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.
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
said Tom, catching East by the arm, and longing to feel one of them.
They trust to our honour," as East proudly informs Tom; "they know very well that no School-house boy would cut the match.
Crew passes on without a stagger; East is hurled forward by the shock, and plunges on his shoulder, as if he would bury himself in the ground; but the ball rises straight into the air, and falls behind Crew's back, while the "bravoes" of the School- house attest the pluckiest charge of all that hard-fought day.
Oh, it's Brown; he's a new boy; I know him," says East, coming up.
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.