on hills trembling with the thunder of great guns
, dine in the midst of streaming missiles, and play at cards among the dead faces of their dearest friends, - all are watching with suspended breath and beating hearts the outcome of an act involving the life of one man.
, bombs, and mines must have leveled every building that man had raised, and then nature, unhindered, had covered the ghastly evidence of human depravity with her beauteous mantle of verdure.
On gala days the town fires its great guns
, which echo like popguns to these woods, and some waifs of martial music occasionally penetrate thus far.
"Why, great guns
," I said, "don't I want to find the castle?
The admired piratical ship had blown up, in the midst of a vast fleet of ships of all rates, and boats of all sizes; and on the deep was nothing but ruin; nothing but burning hulls, bursting magazines, great guns
self-exploded tearing friends and neighbours to pieces, drowning men clinging to unseaworthy spars and going down every minute, spent swimmers floating dead, and sharks.
I had been in Yarmouth when the seamen said it blew great guns
, but I had never known the like of this, or anything approaching to it.
These galleries are like spacious railway tunnels, and at short intervals in them great guns
frown out upon sea and town through portholes five or six hundred feet above the ocean.
I suppose that by comparison with the great guns
of modern naval vessels of the outer world it was a pitifully small and inadequate thing; but here in Pellucidar, where it was the first of its kind, it was about as awe-inspiring as anything you might imagine.