Of course, those who were stationed nearest to the head of the line, where they could most see and be seen, and have the first blow at him, paid the highest prices for their places; and the few straggling inhabitants in the outskirts
, where long gaps in the line began to occur, and the traveller could get over walls or turn aside into cow-paths, and so escape, paid a very slight ground or window tax.
The infantry regiments that had been caught unawares in the outskirts
of the wood ran out of it, the different companies getting mixed, and retreated as a disorderly crowd.
She had reached the outskirts
of the city when she found the road blocked by a great drove of cattle, driven by a half-dozen wild-looking herdsmen from the plains.
My room is a wretched, horrid one in the outskirts
of the town.
The excitement of the last few strokes was barely over before they sprang upon the beach and were surrounded by a little crowd, on the outskirts
of whom was Oom Sam.
At last, when the ship drew near to the outskirts
, as it were, of the Equatorial fishing-ground, and in the deep darkness that goes before the dawn, was sailing by a cluster of rocky islets; the watch --then headed by Flask --was startled by a cry so plaintively wild and unearthly --like half-articulated wailings of the ghosts of all Herod's murdered Innocents --that one and all, they started from their reveries, and for the space of some moments stood, or sat, or leaned all transfixedly listening, like the carved Roman slave, while that wild cry remained within hearing.
The place of execution was a high hill, on the outskirts
of Salem; so that many of the sufferers, as they stood beneath the gallows, could discern their own habitations in the town.
The most lamentable tale of disasters, however, that Captain Bonneville had to hear, was from a partisan, whom he had detached in the preceding year, with twenty men, to hunt through the outskirts
of the Crow country, and on the tributary streams of the Yellowstone; whence he was to proceed and join him in his winter quarters on Salmon River.
Hunt pursued his course along the skirts of the mountain, in a southern direction, seeking for some practicable defile by which he might pass through it; none such presented, however, in the course of fifteen miles, and he encamped on a small stream, still on the outskirts
. The green meadows which border these mountain streams are generally well stocked with game, and the hunters killed several fat elks, which supplied the camp with fresh meat.
Once returned from the abysms of the utter North to that little house upon the outskirts
of Meudon, it was not the philosopher, the daring observer, the man of iron energy that imposed himself on his family, but a fat and even plaintive jester, a farceur incarnate and kindly, the co-equal of his children, and, it must be written, not seldom the comic despair of Madame Lavalle, who, as she writes five years after the marriage, to her venerable mother, found "in this unequalled intellect whose name I bear the abandon of a large and very untidy boy." Here is her letter:
Clare would not accept the loan of the farmer's vehicle for a further distance than to the outskirts
of the Vale, and, sending it back with the man who had driven him, he put up at an inn, and next day entered on foot the region wherein was the spot of his dear Tess's birth.
Dozing in the shade he saw several men, while at the extreme outskirts
of the clearing he occasionally caught glimpses of armed warriors apparently guarding the village against surprise from an attacking enemy.