"That's the chapel, you see," said East; "and there, just behind it, is the place for fights.
"I say," said East, as soon as he got his wind, looking with much increased respect at Tom, "you ain't a bad scud, not by no means.
Tom listened with the profoundest respect to this chapter of accidents, and followed East across the level ground till they came to a sort of gigantic gallows of two poles, eighteen feet high, fixed upright in the ground some fourteen feet apart, with a cross-bar running from one to the other at the height of ten feet or thereabouts.
"This is one of the goals," said East, "and you see the other, across there, right opposite, under the Doctor's wall.
"Why; that's out of play," answered East. "You see this gravel- walk running down all along this side of the playing-ground, and the line of elms opposite on the other?
Tom wondered within himself, as they strolled back again towards the fives court, whether the matches were really such break-neck affairs as East represented, and whether, if they were, he should ever get to like them and play up well,
He hadn't long to wonder, however, for next minute East cried out, "Hurrah!
"I may come in, mayn't I?" said Tom, catching East by the arm, and longing to feel one of them.
Everywhere the busy firemen were directing their bright streams of water upon the smouldering masses: their hose lay about the square, and long cordons of police held back the gathering lack masses of people, chiefly from the east side, from these central activities.
Now he would circle over the Hudson and East River; now he would go up high, as if to peer away into the blue distances; once he ascended so swiftly and so far that mountain sickness overtook him and the crew and forced him down again; and Bert shared the dizziness and nausea.
As the day wore on, about a dozen reappeared in the east with their stores replenished from the flotilla and towing a number of drachenffieger.
The buildings to the east of it were ablaze at a dozen points, under the flaming tatters and warping skeleton of the airship, and all the roofs and walls were ridiculously askew and crumbling as one looked.