At first, Borckman's automatic jammed, and he received a caution from Van Horn for his carelessness in not keeping it clean and thin- oiled.
And Captain Van Horn, who ruled the Arangi in bare legs, a loin cloth, and a sixpenny under-shirt, and ran cannibal blacks back and forth in the blackbird trade with an automatic strapped to his body waking and sleeping and with his head forfeit in scores of salt- water villages and bush strongholds, and who was esteemed the toughest skipper in the Solomons where only men who are tough may continue to live and esteem toughness, blinked with sudden moisture in his eyes, and could not see for the moment the puppy that quivered all its body of love in his arms and kissed away the salty softness of his eyes.
You-all move your chair alongside, Guggenhammer; and you-all Dowsett, sit right there, while I just irrelevantly explain the virtues of this here automatic. She's loaded for big game and she goes off eight times.
The deciding factor was not the big automatic pistol, but the certitude that Daylight would use it.
With the automatic
swiftness of a wild animal the black gathered himself to spring.
At length the hauling-chains, the air-chambers, and the automatic
grappling-irons were put on board.
"An outside observer, unable to perceive the accompanying consciousness, might be wholly at a loss to discriminate between the automatic acts and those which volition escorted.
To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.
Really, I haven't much faith in an automatic
. I have used them myself."
He put on his hat and went out, stopping in at a gun-store, where he spent the remainder of the morning buying automatic
rifles, ammunition, and fishing tackle.
You see the European war has called for the use of a large number of aeroplanes, and as the pilots of them frequently have to fight, and so can not give their whole attention to the machines, some form of automatic
stabilizer is needed to prevent them turning turtle, or going off at a wrong tangent.
He said it was an impressive thing to observe two men, who had been cured by the two processes, engaged in conversation--said their pauses and accompanying movements were so continuous and regular that a stranger would think himself in the presence of a couple of automatic