The doctor had thumbed over all his books of knowledge for the occasion, and the black fisherman was engaged to take them in his skiff to the scene of enterprise, to work with spade and pickax
in unearthing the treasure, and to freight his bark with the weighty spoils they were certain of finding.
"Then, by God," replied Tarrant, "if you won't take a shovel you'll take a pickax
Going to the edge of the pit, I found it occupied by a group of about half a dozen men--Henderson, Ogilvy, and a tall, fair-haired man that I afterwards learned was Stent, the Astronomer Royal, with several workmen wielding spades and pickaxes
. Stent was giving directions in a clear, high- pitched voice.
and boring irons were set to work without intermission.
Six of the number were carrying a bier covered with a great variety of flowers and branches, on seeing which one of the goatherds said, "Those who come there are the bearers of Chrysostom's body, and the foot of that mountain is the place where he ordered them to bury him." They therefore made haste to reach the spot, and did so by the time those who came had laid the bier upon the ground, and four of them with sharp pickaxes
were digging a grave by the side of a hard rock.
About ten men mounted the sides of the Nautilus, armed with pickaxes
to break the ice around the vessel, which was soon free.
As to the pickaxes
and different tools which were Nicholl's especial choice; as to the sacks of different kinds of grain and shrubs which Michel Ardan hoped to transplant into Selenite ground, they were stowed away in the upper part of the projectile.
No answer being returned to this repeated summons, and the detachment who had been sent away, coming back with an accession of pickaxes
, spades, and hoes, they,--together with those who had such arms already, or carried (as many did) axes, poles, and crowbars,-- struggled into the foremost rank, ready to beset the doors and windows.
The sailors ran the ship into a creek, where ten slaves landed, carrying spades and pickaxes
. In the middle of the island they stopped, and after digging some time, lifted up what seemed to be a trapdoor.
"Pardieu!" said Athos, "it was hardly worth while to distribute ourselves for twenty fellows armed with pickaxes
, mattocks, and shovels.
And the new king, with his five faithful followers at his heels, shouldering their pickaxes
and marching in a rank (for they still had a soldier-like sort of behavior, as their nature was), ascended the palace steps.
`Now,' said the old man, `aid me to bury my child.' Carlini fetched two pickaxes
; and the father and the lover began to dig at the foot of a huge oak, beneath which the young girl was to repose.