Thou hast guessed the truth, Bess,” said her father; “he has thrown an armful of brush on the pile
, which has burnt out as soon as lighted.
Without waiting for an answer he pulled close to the pile
and extended his hand.
I do not know the name by which this great pile
was known, nor the purposes it fulfilled.
The most skilful geologist, if his attention had been exclusively confined to these large territories, would never have suspected that during the periods which were blank and barren in his own country, great piles
of sediment, charged with new and peculiar forms of life, had elsewhere been accumulated.
The features in the scenery of the Andes which struck me most, as contrasted with the other mountain chains with which I am acquainted, were, -- the flat fringes sometimes expanding into narrow plains on each side of the valleys, -- the bright colours, chiefly red and purple, of the utterly bare and precipitous hills of porphyry, the grand and continuous wall-like dykes, -- the plainly- divided strata which, where nearly vertical, formed the picturesque and wild central pinnacles, but where less inclined, composed the great massive mountains on the outskirts of the range, -- and lastly, the smooth conical piles
of fine and brightly coloured detritus, which sloped up at a high angle from the base of the mountains, sometimes to a height of more than 2000 feet.
On the pile
of railroad ties on the summer eve- ning, he waited expectantly.
At length, the pile
yielded a little, a corner of a blanket fell, and a faint ray of light gleamed into the inner part of the cave.
Wherever one saw a pile
of gravel or a pile
of broken stone, it was always heaped as trimly and exactly as a new grave or a stack of cannon-balls; nothing about those stations or along the railroad or the wagon-road was allowed to look shabby or be unornamental.
As I said these words I busied myself among the pile
of bones of which I have before spoken.
The other two men were with Montgomery, erecting a pile
of smaller packages on a low-wheeled truck.
He, I know--for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made--thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile
of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.
It was as in a fever that I moved the pile
, en bloc, on to the red.