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Fires

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Though the artillery of the left wing of the Russians kept up a steady fire on this mass,--visible like a stain now black, now flaming, in the midst of the trackless snow,--this shot and shell seemed to the torpid creatures only one inconvenience the more.
This work was not completed until long after dark, the men building a huge fire in the center of the clearing to give them light to work by.
Sixty feet in the clear, the dim fire occasionally lighted, through shadowy cross-beams, the ridge-pole that was covered with sennit of coconut that was braided in barbaric designs of black and white and that was stained by the smoke of years almost to a monochrome of dirty brown.
When I began to have a fire at evening, before I plastered my house, the chimney carried smoke particularly well, because of the numerous chinks between the boards.
The fire is in a rough place, but you can pass the night beside it safely, if you'll trust yourselves to me.
I asked, determined not to yield an inch of the fire.
At the door of the hut certain councillors seized me by the arms and dragged me towards the fire.
At the same moment, the fire was once more opened from the woods, and a rifle ball sang through the doorway and knocked the doctor's musket into bits.
So the man listened to her words, and the woman dwelt there, and brought the wood and kindled the fire, till one day her husband said to her, 'It is now two years since you died.
It seems that each green warrior has certain objective points for his fire under relatively identical circumstances of warfare.
Lightning may blast and blacken, but it rarely gives rise to widespread fire.
The Martians had but to advance into the line of fire, and instantly those motionless black forms of men, those guns glittering so darkly in the early night, would explode into a thunderous fury of battle.