, wheezing, resting, oblivious of the shadow-world of the white men, knowing only the reality of Tulagi Mountain cutting its crest-line blackly across the dim radiance of the star-sprinkled sky, the reality of the sea and of the canoe he so feebly urged across it, and the reality of his fading strength and of the death into which he would surely end, the ancient black man slowly made his shoreward way.
I began after a little to grow very bold and sat up to try my skill at paddling
. But even a small change in the disposition of the weight will produce violent changes in the behaviour of a coracle.
The others ceased paddling, and, with wide eyes, looked first at me and then at the battling sea-things which fought for the corpse of their comrade.
I think that they must have been commencing to have some doubts--those wild, naked, red warriors--for when the first man fell in the second boat, the others stopped paddling and commenced to jabber among themselves.
for a whole night, thinking that they were headed for home, they had seen this land at sunrise, and, still taking it for the mainland, had hailed it with joy, nor had Mugambi been aware that it was an island until Tarzan had told him that this was the fact.
Unconsciously I had ceased paddling
as the serpent rose to engage my pursuer, so now the skiff still drifted close beside the two.
Still later he persuaded me to join him, and I, too, learned the trick of paddling
. For the next several days we could not tear ourselves away from the slough.
We left, paddling
downstream close to the bank; and as we passed by the creek where they were fishing, the great shouting had ceased, but the murmur of voices was loud like the humming of insects flying at noonday.
Malbihn called to the guards in the camp and a moment later the entire party had entered the boats and were paddling
Without an instant's hesitation he turned up the grim river, paddling
hard against the strong current.
One day, after we had been paddling
about for some time, I disembarked Kory-Kory, and paddled the canoe to the windward side of the lake.
We who brought the word were tired with the paddling
, but we took part in the attack.