He tried to give a memorable lesson with the minimum
waste of life and the minimum
expenditure of explosives.
With a minimum
of effort and insignificant losses, despite the greatest confusion, the most important results of the whole campaign were attained: the transition from retreat to advance, an exposure of the weakness of the French, and the administration of that shock which Napoleon's army had only awaited to begin its flight.
As Tarzan stood for a moment looking down upon his kill and regretting that he could not risk voicing his beloved victory cry, the sight of the uniform suggested a means whereby he might pass to and fro through Wilhelmstal with the minimum
chance of detection.
He seemed to flatten out and shoot through the air with the very minimum
of exertion, and at his forefoot ran Nobs, doing his best to turn him.
He spent his evenings poring over accounts, or making endless calculations based on cheaper freights for copra and on the possible maximum and minimum
market prices for that staple of commerce.
Also, he learned from the item that first- class papers paid a minimum
of ten dollars a column.
They encountered the usual number of savage beasts and reptiles; but they met them with a courageous recklessness born of desperation, and by virtue of the very madness of the chances they took, they came through unscathed and with the minimum
The thermometers and barometers had resisted, all but one minimum
thermometer, the glass of which was broken.
The elephant is reckoned to be the slowest breeder of all known animals, and I have taken some pains to estimate its probable minimum
rate of natural increase: it will be under the mark to assume that it breeds when thirty years old, and goes on breeding till ninety years old, bringing forth three pair of young in this interval; if this be so, at the end of the fifth century there would be alive fifteen million elephants, descended from the first pair.
Crime is naturally at a minimum
, but those who persist in it are made slaves (not executed, for why should the State be deprived of their services?
Since then we alternately enjoy the possession of each of these articles, and the present question is comfortably settled once and for all, at a minimum
of trouble and expense.
The compensation--I do not see who is to pay it if I don't, and I have already decided on the minimum