But the ironclads to seaward were now quite close and standing in towards shore past the steamboat.
The fleet of refugees was scattering to the northeast; several smacks were sailing between the ironclads and the steamboat. After a time, and before they reached the sinking cloud bank, the warships turned northward, and then abruptly went about and passed into the thickening haze of evening south- ward.
We laid there all day, and watched the rafts and steamboats
spin down the Missouri shore, and up-bound steamboats
fight the big river in the middle.
Evidently the strange steamboat
had lowered its boats.
And I didn't do badly either, since I managed not to sink that steamboat on my first trip.
"I went forward, and ordered the chain to be hauled in short, so as to be ready to trip the anchor and move the steamboat at once if necessary.
From the junk of the old trading post he resurrected a number of rusty traps, and from one of the steamboat captains he borrowed a rifle.
And when Tarwater sold his holdings to the Bowdie interests for a sheer half-million and faced for California, he rode a mule over a new-cut trail, with convenient road houses along the way, clear to the steamboat landing at Fort Yukon.
When the steamboat
arrived at Dawson, White Fang went ashore.
At least, Mr John Rokesmith was on the pier looking out, about a couple of hours before the coaly (but to him gold-dusty) little steamboat got her steam up in London.
Having thus concluded his address, the amiable cherub embraced his daughter, and took his flight to the steamboat which was to convey him to London, and was then lying at the floating pier, doing its best to bump the same to bits.
The next he knew it was morning, and he opened his eyes to find his boat rubbing softly against the piles of Steamboat
Wharf at Benicia.